Moore, Scratch No Longer a Match
By Stephanie Wei under Equipment

Ryan Moore scratches Scratch

The unique, year-long relationship between Ryan Moore and Scratch Golf has ended.

After making headlines playing logo-free golf in 2009, Moore signed an unconventional endorsement contract with the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based custom clubmaker last November. In exchange for using Scratch Golf irons and wedges and wearing the logo on his clothing and bag, he took equity ownership interest in the company, integrated with performance-based incentives. Moore was the first (and only) full-time Scratch staffer on the PGA Tour.

“Scratch and I have parted ways,” Moore told this site  in a phone interview. “I enjoyed my year with (the company). It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out.”

In the split, Moore opted to relinquish his equity ownership to ease the transition out of the company.

“The nature of our agreement dictates that Ryan will no longer hold any ownership interest in Scratch Golf,” said Scratch owner and CEO Ari Techner in a statement posted on the company’s website. “This decision will allow both Ryan and Scratch Golf to pursue other opportunities in the golf industry and on Tour.

“We hope Ryan will continue to play our clubs and we wish Ryan all the best in his future endeavors.”

Moore, who has a footwear endorsement deal with Dallas-based company TRUE Linkswear, is a free agent in the club department. Asked if he plans to sign a sponsorship agreement with an equipment company in the off-season, he says it’s a possibility —  as it always has been since he decided to play sponsor-free in 2009.

Two weeks ago in his last start at CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Moore switched out his Scratch irons for a set of Pings. He finished T5.

When the Herculean amateur turned professional in 2005, he signed a three-year deal with Ping that expired after the 2008 season. This isn’t to say that Moore will stick with those irons in the upcoming season. He’s still in the “testing mode” in that regard.

What about the rest of his bag? “I’ve played with an Adams driver, 3-wood and hybrid for the past two years,” Moore said.

“I love their products, I like the company and it would be a great fit for me. I’m very comfortable with them.”

That sounds promising. Elaborate, please! Moore declined to comment publicly. In good conscience players and manufacturers do not share information when still under contract.