Bettinardi outrage as putters appear in Costco stores
Famous Tour-proven putter brand Bettinardi has issued a statement of anger regarding the unauthorized distribution of its clubs at Costco.
In a statement on Friday, the company revealed that one of its distributors attempted to sell its products to a Costco store in South America.
The company, founded by Robert J. Bettinardi in 1998, said it was working to remove all clubs from every Costco store and website. Costco is an American company that supplies big box retail stores around the world.
“In an attempt to increase Bettinardi Golf’s distribution in South America, one of our distributors has chosen to breach their contract and sell their Bettinardi product to Costco without Bettinardi Golf’s consent,” the statement read.
Official press release from Bettinardi Golf: pic.twitter.com/rCD6WjYjWZ
— Bettinardi Golf (@BettinardiGolf) September 2, 2022
“We are very proud and work very hard to choose the best retail partners around the world to carry our premium products.
“We are extremely disappointed that one of our distributors is choosing to diminish our brand and end our relationship in this manner – Costco is not an official distributor of Bettinardi Golf.”
Bettinardi is one of the most popular putting brands on the PGA Tour. Matt Fitzpatrick used one of their putters to claim his first major title at the US Open in June.
LIV Golf rebels Sam Horsfield and Jason Kokrak also use the brand. Both players play in the fourth event of the Saudi-backed series near Boston this week.
Tour veterans Fred Couples and Matt Kuchar are also defenders for Bettinardi along with Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Patty Tavatanakit of the women’s game.