Sergio Garcia spotted with Ping clubs in the bag in Abu Dhabi .

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The first few weeks of the new year always delivers at least one equipment curveball no one saw coming. Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy suddenly embracing hybrids for the first time in their careers enjoyed a brief run in the pole position, but based on a photo coming out of Abu Dhabi, it has quickly been bypassed by Sergio Garcia toting around a bag full of new gear at a sponsor event prior to the HSBC Championship.

Garcia signed an equipment deal with Callaway at the beginning of 2018, but according to a company representative, the two parties agreed to part ways after last season, making him a free agent.

“I can confirm Callaway did not renew its agreement with Sergio for the 2020 season,” the representative told GOLF.com. “We parted on great terms and the option for Sergio to carry Callaway equipment in the future remains.”