One of the longest sponsor relationships in golf came to an end Wednesday, as Phil Mickelson replaced Barclays with another company in the financial sector, Intrepid Financial Partners.
Mickelson, who had a relationship with the bank for nine years, wore the Barclays logo on the right side of his polo shirt and was paraded around by the company every August for the US PGA Tour event it sponsored from 2005 to 2016.
In an interesting twist, Intrepid's founder and CEO, Hugh "Skip" McGee, was with Barclays from 2008 to 2014 before leaving as its top U.S. executive to start Intrepid, an energy-focused merchant bank based in New York and Houston.
"I can't think of a better ambassador for the Intrepid brand than Phil," McGee said, in a statement.