January 09, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Back in 2009, Moore did not have an endorsement deal in place other than with Callaway Golf to use the company's golf ball. (Lecka/Getty)
When Ryan Moore successfully defended his CIMB Classic title in November, he did so as a full-time TaylorMade staffer with the company's woods and wedges in the bag.
But when Moore tees it up on Friday at the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he'll do so without an equipment contract. Moore, who was under contract with TaylorMade through the end of 2014, decided to pass on signing a new deal with the company.
Instead of looking elsewhere, Moore confirmed he'll play without a full-time equipment deal this year.
"[TaylorMade] made a great offer, but it wasn't the right time or fit for me to sign a deal," Moore told PGATOUR.COM. "My focus is on playing the best golf I can."
This isn't the first time Moore has played on TOUR without an equipment contract. When he won his first PGA TOUR event in 2009 at the Wyndham Championship, he did not have an endorsement deal in place other than with Callaway Golf to use the company's golf ball.
At the conclusion of the 2009 TOUR season, Moore signed a deal with Scratch Golf that saw him not only use their clubs but become a part owner in the company. The following season, in 2010, Moore forfeited his stake in Scratch Golf and agreed to terms with Adam Golf before signing with parent company TaylorMade Golf in 2013.
Moore will continue to play a four-year-old TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP driver and TaylorMade AeroBurner 3-wood — as well as an Adams Idea SUPER 9031 hybrid — but will have a set of Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG) prototype irons (4-PW) and wedges (54 and 60 degrees) in the bag for the first time.
According to Moore, he started started testing prototype irons over the winter and fell in love with Scottsdale-based PXG, which was launched by Bob Parsons, the founder of web domain GoDaddy and owner of Scottsdale National Golf Club and also an avid golfer.
Parson's unveiled his first prototype on Thursday when he tweeted out a photo of an iron with the markings PXG 03x on the back.
"I basically couldn't get them out of my bag," Moore said of the new irons.
He added that he doesn't plan on tinkering with what's in his bag and that he feels this is the best setup at the moment as he tries to win twice in a season for the first time in his career.
- Brian Wacker contributed to this report