December 19, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- PXG is gearing up to duplicate or exceed a successful 2016. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The 2015-16 PGA TOUR season was full of compelling equipment stories. With the year coming to a close, the Equipment Report looks back at five that garnered the most attention.
When Ryan Moore showed up at the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions with PXG clubs in the bag, many weren't sure how to react. The sight of equipment from a relative unknown being used by a PGA TOUR winner threw many for a loop — and rightfully so.
At the time, no one knew for sure what founder Bob Parsons had planned for his equipment startup, especially as it pertained to a TOUR presence.
Fast forward more than a year and things have become abundantly clear: Parsons has every intention of making some serious noise in professional golf.
The company bolstered its TOUR staff at the beginning of the season with the addition of two-time major champion Zach Johnson and TOUR winners Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, James Hahn and Charles Howell III.
“We like players who like us – it’s that simple” said Parsons. “Having some of the best golfers in the world want to play our clubs in competition is absolute validation that we’ve done something incredibly special.”
The on-course validation would come later in the year when Hahn notched the company's first win at the Wells Fargo Championship, followed by Moore's title at the John Deere Classic.
Pat Perez and Patrick Reed also recorded TOUR wins with at least one PXG club in the bag. Rocco Mediate (Senior PGA Championship) and Brittany Lang (U.S. Women’s Open) would add further validation with major wins on their respective tours.
With rumors swirling that LPGA phenom Lydia Ko will sign at the beginning of 2017, it appears PXG is gearing up to duplicate or exceed the successful season that turned the Scottsdale, Arizona-based operation into one of the most talked-about equipment storylines.
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