With the start of 2016, we'll learn which pro golfers are switching equipment companies for the new year.
Parsons Xtreme Golf made a big splash on Monday, announcing the signing of eight players to its staff. The highlight is reigning British Open champion Zach Johnson, who is leaving Titleist to join PXG. Billy Horschel, the 2014 FedEx Cup winner, is also moving to PXG, from Ping, joining switching PGA Tour players Chris Kirk (Callaway), Charles Howell III (Mizuno) and James Hahn (TaylorMade).
PXG also announced the signing of three LPGA players: Cristie Kerr (Titleist), Gerina Piller (Adams) and Alison Lee (Ping).
The company, founded by GoDaddy founder Dr. Bob Parsons, makes custom-fit clubs that can cost in upwards of $5,000 for a 14-club set. Parsons poached a pair of Ping engineers to start the company, basically offering a blank check to build the best equipment money can make.
Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau are among the big coups for Nike Golf. Kopeka, who is leaving Titleist to join the Swoosh, is the 16th-ranked golfer in the world. Finau, who was with Callaway Golf, had a fantastic rookie season on the PGA Tour, including a string of nine consecutive summer top-25s.
Former top amateurs Denny McCarthy, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Ashley Chesters have also joined the Nike staff, along with European Tour winner Tom Lewis. Lucas Bjerregaard, who came on strong at the end of the European Tour year, also joined Nike.
Callaway Golf announced Thursday that it has signed seven-time major winner Tom Watson away from Adams and added Marc Leishman, who had been with Titleist, to its staff.
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