SCHWARTZEL JUMPS TO PXG
id-year equipment changes are uncommon but not nonexistent. Switching right before a big event isn’t even a non-starter (see Phil Mickelson’s move to Callaway before the 2004 Ryder Cup). Still, Charl Schwartzel’s departure from Nike to sign with upstart PXG – and then put the company’s driver, irons and one of its wedges in the bag at the Open Championship – was interesting if not eye-raising. Part of the reason for questioning the change was Schwartzel. After winning the Valspar Championship in March, he raved about Nike’s driver,
Mputter and golf ball. But PXG has drawn much interest over the past 18 months from both everyday players and tour pros for its high-end line of irons and metalwoods. Meanwhile, major wins from Rocco Mediate on the Champions Tour and Brittany Lang at the US Women’s Open helped validate the brand. “I feel like PXG is behind me,” Schwartzel said in a company statement. “They have taken an interest in all aspects of my game and are committed to helping me play the best golf of my life.” At the Open, Schwartzel finished T-18 while ranking T-16 in greens in regulation.