Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Promotion -

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.

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