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Open champ Johnson signs with PXG

Golf Channel

Morning Drive

:49 segment length

Note: Geoff Shackelford who is the commentator is the one who released the letter to SNGC members

 

Zach Johnson Among 8 Players Moving to PXG

AP

By Doug Ferguson

Note: BP Interview

Bob Parsons conducts business to an extreme, and that now includes golf clubs. The people he hired to build his golf clubs have no limitations and no deadlines. Money is no object, either, and that better be the case for the consumers. … “Making money is not what I have in mind,” Parsons said. “My goal with this is to build some very incredible clubs without regard to cost, without regard to the process. I’ve been telling people what I’m doing and I’ve heard many times, ‘You’re nuts.’ That’s a very good sign.”

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New York Times

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Open champ Johnson joins Parsons Xtreme Golf staff

Golf Channel

By Rex Hoggard

Note: Quotes from BP and Zach Johnson

Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) – a new golf club company started last April by GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons – announced on Monday an expanded PGA Tour staff that will now include Open champion Zach Johnson. Johnson joins 2014 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Charles Howell III and James Hahn on the PXG staff, which already included Ryan Moore. … “They are a new old company, that’s the best way I can explain it,” Johnson said. “You have individuals that want to grow the game and I would say even transform the game and give me resources that are essentially unlimited. That’s a pretty awesome formula.” … “What we have shown is what can be done if you think differently,” said Parsons, an avid golfer who also owns Scottsdale (Ariz.) National.

 

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons on PXG, His Burgeoning Golf Business

Golf.com

By Josh Sens

Note: BP Interview

By his own account, Bob Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, used to spend upwards of a quarter of a million dollars a year on golf clubs. Then he started getting serious about the game. … His one commandment: make the best equipment possible, cost be damned. … The New Year’s ball had barely dropped on 2016 when more PXG news broke: eight more A-list players had signed on to play the clubs, including Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Rocco Mediate and Charles Howell III. In the wake of that announcement, with the Tour’s West Coast swing kicking into gear, GOLF.com caught up with the frank-talking Parsons to ask about his plunge into the crowded equipment market, what he thinks about the competition, and whether there are other marquee Tour names he’s looking to lure into his camp.

Pickups: 4

 

#PXGTroops Deployment Grows to 12

GolfWRX

By Tony Covey

The rumors we reported last month were confirmed today as PXG officially announced additions to its rapidly expanded tour staff. Here’s the complete list of #PXGTroops (yup, there’s an official hashtag) joining Ryan Moore, Rocco Mediate, Beatriz Recari, and Sadena Park:

 

How does an upstart clubmaker gain credibility? Sign 8 new tour pros, including the British Open champ

Golf Digest

By Mike Johnson

Although the PGA Tour is a few months into its 2015-’16 schedule, the start of the new year remains the time when equipment companies typically add new players to their tour staffs. Making the biggest splash as the calendar turned was start-up Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), which announced Monday the signings of British Open champion Zach Johnson and former FedEx Cup champ Billy Horschel, as well as James Hahn, Chris Kirk, Charles Howell III on the PGA Tour and LPGA players Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller and Alison Lee.

 

The More, The Merrier at PXG

GolfWorld

By Mike Johnson

Although the PGA Tour is a few months into its 2015-’16 schedule, the start of the new year remains the time when equipment companies typically add new players to their tour staffs. … “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.” All of the company’s tour staff will use PXG’s 0811 driver.

 

Horschel, Johnson sign with PXG which sells clubs for $5,000 a set

CBS Sports

By Kyle Porter

Your first question in reading this post is probably, “what is PXG?” It’s a valid one. This week is unofficially national signing week for golf equipment companies. GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons has made quite a splash for his club company, Parsons Xtreme Golf. PXG signed Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, James Hahn, Chris Kirk, Davis Love III and Charles Howell III to its stable of golfers for 2016. It’s a fascinating move for a company that previously only employed Ryan Moore and Rocco Mediate.

 

 

PXG’S FREE AGENCY SPLASH

Score Golf

By Rick Young

Less than a week into the New Year and the golf industry’s first significant story has emerged. It was not unexpected. GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons has been promising for quite some time his upstart golf company, Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), would make a splash in 2016. It has done that this early in the calendar year by diving straight into the deep end of professional golf’s free agency pool. Overnight the Phoenix, Ariz.-based brand made the big reveal of a rather impressive tour staff for 2016.

 

PXG Sign Stars Including Johnson and Horschel

Golf Monthly

By Will Medlock

Parsons Xtreme Golf has unveiled a host of PGA Tour signings ahead of the 2016 season, including last year’s Open champion Zach Johnson. The exciting new company, for the many of you who don’t know, is the brainchild of billionaire GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, who hired a pair of ex-PING engineers and gave them the task to build golf clubs under no limitations and with no deadlines, with money as no object.

 

PXG staff led by Open champ Johnson

Bunkered

By Craig Dennett

Reigning Open champion Zach Johnson leads a new line-up of 12 golfers that will put Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) clubs in play during the 2016 season. Branded #PXGTroops, Johnson is joined by Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, James Hahn, Charles Howell III, Cristie Kerr, Alison Lee and Gerina Pillar, while Ryan Moore will continue using the clubs he first put in play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2015. Rocco Mediate, Beatriz Recari and Sadena Parks will also continue their association.

PXG – what the players said

“The decision to put PXG clubs in play is not one I took lightly. My entire team, from caddie to coach, was part of the discernment process. We all agree that PXG is undeniably the best equipment to help me achieve my goals on the course.” – Zach Johnson

“The technology is beyond anything else I’ve played. Putting PXG clubs in play has been a great decision.” – Ryan Moore

“Being part of PXG is like being part of a very special movement in golf.” – Billy Horschel

“I can’t remember being this excited about putting new equipment into play.” – Cristie Kerr

 

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Zach Johnson leads golfers switching to PXG clubs

USA Today

By Steve DiMeglio

Zach Johnson, who won last year’s British Open in a playoff at the Old Course in St. Andrews, has switched to start-up PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf). The company, established in 2014 by GoDaddy.com founder and self-proclaimed golf nut Bob Parsons, announced Monday an impressive roster of players in addition to Johnson who have made the switch to PXG…. “The transition was easy from an iron standpoint. The key for me was the driver,” Johnson said from Hawaii, where he’ll begin the New Year in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions starting Thursday. Johnson said he consulted with his whole team about the switch. “I felt like it was love at first sight, if you will, with a little bit of lust there, too, if you will but you have to still work at it. And the love has continued to grow…. “I was thoroughly impressed after I hit about 10 balls with them,” Horschel said. “The feel was so amazing. A softer feel, a more solid feel with the ball coming off the club. And I was immediately impressed with how well they were going through the ground, making really nice divots. And after hitting more balls, we saw an immediate impact on TrackMan. I was hitting the ball farther, about 5-7 yards per club.” “ … When people understand what PXG is all about, they will find out they are building the best clubs out there.”

 

PXG announces its 2016 Tour staff

GolfWRX

By Andrew Tursky

PXG has finally put the rumors to rest by announcing the additions to its 2016 Tour staff, which includes five new PGA Tour golfers — Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, James Hahn and Charles Howell III — and four new LPGA Tour golfers: Christie Kerr, Alison Lee, Beatriz Recari and Gerina Piller. … Off-season club changes and sponsor switches are usually grounds for speculation, but in the case of PXG, the conversation is even more intriguing. Rarely is there a new equipment company that makes such a big splash on Tour.

 

New Year, New Clubs

Links Magazine

By James Frank

Along with the ball dropping in Times Square, one sure sign of a new year is pro golfers changing their equipment affiliations. Common as it is, today’s announcement from PXG—the one-year-old club company started by billionaire Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy.com—is noteworthy for the number and names of players who will be swinging PXG clubs this year. Eight PGA and LPGA notables are making the switch …

 

Which pros are switching equipment companies for 2016?

Golf News Net

By Staff

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.

 

PXG MAKE A MAJOR MOVE

Golf Punk

By Daniel Owen

Note: Includes loaded questions with Zach Johnson

We knew Parsons Xtreme Golf were going to make a big noise in 2016, but we didn’t know they were going to ruckus this hard. The new upstart company have signed eight new players to their tour staff for the year including current Open Champion and double major winner Zach Johnson, former FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel, and double women Major Champion Christie Kerr.

 

Bob Parsons signs 12 pro golfers to his Parsons Xtreme Golf tour lineup

Phoenix Business Journal

By Hayley Ringle

Note: Includes player slide show

Billionaire businessman Bob Parsons has signed 12 PGA and LPGA tour professionals to use his Parsons Xtreme Golf equipment. Among them are 2015 British Open Champion Zach Johnson, 2014 FedExCup Champion Billy Horscheland U.S. Women’s Open Champion Cristie Kerr. Parsons announced his Scottsdale-based PXG 2016 tour lineup today for his golf equipment company, adding eight well-known names to the current tour roster.

 

Parsons Xtreme Golf signs Z. Johnson, Horschel, Kirk

PGATOUR.com

By Jonathan Wall

Parsons Xtreme Golf is still a relative newcomer in golf circles, but over the course of the last year, the Scottsdale-based equipment manufacturer that was founded by Bob Parsons, the founder of web domain GoDaddy, has made some significant noise — especially on the PGA TOUR. Less than a year after Ryan Moore became PXG’s first TOUR staffer — Moore started using PXG clubs at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and became a full-time staffer at the Shell Houston Open — the company announced the addition of five players for 2016: Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, James Hahn and Charles Howell III.

 

  1. Johnson, Koepka headline 2016 equipment changes

Yahoo Sports

By Ryan Ballengee

It’s an annual tradition in golf, starting out the year with a shuffle of pros going from one equipment sponsor to another. And, so far, the action has been pretty substantial, thanks in part to upstart boutique equipment marker Parsons Xtreme Golf. Created by GoDaddy founder and admitted golf junkie Bob Parsons, PXG was developed with the idea of building the world’s best golf clubs, almost without regard for price. … Reigning British Open champion Zach Johnson left Titleist after many years to join PXG, as did 2014 FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel, who had been playing Ping equipment. Among the others joining the PXG staff are Chris Kirk, James Hahn, Charles Howell III, as well as LPGA pros Cristie Kerr, Alison Lee and Gerina Piller.

 

Open Championship Winner Zach Johnson Signs with New Golf Club Maker Parsons Xtreme Golf

The Big Lead

By Michael Shamburger

On Monday, PXG announced they had signed two-time major winner Zach Johnson. Johnson won the 2015 Open Championship and joins 2014 FedExCup champ Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Charles Howell III, James Hahn, and Ryan Moore.

 

Johnson signs with PXG; Nike adds Koepka

ESPN.go.com

By Bob Harig

Reigning Open champion Zach Johnson has signed a new endorsement contract with Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG) — which started doing business just last spring. The new company was started by GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons, who also signed 2014 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, James Hahn, Charles Howell III and Chris Kirk. Ryan Moore had previously been on the playing staff. Champions Tour player Rocco Mediate also endorses PXG. … “One thing you’ll see on our clubs that you won’t see on any others is a warning: Our clubs are amazing but expensive,” Parsons told Golf.com. “The guys we sell to mostly belong to private clubs, they’re businessmen, they’re a little bit older, and anything they can do to help their game, they’ll do it. Often, the guys we sell to don’t even ask what they cost.”

 

GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons launching expensive line of golf clubs

San Jose Mercury News

By Staff

When you have a terrible day on the golf course, it’s all too easy to blame the equipment. But perhaps it’s a little tougher to justify when that equipment costs $5,000. Bob Parsons, the billionaire founder of web registration company GoDaddy, has launched into the golf club business, his set of PXG irons will retail for at least five-grand, and his stable of PGA Tour pros is growing. … “We all agree that PXG is undeniably the best equipment to help me achieve my goals on the course,” Johnson told the Associated Press.

 

PXG makes big splash in golf equipment market

TSN

By Bob Weeks

January not only means the start of the new golf season, but also the annual musical chairs of players switching allegiances with equipment companies. … No company has made as big a splash in the early going as Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG). Its 2016 lineup of staff players, announced Monday, includes Open champion Zach Johnson, Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, James Hahn and LPGA players Cristie Kerr and Gerina Pillar. Ryan Moore was the company’s first staff player, signing on at the start of last year. You can be forgiven if PXG doesn’t sound familiar.

 

Zach Johnson switches equipment companies

The Gazette

By Mike Hlas

Zach Johnson has changed the golf clubs he’ll use on the 2016 PGA Tour. Johnson had spent his entire 12-year Tour career using Titleist equipment, but has signed a contract with PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf), owned by GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons. “My entire team, from caddie to coach, was part of the discernment process,” Johnson said in a news release. “We all agree that PXG is undeniably the best equipment to help me achieve my goals on the course.”

 

 

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