PXG golf clubs and billionaire owner Bob Parsons have to be loving the free advertising the high-end clubmaker is receiving since Nike left the golf equipment business, igniting media speculation on which company Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy would put their names on and it makes sense that Parsons would ride that wave as far as possible.
Of course, the media likes to throw around the big names as if they’re a launchpad to certain success for equipment manufacturers, but consider that PXG is charging about $5,000 for a set of clubs, so it’s attracting a small niche market.
Then, figure the price tag that one or both of Woods and McIlroy would have attached to them, even if it isn’t what the Swoosh was paying them. Even with the $5,000 price, would PXG sell enough to justify the cost of one or both players or are they better-suited for a more mass market company?
Would Parsons use his business acumen or would it all be about ego in landing one or two of the top names in the game? After all, ego has never played a role in golf before, has it?
Media speculation is futile, but will continue anyway, as the unpredictable Parsons steers PXG into uncharted waters
Adam Hadwin topped all Canadians in final FedEx Cup points, finishing 84th, while David Hearn was 91st and Graham DeLaet 119th, while Nick Taylor finished just outside the top 125 in 129th place. Taylor’s status is fine for next year since he’s still on the exemption he earned for winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2014. The final FedEx standings are here. The top 125, of course, get into the FedEx Cup playoffs, which get started this week at the Barclays at Bethpage Black … Brooke and Brittany Henderson wisely said they would take precautions against the Zika virus while at the Olympics and they looked as if they were playing/caddying on a crisp autumn day, so it couldn’t have been easy in the Rio heat …
You can view the full field for this week’s CP Women’s Open here. Lydia Ko, fresh off winning the silver medal at the Olympics, is defending champ … The LPGA Tour heads east from Priddis Greens in Calgary to the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear in Cambridge, Ont., next week … Like many golf events in the province this year, the PGA of Alberta Championship was affected by weather on Monday, with play delayed several times before finally being called for the day due to standing water on many of the greens at the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club. Play is to resume on Tuesday when light rain is expected with a northwest 25 km/h wind … With the CP Women’s Open being played at Priddis Greens near Calgary beginning on Thursday, there is a 40 per cent chance of a shower for the first round and a 70 per cent chance during Saturday’s third round. There’s a 20 per cent chance of rain Friday and Sunday, but it appears the LPGA event will be played under variable conditions with temperatures ranging from 15 C on Thursday to 21 C on Saturday. The final round Sunday is expected to be played in 18 C temperatures. Wind could be a factor as well, particularly on Saturday … The WinCo Foods Portland Open is the last tournament on the schedule before the Web .com Tour Finals get underway and players will be jockeying not only for the top 25 on the money list who move on to the PGA Tour next year, but also the top 75 who earn a spot in the four-event finals in which another 25 PGA Tour cards will be available. The finals get underway with the DAP Championship in Beachwood, Ohio, Sept. 8-11, and conclude at the Web .com Tour Championship in Atlanta Oct. 6-9. Playing in Portland this week are Albin Choi, Brad Fritsch, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip. As it stands right now, Fritsch and Hughes, both tournament winners this year, are the only Canadians in the top 25, with Fritsch in 11th and Hughes in 15th. Currently, Sloan (45), Svensson (56) and Choi (68) are in the top 75. Pendrith is 92nd and Yip made a big jump from 117th to 95th after his T8 in Knoxville, but still has a lot of work ahead of him this week. The good news is that the $800,000 purse in Portland is the highest among regular season events on the Web .com Tour …
J.J. Spaun, who won the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., got on to the Web .com Tour by winning last year’s Order of Merit on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. Before his final win on Sunday, Spaun had a couple of runner-up finishes and four other top 10s in his rookie year. As a result, he was fifth on the money list prior to his win, which moved him to third with $335,432, so he’s off to the PGA Tour next year as a member of the top 25 … Spaun is the second consecutive Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit winner to triumph on the Web .com Tour after Hughes, who took the title in 2013, won the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., the week before. He’ll also move on to the PGA Tour next year, along with Fritsch, as it stands right now. … On the Champions Tour, Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle are at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., that gets underway Friday … The Symetra Tour is off this week, but despite her third-place finish last week, Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is still outside the top 10 on the money list who will graduate to the LPGA Tour at the end of the season. James stands 12th, with Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., in 17th … Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., may not have won in a three-man playoff at the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops on Sunday in Ottawa, but he did solidify his position within the top five on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit, moving from fifth to fourth with $53,493 … The pre-qualifier for the Shaw Charity Classic will be played Thursday at Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club. The draw is here … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if predictions of golf “dying” in the media were unfair and more common than other industries in similar circumstances. A strong majority, or 72 per cent, said yes … This week’s poll asks readers to describe the interest level among staff/golfers where they work for Olympic golf while it was in progress. As of this writing, 32 per cent said the interest level was better than expected, while 16 per cent said the interest level was high. Another 26 per cent said there was some interest, but 26 per cent also said there was no interest. If you haven’t done so already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.