With the announcement last week that Nike is exiting the golf equipment business but staying in apparel and shoes, there has been a lot of talk about where Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods would end up. Woods said he's already looking elsewhere for "hard goods."
Other companies are surely interested in the most talented player in the game today as well as one of the greats of all time in Woods. But which one do they covet more?
PXG has made a splash in the golf world this season by signing players like Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson and Charles Howell III. Good players, certainly, but not great ones. McIlroy, on the other hand, would be a coup for a new-to-the-industry company like PXG.
"There's no doubt that Tiger has been an icon in the game, that no one has done as much for golf as anyone in history and he's highly respected for that," PXG and GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons told Golf Digest. "But I don't know that his game is what it once was. He went on to say he would not be interested if Woods wanted to join PXG.
On the other hand ...
"Rory's somebody to get excited about," Parsons told Golf Digest. "And I think there are two other guys that have a lot of potential and that's Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau. Both of those are guys we had conversations with before they signed with Nike when Nike wrote them a big check. We'd probably want to chat with Michelle Wie, too."
So that will be interesting. If I'm betting money on it, I would actually expect McIlroy to land here. PXG's clubs have gotten rave reviews as some of the best in the industry, and some of the best ball-strikers around are hitting them.
On the other hand, I have no idea where Woods will land. Could be Mizuno. Could be Titleist. Heck, he could start making his own clubs. I'm not sure anyone has a great feel for where or how Big Cat is going to end up when everything is sorted out presumably by next season.