PXG Staff Players Officially Announced, Rumors Got It Right
Today is the day, and it looks like the rumors were pretty spot on — spot on enough that we were able to guess six out of the eight new staff players, and the majority of golf nuts on Twitter accurately called Gerina Pillar and Alison Lee. So, either it’s a case of some guerrilla marketing, or PXG needs some tighter lips. Either way, it seems to have paid off with the amount of buzz that’s been generated by the young equipment brand.
In a short amount of time, PXG has developed a robust and well-received equipment arsenal. So, after confirming the identity of the players gaming their clubs, the question then focuses on whether or not the new staff players will use the full PXG lineup. Well, PXG has made it known that they are to be considered a top equipment manufacturer, and most of their staffers will be using a full PXG bag. The only club exception? The putter, and the most notable player that will not be using a PXG putter is Zach Johnson who won the 2015 Open Championship with his well-known SeeMore Putter. Also worth noting: there’s an absence of woods in Chris Kirk’s bag . . . will he be sticking with Callaway fairways?
PXG Staff Players’ WITB:
PXG provided short bios, a list of the player’s accomplishments, and a WITB. The following is from PXG.
Zach Johnson, an Iowa native and American professional golfer, has been playing golf since age 10. Johnson turned pro in 1998. In 2007 he won The Masters Tournament by a margin of two strokes. It was his first major title and made him the first player ranked outside the top 50 to win the Masters in the history of the ranking. In 2011 Johnson won the final three regular-season events earing him the nickname “Back-to-Back-to-Back-Zach.” Johnson has captured 12 PGA TOUR wins including the 2015 Open Championship.
WHAT’S IN ZACH’S BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Diamana Blue 73-x; 45.25″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Hzds Red 75-x; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 18° with Hzds Red 75-x; 42.5″
- 0317 Hybrid, 19° head with Fuji Speeder 8.8-x; 40.25″
- 0311 Iron 4 with X-100 stepped soft; +¼”
- 0311T Irons 5-9pw; +¼”
- 0311 54° Wedge with S400; standard length
- 0311T 60° Wedge with S400; standard length
Billy Horschel is a Florida native and has been an American professional golfer since 2009. Horschel’s love for golf began at an early age, when he would practice by trying to hit balls over a pond in his backyard. His dad wouldn’t take him to a golf course until he could consistently conquer the water hazard. All the backyard practice paid off. Horshel claimed his first professional win at the 2013 Zurich Classic. The same year Horschel made U.S. Open history by hitting all 18 greens in one round during the Open at Merion. Horschel continued to turn heads in 2014 when he played one of the best closing stretches in PGA TOUR history and claimed the title FedEx Cup Champion. He is the youngest player to clinch a FedEx Cup victory.
WHAT’S IN BILLY’S BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Hzds Yellow 65-x; 45.25″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Hzds Black 75-x; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 18° with Hzds Black 75-x; 42.5″
- 0311T Irons 4-9pw with AMT X-100; +¼”
- 0311 52° Wedge with AMT X-100
- 0311 56° Wedge with S400; +¼”
- 0311T 60° Wedge with S400; +¼”
- Brandon 2 Putter; 35
Affectionately known by some as “The Quiet Assassin,” Chris Kirk is an American professional golfer whose ball striking talent has earned him 4 PGA TOUR wins. While playing at the University of Georgia, Kirk was a member of the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golf Championship team and was presented with the 2007 Ben Hogan Award. Kirk turned pro in 2007 and claimed his first PGA TOUR win in 2011 at the Viking Classic. In his debut season on the PGA TOUR, he had four top-10s and finished 42nd in FedEx Cup rankings. In 2015 Kirk won his 4th PGA TOUR event at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
WHAT’S IN CHRIS’ BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Diamana D+ white 62-x; 45″
- 0317 Hybrid, 17° with Diamana D+ white 90-x; 40.75″
- 0311T Irons 3-9pw with AMT X-100; +⅝”
- 0311T 54°, 58° Wedges with S400
Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III, an Augusta, Georgia native, has had an uncanny knack for golf since he was a kid – claiming his first sub-70 tournament at the age of 10. An American professional golfer, Howell grew up only a few miles from Augusta National Golf Club and has been inspired by the game his entire life. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and was part of the 2000 NCAA Golf Championship team. In that same year, he was also awarded the Fred Haskins Award, an annual award that honors the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. Howell turned pro in 2000 and competed in his first PGA TOUR event at the age of 17 and remains active on the professional golf circuit.
WHAT’S IN CHARLES’ BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Grandura 75-x; 45.25″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Fuji Pro Tour Spec 85-x; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 18° with Fuji Pro Tour Spec 95-x; 42.5″
- 0311T Irons 3-9pw with KBS V 120; +¼”
- 0311 52° with S400; +¼”
- 0311 56°, 60° Wedges
- Brandon 2 Putter; 35″
James Hahn, a native of South Korea, is a shoe salesman turned American professional golfer playing on the PGA TOUR. Hahn played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley and turned pro after graduating in 2003. He played on the Canadian Tour, Korean Tour and Gateway Tour before joining the Nationwide Tour in 2010. Hahn picked up his first win on tour with the Rex Hospital Open in 2012 and clinched his first PGA TOUR win in 2015 at the Northern Trust Open.
WHAT’S IN JAMES’ BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° head with Fuji Pro Tour Spec 65-x; 44.75″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Fuji 757 Tour Spec x; 43″
- 0317 Hybrid, 17° head with Hzds black 105-x; 40.75″
- 0311T Irons 3-9pw with X-100; +¼”
- 0311T 60° Wedge with S400
- Brandon 2 Putter; 34.75″
Alison Lee is a student at UCLA and an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. A natural born golfer, Lee was barely taller than a golf club when she picked up her first set. She was an AJGA First-Team All-American for six years and accumulated nine wins on the AJGA circuit. In 2013-14, she was ranked #1 for 16 weeks in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Lee played in five LPGA events as an amateur with a career-best showing of T26 at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open. She was also was presented the inaugural ANNIKA Award in 2014, which honors the top collegiate female golfer in the U.S. Lee qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt and turned professional in December of 2014.
WHAT’S IN ALISON’S BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Graphite Design YS Five-s; 45.25″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Graphite Design YS Six-r; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 21° with Graphite Design YS Six-r; 42.50″
- 0311 Irons 5-9pw with Nippon 950-r; standard length
- 0311 50°, 54°, 58° Wedges with Nippon 950-r; standard length
Gerina Piller is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. Piller attended the University of Texas in El Paso, and in 2007, was the Conference USA individual champion Player of the Year and UTEP Female Athlete of the Year. She turned professional in 2007. During the 2009 Futures Tour, she recorded seven top 10 finishes and a career-best tie for second at both the iMPACT Classic and the USI Championship. That same year, she also appeared on the Golf Channel’s reality television competition, The Big Break. Piller finished fifth on the Futures Tour money list in 2010, and earned full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour in 2011. She is married to fellow golf pro Martin Piller, and the pair make a great two-some on and off the course.
WHAT’S IN GERINA’S BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Fuji Speeder Evolution 569-s; 45.50″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Graphite Design MJ 6-s; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 18° with Graphite Design MJ 6-s; 42.50″
- 0311 Irons 4-9pw with Nippon 950-s; standard length
- 0311 50°, 54°, 58° Wedges with Nippon 950-s
- Brandon Putter; 33.325″
Cristie Kerr is an American professional golfer and was the first American player to be ranked #1 in the Official Rolex World Golf Rankings. A natural lefty, Kerr has played right-handed since age 10 to better match with coaching. Prior to turning professional in 1996, Kerr’s amateur career was regarded by many as one of the most decorated in the game’s history. Kerr was honored with the Muhammad Ali Award for Sportsperson of the Year in 2011, and is a two-time ESPY award winner for Female Golfer of the Year. With more than 150 top 10 finishes in her career, Kerr is also one of today’s most prominent breast cancer advocates. In 2003, Kerr founded the nonprofit organization Birdies for Breast Cancer, which has raised more than $2.5 million.
WHAT’S IN CRISTIE’S BAG?
- 0811 Driver, 9° with Graphite Design BB 5-s; 45.25″
- 0341 3-wood, 15° with Diamana white 6-r; 43″
- 0341 5-wood, 18° with Diamana white 6-r; 42.5″
- 0317 Hybrid, 22° with Fuji Pro blue 73-r; 38.75″
- 0311 Irons 4-9pw with Nippon 950-SR; standard length
- 0311 50°, 54°, 58° Wedges with Nippon 950-s
There it is. Let’s see how the PXG staff players do when they’re put to the test this weekend in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk are teeing it up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua.