Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, signed an endorsement deal with Parsons Xtreme Golf and plans to use several PXG clubs at this week’s British Open at Royal Troon in Scotland.
Schwartzel was seen this week wearing FootJoy shoes and a British Open hat similar to those sold in the merchandise tents. A PXG representative confirmed that starting today Schwartzel will wear a PXG hat and have PXG insignia on his golf bag.
Other PXG staff players, including British Open defending champion Zach Johnson, switched into drivers and irons quickly, then added more clubs over the following weeks, and it appears Schwartzel will do the same.
In a release, PXG founder Bob Parsons said, “Not only is Charl a champion, he is a stand-up guy. The kind of guy we want on our team. I couldn’t be more proud to have such an accomplished player join the team of professionals representing PXG.”
A representative from PXG also told Golfweek that Schwartzel is likely to use a Callaway 3-wood, Ping putter and has been testing both the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls.
Schwartzel is No. 21 in the Official World Golf Ranking. It’s not unusual for highly ranked players to switch from one manufacturer to another, but it is highly unusual for one to change immediately before a major event.