Equipment Company Take A Stance Against LIV Golf

To date the equipment manufacturers have been silent on their players taking up residence with LIV Golf. Even when a player has won there has been no mention of it and they have been dropped down the pecking order on their wesbite.

But one manufacturer, PXG, wants no part of it. Bob Parsons is the face, and voice, of PXG. The brand made a big splash when they burst onto the scene, mainly thanks to Parsons, who was a rifleman in the US Marine Corp and he was awarded the Purple Heart medal of honour during a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He then went on to found GoDaddy which became the largest domain registrar, thanks to some controversial Super Bowl commercials.

Last year Parsons had the likes of Pat Perez, Patrick Reed, Hudson Swafford and Jason Kokrak on his books but their deals were not renewed due to their move to Greg Norman's circuit.

“We’ve had some guys that had contracts that went on that tour, and I honoured the contracts,” Parsons said in an interview with Esquire. “But now that the contracts are up, I have no contract with them, and I don’t think they can contract with sponsors with the LIV tour, at least. I don’t know. I could be speaking out of school, but if I had an opportunity to come up and do it, I wouldn’t do it.”

Given his background Parsons' stance is unsurprising but it does leave his roster of male players a little light with Joel Dahmen, Luke List and Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson as their star turns. They are well represented on the LPGA Tour with Celine Boutier their most recent winner.

“With the stuff that went down on 9/11, I have a hard time getting involved with LIV. I know, sometimes, bygones got to be bygones, and I’ve forgiven a lot of people. One of them is Jane Fonda for what she did during the Vietnam War. I’m no longer angry at her. I get it. She was young and stupid. But I just cannot bring myself to do anything with LIV, and the guys who are heroes, they all agree with that.”

Reed appears to be in a bit of an equipment limbo having jumped from one brand to another in the past decade.