When it comes to golf clubs, Tiger Woods is now a free agent. So are Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Brooks Koepka and a host of other big names. As you read this, club companies could very well be jockeying behind the scenes to sign them.
Billionaire Bob Parsons may or may not turn out to be one of them — but he’s apparently getting some heavy interest from Nike players.
Reached by phone Wednesday night, the founder of GoDaddy.com, who launched his own golf company, PXG, in late 2014, said that he has no plans for any quick moves, even as his own phone continues to ring.
“For now I just don’t know what we’ll do about potentially signing any new players like Rory or Tiger that might be available, but I can say that within an hour of the announcement we had no less than 30 calls from people who have relationships with Nike Golf,” he said in a phone call Wednesday evening. “I think this situation caught a lot of people by surprise, and I’m going to let the golf community digest the news and then see the lay of the land.”
Parsons has already made a splash by signing a handful of popular Tour pros, including Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr and Rocco Mediate.
He added that he never viewed Nike as a rival in the club business — PXG irons retail for about $300 per club, more than triple the price of a similar Nike stick — but instead sees a future ally.
“I don’t compete with Nike on that end of the market, so from a business standpoint I’m not going to benefit from that company leaving the business,” he said. “I do look at it as an opportunity to possibly do business with them as a partner in the future since they’re an awfully good company and a big player in the apparel and shoe markets.”