Rumour: Tiger Woods to play final event with Nike Golf at PNC Championship?

Tiger Woods will allegedly play in his final event with Nike Golf at the PNC, according to No Laying Up. 

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Tue, 5 Dec 2023
Rumour: Tiger Woods to play final event with Nike Golf at PNC Championship (?!)

Tiger Woods will allegedly play in his final tournament with Nike Golf at the PNC Championship, according to the popular No Laying Up podcast. 

Woods, who turns 48 on December 30, finished 18th out of 20 players in his annual Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas last week.

The unofficial PGA Tour event marked Woods' first competitive start since undergoing ankle surgery after withdrawing from The Masters in April. 

Although Woods was seen in his customary Nike Golf cap and clothing at the Hero World Challenge, the 15-time major champion was once again seen without Nike Golf footwear, which was also the case in the first major of the season at Augusta National. 

Eagle-eyed Woods fans also spotted he was without his customary Nike sunglasses for the first time.

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According to No Laying Up, they have heard whispers Woods will be parting ways with Nike following the PNC Championship where he will tee it up alongside his son Charlie Woods from December 16-17. 

If that is indeed the case, it would bring to an end a 27-year partnership between Woods and Nike Golf. 

The No Laying Up Podcast believes a new apparel brand will start up by one of the OEMs in 2024. 

Other Nike Golf athletes could be involved in the shake-up, too, confirms NLU. 

No Laying Up is quoted as saying: 

"Hearing some stuff that the PNC was allegedly his last tournament with Nike. So we'll see what happens there for similar things and some other Nike athletes as well. Potential apparel brand being started by one of the OEMs."

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE - skip to 1hr 24min for the line about Tiger Woods potentially parting ways with Nike Golf. 

The popular Tiger Woods social media fan account, TWLegion, tweeted in response: 

"The Nike rumblings are not new and have been ongoing for some time. There is the shoe situation - but there are some other signs as well, such as Tiger no longer wearing Nike sunglasses. Apparently no TW apparel in at least the preliminary ‘24 catalogue as well. Will be interesting to see what happens as 10 year contract was up for renewal."

In a further post by TWLegion, the account understands Nike Golf apparel division could be run by Srixon / Cleveland: 

"Nike Golf is apparently not shutting down in ‘24 - but its golf apparel division is going to be run through Srixon / Cleveland is my understanding. So regardless of the situation with Tiger, operational changes are coming to Nike Golf next year."

Woods last week told the media he is hopeful he can compete in one tournament per month on the PGA Tour in 2024. 

Some sports fans are contemplating a similar scenario could play out like when tennis ace Roger Federer left Nike in the summer of 2018 after a 24-year partnership.

Federer ended up moving over to Japanese clothing retail chain Uniqlo on a 10-year deal worth $300m, albeit he retired in 2022. 

We will have more information about Woods' potential split with Nike Golf when we have it available. 

GolfMagic has reached out to Nike but has yet to receive comment. 

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