Tiger Woods will switch to a version of the Nike Golf Tour Accuracy ball beginning with the U.S. Open, according to his agents, IMG, International Management Group.
Woods had an endorsement deal with Titleist to play its balls since he turned pro in 1996 and signed a five-year, $20 million deal that included playing Titleist clubs.
Woods is expected to continue playing the clubs, but a contract that was renegotiated at the end of last year allowing Woods to play other balls.
An announcement detailing Woods plans to play the Nike ball was expected today. Woods and Nike have been in the process of negotiating a new deal to take effect when his current five-year, $40 million deal ends in August 2001. Nike officials had said that if Woods were to switch balls, his current deal would be amended to pay him for using both the ball and Nike gloves.
Woods has been testing the Nike ball since the beginning of this year and played it in competition for the first time at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open two weeks ago and again at the Memorial Tournament, which he won on Monday.