The battle of the brands has begun, and only Tiger Woods can stop it.
According to Woods’s longtime friend Notah Begay, a bevy of golf equipment manufacturers have flooded the 14-time major winner’s Jupiter, Florida home with their products, all of them vying to fill the void left by Nike’s exit from the golf equipment business.
“I walked into his dining room and it was like going into a PGA [Tour] Superstore now that Nike’s equipment line no longer exists,” Begay said. “He’s trying a variety of different things, trying to get a sense of where he’s going to go from this point on.”
Woods’s isn’t the only big bag up for grabs. World No. 5 Rory McIlroy told the media at The Barclays last week that he has his fair share of suitors as well.
“I haven’t been home but apparently my parents’ house has been inundated with golf equipment from different manufacturers sending me stuff,” McIlroy said. “I haven’t asked for it, but it’s there.”
Both Woods and McIlroy have represented the Nike Golf brand for years, using Nike balls, clubs and apparel, but will be able to choose new equipment moving forward.