Speculation has been swirling about Tiger Woods and his relationship with Nike, which began when he turned pro in 1996.
Woods had no interest in the topic at the PNC Championship, saying only that “I’m still wearing their product,” and sternly repeating the phrase when asked if this was the end of his deal.
He has only played seven times (10 weekend rounds) since his February 2021 car crash. He returned from that wearing FootJoy shoes. Nike put out a statement of support, but 18 months later, he still was only wearing the swoosh on his shirt, not his shoes.
Another different look was his son, 14-year-old Charlie, not wearing a red Nike shirt on Sunday but a purple tone and the logo of Greyson Clothiers, a brand also worn by Justin Thomas.
During Tiger Woods’ presser, he’s asked about his relationship with Nike, which has been rumored to be coming to an end after this year.
“I’m still wearing their product [right now],” he said, and then repeated that line when asked if that would be the case for the future. pic.twitter.com/s2a8gfFgh2
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) December 16, 2023
Is that an NIL deal? It sure looked that way when retired Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald posted on Instagram of Charlie and wrote, “Welcome to the @greysonclotheirs family, Charlie.”
Among golf ambassadors for Greyson are Thomas, Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald, Erik van Rooyen, Luke List and Alison Lee on the LPGA Tour.
As for Woods? He likely won’t be at another tournament until the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.