Nick Watney signs with Nike Golf

World number 20 Nick Watney has signed for Nike Golf on a multi-year deal, his first manufacturing change in ten years as a touring professional

Nick Watney

Nike Golf has announced Nick Watney has joined its Nike Golf Tour Staff in a multi-year deal ahead of the start of the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Watney will employ Nike Golf clubs, balls, footwear, gloves, apparel, headwear and accessories, and will make his Nike debut using the VR_S Covert, the world's first high speed cavity back driver.

He will supplement the VR_S woods with Nike VR Pro Combo irons, Nike VR Pro wedges and and a Nike Method Prototype putter.

Watney will play with the 20XI golf ball - which features more RZN technology - wear apparel from Nike's Tour Performance Collection and sport Nike Lunar Control II footwear.

"I am excited to call myself a Nike athlete," said Watney.

"I am proud to wear the swoosh because it's the symbol of excellence across all sports and golf is no exception."

The Las Vegas native, who is currently 20th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is making his first manufacturing change in his 10-year career as a tour professional.

"Nick is a tremendous athlete with a passion for sports and the Nike brand," added Mark Thaxton, Global Director of Sport Marketing Operations for Nike Golf.

"He is a good, solid, consistent player and one of his main strengths is that he has no weaknesses. We are thrilled to welcome Nick to the Nike family."

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x