Nike Releases Statement On Tiger Woods

Woods is at Augusta National ahead of The Masters, but he's not wearing Nike shoes...

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Nike has said it will work with Tiger Woods "to meet his new needs" after the 15-time Major winner was spotted wearing FootJoy golf shoes on Sunday at The Masters.

The American was wearing a black pair of FootJoy's Premiere Series Packard shoes on Sunday and was then wearing a white version of the same shoes on Monday.

“Like golf fans around the world, we are delighted to see Tiger back on the course. He is an incredible athlete, and it is phenomenal to see him returning to the game at this level,” the company told ESPN’s Michael Collins (opens in new tab) who reached out to the sportswear giant for comment. “His story continues to transcend sport and inspire us all. As he continues his return, we will work with him to meet his new needs.”

"I reached out to Nike about Tiger Woods and the fact he wasn’t wearing his normal Nike golf shoes. Here’s their full official statement," Collins posted on Instagram.

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Woods looks set to complete a remarkable comeback this week following his near-career-ending car crash in LA last February. He suffered serious leg, foot and ankle injuries and is at Augusta National this week testing his body to see if it can handle the undulating Georgia course.

His injuries may well be the reason why he has opted for a change in the footwear department. Woods has been a Nike athlete since 1996 and continues to wear the brand's apparel.

Woods played a practice round with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples on Tuesday.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x