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 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.

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
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5