Tiger Woods Spotted Wearing Non-Nike Shoes At Augusta National

Appearing at Augusta National on Sunday, many social media users noticed something different about Tiger

Tiger's shoes
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods sent golf Twitter into meltdown on Sunday night, as he was pictured on the range at Augusta National (opens in new tab) before heading out onto the course for a practice round. It was obviously fantastic to see the five-time Green Jacket winner out in a competitive environment, but some couldn't help but notice something different about Tiger...

Hitting golf balls out on the range, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Tiger was wearing a pair of FootJoy Premiere Series Packard shoes , instead of his usual Nike. Although it is unclear as to why Tiger was wearing them, it is possibly down to the injury he sustained in the serious car crash back in February 2021.

After the accident (opens in new tab), Tiger revealed that he came close to having his right leg amputated. However, just 14 months on, he has made a miraculously recovery, with the possibility of a Masters appearance looking more and more likely each day.

Back in February, Tiger admitted: “I can still play, but I’m in a cart. Being a weekend warrior is easy, that’s not that hard. Hit your ball, hop in a cart, ride, barely step out of the cart, grab your club and hit the next one. The longest walk you have is probably from, what, the cart to the green and back. 

"I can do that, that’s not that hard, but walking a golf course, that’s a totally different deal. Then walking out here for days on end, long days. Don’t forget when my back was bad, when we had rain delays and had to reactivate everything and go back out there again. I’ve still got that issue, too. I’ve got a long way to go.”

Tiger Woods' golf shoes

The FootJoy Premiere Series Packard's on the range

(Image credit: Getty Images)

However, just six weeks after calling himself a "weekend warrior," the 15-time Major winner has made a serious recovery and managed to play a practice round on Tuesday with his son, Charlie, and close friend, Justin Thomas. (opens in new tab)

What's more, a source on the ground at Augusta National (opens in new tab)gave a positive account to ESPN (opens in new tab), stating: "He played every one of them (18 holes). He looked good to me."

After flying back on the Wednesday, Tiger the posted on Twitter that (opens in new tab): "I will be heading up to Augusta today (Sunday) to continue my preparation and practice. It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete. Congratulations to 16-year-old Anna Davis on an amazing win at the @anwagolf and good luck to all the kids in the @DriveChipPutt." 

Tiger's golf shoes

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods' shoes

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Following Tiger being spotted at Augusta National with non-Nike shoes, the brand released a statement to Michael Collins, also known as the ESPN Caddie, which read: "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. 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."

A post shared by Michael Collins (@espncaddie) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.