Category: Nike


November 13, 2013

Cheyenne Woods mimics Uncle Tiger's Nike trick

Posted at 3:40 PM by Pete Madden

Tiger isn't the only one in the Woods family with serious golf skills.

Cheyenne Woods, 23, is a professional golfer with over 30 amateur victories whose father, Earl Dennison Woods Jr., is Tiger's half-brother.

She recently took to Instagram to show off an homage to Tiger's famous early career golf ball juggling act.

Tiger's trick spawned a legion of copycats -- both professionals and amateurs -- and still stands as one of the coolest golf commercials ever.

What do you think? Who's got the better trick?

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July 17, 2013

Report: Tiger Woods inks new deal with Nike

Posted at 3:16 PM by Coleman McDowell

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Tiger Woods has signed a new contract with Nike, according to ESPN.com.

Mark Steinberg, Tiger's agent, said in the report that he was "thrilled" to be able to complete this deal with Nike, which will replace the current contract that expires at the end of this year. Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996 and signed for $40 million over five years. This contract will be Woods' fourth with the company. Terms were not disclosed.

"It's not just about having one of the greatest golfers of all time or one of the greatest athletes of all time on staff. "It's about how insightful he is with the product -- how he can help them with innovation. I think there will be a lot of that."

"Look at his shoe -- that is something he created with Nike. That's a workout and a golf shoe in one. That's an example of them really working together. They've done that for 17 years. I think you're going to see more and more of that, and maybe a more pinpointed direct approach."

Cindy Davis, the president of Nike golf, expressed her excitement on retaining the face of Nike Golf.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Tiger. He is one of Nike's most iconic athletes and has played an integral part in Nike Golf's growth since the very beginning."

Steinberg said he was confident Tiger "will be with Nike for the rest of his career."

(Photos: Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated)

June 03, 2013

Tiger Woods close to re-signing endorsement deal with Nike

Posted at 12:23 PM by Coleman McDowell

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Winning apparently does take care of everything.

Nike is close to re-signing the world's No. 1 player, according to a report by ESPN. Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, said a deal was imminent. 

Steinberg said, "We're down to the very, very short strokes right now. I would expect we would come out with some sort of joint announcement when we get the paperwork signed. I hope this is viewed as a pretty bold statement."

Tiger said it was "just a matter of time" before the deal gets done.

Woods said, "This starts from the top down, from the years with signing with [Nike founder] Phil [Knight]. And building that relationship. Obviously Nike Golf has grown over the years. It's been fun being part of that and we get to continue that for X-number of years now."

Steinberg said he feels that this extension will keep Tiger aligned with Nike for the remainder of his career. Woods also has deals with EA Sports, Rolex, Fuse, Kowa and NetJets.

Tiger first donned the Swoosh in 1996 before he turned professional for a five year, $40 million dollar deal. He followed that up with an extension that reportedly topped $100 million over five years, at the time the richest in sports marketing history. His current deal was a seven-year contract that began in 2006 and ranged from a reported $20-40 million per year.

His income peaked in 2007, when he earned almost $128 million with approximately $105 million coming from sponsors. After his 2009 scandal, Woods lost sponsorships from Gatorade, Accenture, Tag Heuer and AT&T. Nike stuck with him.

Woods topped SI's Fortunate 50 list every year from 2004-11, but fell to third last year and finished a paltry fifth this year, only banking over $40 million.

His new Nike deal can't hurt his chances in reclaiming the top spot on the list in '14.

(Photo: Getty)

April 19, 2013

Video: Rory McIlroy channels Tiger in new Nike commerical

Posted at 12:21 PM by Mike Walker

We'll charitably call Nike's new Rory McIlroy commercial an "homage" to Tiger Woods bouncing a ball off his wedge in Nike's famous 1999 commercial. The video features McIlroy's Nike stablemates Kyle Stanley, Nick Watney, Suzann Pettersen and Paul Casey, but not Woods, whose absence is conspicuous. Take a look:

Now watch Tiger's 1999 Nike commercial, aka, the greatest sports commercial ever:

March 22, 2013

Tiger Woods makes cameo in Nike skateboarding commercial

Posted at 10:43 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger Woods skateboarding? Not this time. But Woods does have a celebrity cameo in professional skateboarder Eric Koston's new Nike commerical. He's pretty funny too. Check it out:

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March 14, 2013

Video: Tiger is sales clerk in new Nike commerical

Posted at 9:00 AM by Mike Walker

Dick's Sporting Goods gets a new employee in Tiger Woods's latest Nike Golf commerical:

 

Not bad, but it can't top our favorite Dick's Sporting Goods video:

 

February 27, 2013

Bubba Watson: Rory McIlroy will be No. 1 'for a while'

Posted at 5:45 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba Watson has never been one to sweat equipment changes. So it's not surprising that he isn't concerned about a certain peer who has struggled of late after a notable gear switch.

"I think Rory is going to be No. 1 for a while," Waston said of Rory McIlroy during a Wednesday teleconference hyping Watson's upcoming Masters title defense

"Think about it, we change equipment every year," he said. "We have a new driver come out from Ping, you have a new 3-wood, you have new irons, you have a new golf ball. It might be the same company but it's all new. You've got new golf shoes coming out, so they feel different on your feet. You've got all these new things coming out, so I don't see [switching] as that big of a change."

But there is one thing that does bother Bubba: "I think the biggest change in changing a product would be the logo... I'm a feel player. When something is changed like that, I know it."

Watson added that a couple poor results here and there isn't cause for hitting the panic button, either -- especially if one of those results comes in match play.  

"There's nobody in the history of the game that's been 100 percent on making cuts, so Rory missed the first cut... That's why I think match play is such a goofy tournament anyway. [Losing in] the first round [as McIlroy did last week], I don't see that shows us anything. And a missed cut is a missed cut; everybody going to do it. No matter how many times you try, you can't make every cut."

McIlroy will defend his title at the Honda Classic starting Thursday, a tournament he won last year playing clubs with noticeably different logos.

Watson, meanwhile, won't be there with him. He's got a birthday party to host on Saturday. His son Caleb just turned one.

February 07, 2013

VIDEO: Tiger Woods stars in new Nike driver commericial

Posted at 3:38 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger Woods builds on the comic touch he showed in his recent Nike commerical with Rory McIlroy in this new commecial for Nike's VR_S Covert driver titled "Apologies."

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January 16, 2013

VIDEO: Watch parody of Nike's new Tiger-Rory ad

Posted at 10:22 AM by Mike Walker

English teaching pro Mark Crossfield, known online as "The Golf Guru," posted a parody of Nike's new Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy commercial on his YouTube channel. Pretty funny stuff. Watch the parody, the Nike ad, and the old McDonald's ad that inspired them below:

Here's the original:

And the one that started it all:

January 15, 2013

Tiger Woods talks about 'rivalry' and Rory McIlroy's switch to Nike

Posted at 1:30 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger_roryTiger Woods and Rory McIlroy during a photo appearance in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are friends, sometime opponents, and now colleagues on the Nike Golf Staff, but they don't have a rivalry, not yet anyway, according to Woods.

At his press conference for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Tuesday, Woods said he agreed with McIlroy that the two have not faced off enough to create a true rivalry.

"It would be very similar to saying that I had a rivalry with Phil two years into my career," Woods said. "That wasn't the case."

So whom does Woods consider his rivals? Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.

"I've gone head-to-head against I think Ernie and Vijay the most over the course of my career," Woods said. "It takes time."

But if the clashes between him and McIlroy last year at the Honda Classic and the BMW Championship (both won by McIlroy) don't constitute a rivalry, Woods said it has been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

"We've just had a good time, certainly give each other the needle quite a bit," Woods said. "That's always fun. And that's about it, and as far as advice or anything like that, no. He's got a great head on his shoulders and really understands, so if he ever needs any advice, then certainly he's more than -- he knows I'm open to it. I think our friendship certainly is growing and it's been fun."

Woods also fielded several questions about McIlroy's move to Nike. When asked if he was involved in bringing McIlroy onto the staff, Woods said: "No, that's his decision. He's a big boy. He can figure it out on his own." Asked if they'd be practicing together more in the Palm Beach area, where they both live, Woods said: "He does play out there at The Bear's Club, and I play up at Medalist quite a bit. Maybe he'll come up or I'll go down there ...I'm sure we'll have a few dinners together and certainly hang out a bit more."

It's clear that Woods sees a lot of himself in the 23-year-old McIlroy, especially the growing pains of experiencing phenomenal success at a young age. Sometimes, Woods sounds like he's talking about his younger self when he talks about McIlroy.

"It's tough sometimes, it really is," Woods said. "When you have success, there are more responsibilities that are at a tournament site and more distractions that are at a tournament site that are taking you away from what you like to do, which is compete and play.

"That's something that certainly he has learned and he's figured out and I think that was a big adjustment that he made this past summer, and consequently, he had a huge end of the year," Woods continued. "I think that was a good sign."

Talking about McIlroy even got Woods to engage in a little psychoanalysis, surely a press conference first for him.

Q. Just back to that chemistry between you and Rory, we have always had this perception of you as a guy who leaves nothing to chance, and we have seen Rory very laid back, almost missed his Ryder Cup time, wondering if you've been in that similar position ... is that what helps your friendship?

TIGER WOODS: You know, I'd be psychoanalyzing that a little bit, but --

Q. Go ahead.

TIGER WOODS: I like Rory as a person. He's a really nice kid. I think all of you guys are aware of that.

As far as being in a position like that, that he experienced at The Ryder Cup, I missed a tee time in a junior event, and I called in for my tee time, it was a two-day event and I called it in and I said, "Woods." And they gave me my tee time. Evidently, there was another Woods playing, as well. Actually it was Steve Woods. He played at San Jose State, but he was in the event, as well, and they gave me his time.

So I missed my tee time. I showed up at his time, and that was the only time I have ever been in a situation like, that and I vowed it would never happen again, because that was a pretty empty feeling knowing that all I had to do was give a little bit more detail, my first name, and all I had to do was -- it cost me a chance of winning a golf tournament, and that's I pretty empty feeling.

Last year, both Woods and McIlroy were in contention on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but like what often happens when Woods and Mickelson are near the top of the leaderboard at the same event, someone else won (Robert Rock). However, Woods turned this solid beginning last year into a three-win season. He said he's hoping to do the same here and at Torrey Pines next week.

"As far as any statement, I just want to get off to a good start," Woods said. "I think it's important that I get off to a good, solid start. I'm playing two weeks in a row, and I had a nice break and have geared up for these two weeks and have tried to get mentally and physically ready for these two tournaments."





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