We’re all incredibly familiar with seeing the Nike swoosh coming up the fairways both on TV and at our local courses. Not only is Nike one of the market leaders in golf clothing and shoes but its also some of the best quality apparel a golfer can buy. We take a closer look at which professionals are currently Nike Golfers and the sponsorship deals in place.
So who are the currently sponsored Nike Golfers?
We have to start the list with the one name that is synonymous with Nike – Tiger Woods. As the most iconic Golfer of all time, Tiger has been Nike’s biggest Golf ambassador. He first signed with Nike back in 1996 for a reported $40 million. A further contract was signed in 2001 for an incredible $100 million. Throughout this time Tiger has transcended the game and the brand awareness Nike has received from his performances is immeasurable. Not only does Tiger have his own Nike collection but Nike also have a dedicated TW shoe line, with the latest Tiger Wood shoes being the TW20s. No doubt Tiger will forever be a lifelong Nike brand ambassador, and who doesn’t like seeing him wearing red whilst in the hunt on the final round on a Sunday!
Another of Nike’s major brand ambassador is Rory McIlroy who was signed in 2013 in a $200 million deal. In 2017 this was extended further with another $200 million contract. The success of Rory’s partnership with Nike cannot be underestimated. As a Golfer who is continually in contention, and seen as a huge role model for all ages, the three time major winner provides Nike we constant brand promotion on a global stage.
2022 Master’s champion Scottie Scheffler, only turned professional in 2019 having made a name for himself on the Korn Ferry Tour. In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Scheffler had a strong year, finishing in the top ten six times and making it to the Tour Championship. He also finished second at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and the American Express. Not only did he win the 2022 Master’s but he also came T-2 in the 2022 U.S. Open. He currently has a shoe and apparel deal with Nike and is one of the brands leading athletes having been the World number 1 golfer.
The All American powerhouse, Brooks Koepka, signed with Nike in 2016 for both equipment and apparel. His meteoric rise on both the PGA and European Tour made signing Brooks an easy decision. Both Rory and Tiger were instrumental in Brooks’s decision to join the brand having discussed things in detail with both of them prior to getting onboard with the brand. Since that time Brooks’s performance has gone from strength to strength having won both the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.
At the time of signing with Nike in 2016, Jason Day was ranked as the world number 1 golfer. It was a deal worth $100 million for the 2015 PGA Champion. It coincided with the point where Nike stopped making golf equipment and this made it easier to sign Day as at the time he was using TaylorMade-Adidas equipment. This arrangement has become far more common nowadays with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood both having Nike deals in place, but putting TaylorMade equipment in play. Day’s promotion of the brand has been exemplary and he continues to showcase the latest styles Nike have to offer on the highest stage.
Tony Finau signed with Nike in 2016 which was a year he also won his first of what is likely to many, Tour wins at the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach. At the time Finau said “The best athletes in the world play for Nike and I’m glad to add my name to that list,” As a consistent high performer on the PGA Tour, Tony promotes Nike at the top level of the game, week in, week out.
Tommy Fleetwood is one of the most likeable Golfers of modern times. He can be seen wearing Nike whilst playing on the both sides of the Atlantic on the European and PGA Tour. Fleetwood turned pro in 2010 and has since become a 5 time European Tour winner. He’s one a handful of original Nike equipment users who ultimately became a free agent on the equipment front only until recently having made the full time switch to TaylorMade.
Similar to Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey is another of the original Nike equipment Golfers. With 21 professional wins under his belt Casey is a consistent performer for Nike. Having been with the brand since 2005 he’s seen huge success both with Nike equipment and after they discontinued the product line. It was also noted recently that Fleetwood himself offered to buy a spare set of the Nike VR Pro blade irons from Casey which are incredibly hard to find.
The likeable Italian and 2018 Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, has been with Nike since turning professional in 2005. He reaffirmed his commitment to the brand in 2018 signing an extension to his clothing deal with the brand.
Michelle Wie burst onto the scene aged 15 and was immediately seen as a child golfing prodigy. Nike saw the potential in her and signed her on a $20 million contract across four years. The five LPGA winner has been a stalwart of the Nike brand showcasing the best of Nike’s women’s golf clothing on the World stage.
Full list of Nike sponsored Golfers:
Nike’s current line up is a select elite of Tour Golfers ranging from multiple major champions such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Suzann Petterson to upcoming stars such as Matt Wolff, Lucas Bjerregaard and Sam Horsfield.
- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy
- Jason Day
- Thomas Pieters
- Scottie Scheffler
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Ross Fisher
- Sam Horsfield
- Tom Lewis
- Chris Wood
- Alexander Levy
- Romain Wattel
- Shubhankar Sharma
- Suzann Pettersen
- Francesco Molinari
- Lucas Bjerregaard
- Thorbjørn Olesen
- Dylan Frittelli
- Alex Norén
- Marcus Kinhult
- Tony Finau
- Russell Henley
- Brooks Koepka
- Julian Suri
- Nick Watney
- Matthew Wolff
- Jhonattan Vegas
- Michelle Wie