Tiger Woods flexes just wearing FootJoys on Nike | Opinion


Tiger Woods shocked us all when he arrived at Augusta National for the 86and Masters, but also turned the heads of his loyal golf fans when the Nike leader wore FootJoy golf shoes.

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Woods, 46, cut and changed between black and white pairs of FootJoy Premiere Series Packards throughout the main week.

Several news outlets ran stories about her shoe choice. It might not seem like a big deal, but it really is an amazing flex from Tiger.

Seeing Woods without a Nike swoosh on his clothes seems…just wrong.

The explanation before Woods initially commented on all of this was that it was his search for a stable shoe with his current levels of limited mobility.

His badly damaged and stuck right leg led to him calling himself Humpty Dumpty. “Hopefully he’s good enough this week,” he said.

This explanation, in my view, does not really stand up to scrutiny. Woods will know for a while what he had planned. Nike would have known he was training again, and hard.

Woods told the media how many nuts and bolts were in her right leg after she was crushed by the weight of her Genesis SUV in February last year.

Even Justin Thomas said he was “horrified” when he saw the member’s condition.

If Woods needed a special, more stable shoe, Nike should and would have made one for the 15-time major champion.

They probably could have painted a swoosh on another shoe and got away with it. Many elite sports stars all over the world do things like this.

They may represent one brand but wear another. You can spot from afar.

For years, Woods has done things like this. Think of his Bridgestone golf ball when Nike made golf equipment, or the fact that the grip he uses on his famous Scotty Cameron isn’t a Scotty grip. It’s from PING.

If Woods needed anything from Nike before hitting the course, he would have said so.

Which seems to suggest that Woods, in this particular scenario, just wasn’t interested in collaborating with Nike on his golf shoe.

Woods signed with Nike in 1996 for $40 million. In the year 2000, the year of the Tiger Slam, his contract was worth $100 million. In 2013, it would have doubled.

He doesn’t have a lifetime contract with Nike and we don’t know the details of when his current deal expires.

But one thing is clear in my mind: Humpty Dumpty is not happy with Nike about its golf shoes.

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Here’s what Woods said about his shoes at the Masters

“Well, I have very limited mobility now. Just with the rods and plates and screws that are in my leg, I needed something different, something that allows me to be more stable. That’s where I went.

“Nike has been fantastic over the years providing me with equipment and work, and we’ve been working, we’ve been working to try to find something that allows me to do that and swing again. We’re going to continue to do it, and hopefully we’ll have something soon.

Here’s what Nike said about Tiger’s shoe choice

“Like golf fans around the world, we’re thrilled to see Tiger back on the course. He’s an incredible athlete, and it’s phenomenal to see him back in the game at this level.

“His story continues to transcend sport and inspire us all. As he continues his comeback, we will work with him to meet his new needs.

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