The 27-year partnership between Tiger Woods and Nike has come to an end, per a statement from the golfer on social media. Nike has sponsored Woods since he turned pro in 1996, and worked alongside him as he went on to win 15 majors and 82 PGA TOUR events. At the time of his initial signing, his five-year, $40 million contract with the company was essentially unheard of in the sport.
The record-breaking Woods has been limited in his capabilities on the course for several years as he continues to recover from a near-fatal car crash in 2021 and the subsequent surgeries resulting from his injuries.
Woods has been limping through the majors for the past two years with several WDs due to injury, but he was able to play all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge in December. His statement, “There will certainly be another chapter. See you in LA!” indicates that Woods plans to join the field at the Genesis Invitational in February. Woods hosts the Hero World and Genesis events.
Nike and Woods extended their contract three times throughout Woods’ career, and most recently inked a 10-year deal in 2013 that came to an end last year.