Tiger Woods hasn’t played in a professional golf event since August of 2015 when he led the Wyndham Championship for a short time. Since that then Tiger has undergone multiple surgeries and has reiterated that while he intends to return to the sport, he has no time table for when exactly that will be. That hasvn’t stopped the marketing train for many companies who see Woods as the valuable asset he is.
After Nike issued a statement that the company would not continue to make golf equipment, many wondered what will happen to their biggest names that include Tiger, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, and Michelle Wie. Rory, who mentioned last week that his parents’ house is full of equipment, tried out a Scotty Cameron putter during The Barclays but intends to stick with Nike clubs through the end of the season, which is understandable because that is what he’s used to and there’s no reason to make a change during the FedExCup playoffs.
Meanwhile, Tiger has been sitting at home collecting equipment from every manufacturer on the planet.
According to Tiger’s buddy Notah Begay III, Woods’s dining room in Jupiter, Florida is full.
“I walked into his dining room and it was like going into a PGA [Tour] Superstore now that Nike’s equipment line no longer exists,” Begay said. “Every single manufacturer had sent equipment in there, and he’s trying a variety of different things, trying to get a sense of where he’s going to go from this point on.”
That’s not surprising to me. Tiger is still the biggest name in the sport of golf and there generally isn’t a tournament where Tiger isn’t mentioned in some capacity.