World No. 1 and 11-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year Tiger Woods finalized a new sponsorship contract extension with Nike Golf this year. In doing so, Woods has chosen to continue a relationship with the sport company juggernaut that began in 1996.
Nike was one of the few sponsors that remained loyal to Woods following his 2009 public scandal. By inking a new deal with the company, Tiger is showing his own loyalty to a brand that has paid him millions of dollars over his incredible career.
Related Links: Dammit Tiger, Curse Away! | 11 Best Nike Commercials
"He is one of Nike's most iconic athletes and has played an integral part in Nike Golf's growth since the very beginning," the company said in a statement.
Speaking of the beginning, Woods’ relationship with Nike has been ongoing for more than 17 years. Here’s a quick rundown of the superstar’s timeline with Nike since 1996.
1996 – “Hello, World.” – Tiger signs his first deal with Nike in a move that had as much racial undertones as those related to his age. Not only was Woods to become the highest-paid black golfer in the history of the sport, but Nike was also taking a huge risk with signing a 19-year old to a $40 million, 5-year contract.
Later that same year, Nike released Tiger’s first “official” commercial starring the golfer in the “I’m Tiger Woods” campaign. With it, Woods immediately became the player kids everywhere wanted to become.
1990's - Golf's Not Hard
2001 – Tiger’s First Contract Extension – Woods quickly became the highest-paid golfer on the planet by signing a massive 5-year, $100 million contract extension in 2001. By that time Woods had already made his mark on professional golf, winning more than 25 tournaments including five majors.
2004 - Tiger and Frank Get A Haircut
2004 - Tiger and Frank at the Diner
2004 - Tiger and Frank "Sand In Funny Places"
2006 – The Second Contract Extension – Success for Tiger – and Nike – continued into 2006 when the golfer was offered and signed another extension with the company for 7 years. While reports differ on the terms of the extension, we have to imagine it was considerable since Woods had accumulated 54 tournament wins and 12 majors by that year.
2006 - Inspiration
2006 - Swing Portrait
2007 - Trick Shot
2007 - Young Tiger Wins British Open
2008 - Never
2009 - Split Personality
2009 - Special Delivery
2010 - Earl and Tiger
2011 - Dark Horse
2011 - Father's Day
2013 - Nike TW '14: The Sport of Golf
2013 - Nike Golf: No Cup Is Safe
2013 - Nike Golf: Apologies
Related Link: Video: Tiger, Rory and Ahmad Uncensored at Mission Hills
Other Hot Links:
- Photos: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn
- Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn Enjoy Some Football in Denver
- Tiger Woods Skis With Lindsey Vonn in Colorado
- Lindsey Vonn: Tiger Woods is 'Dorky-Goofy'
- Tiger Woods Supports Lindsey Vonn at Olympic Tune-up
- Lindsey Vonn Credits Tiger Woods in her Comeback
- ESPN Co-Hosts Dress as Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn
- Tiger Woods Confirms Relationship With Lindsey Vonn
- Tiger Woods 'Day To Day' On Seeing Lindsey Vonn at Olympics
- Lindsey Vonn Talks Tiger, Skiing on 'Letterman'
- Lindsey Vonn Sizzles In Cover Shoot For Red Bull
- Tiger Woods Will Win 15th & 16th Majors In 2014
- Tiger Woods Anticipates Big 2014
- Dammit Tiger, Curse Away!
Amputee Jared Brentz Drives More Than Golf Balls15 hours ago
WFAN's Mike Francesa Blasts Patrick Reed15 hours ago
Rory McIlroy's Old Irish Mansion to Become Wedding Venue16 hours ago
The 9 Best Golf Courses in Ireland17 hours ago
The Fringe: The Ultimate Man Cave & Ryo Ishikawa Pops Bottles17 hours ago
Photos: Golf in Scenic Ireland18 hours ago
Could Balls of Steel Improve Your Golf Game?18 hours ago
5 Players to Watch: Valspar Championship19 hours ago
Recent TweetsTweets by @Back9Network