Nike has added two more to their team. Tuesday, Nike announced that they had signed both Kyle Stanley and Nick Watney for multi-year golf ball, clubs, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessory deals.
“They want to have the best athletes on board and it’s an honor to be a part of that and represent them,” Stanley said in a press release.
Both had previously been with Titleist.
This follows Nike’s biggest move of the year: signing Rory McIlroy this past fall.
Nike will be losing two players though. Stewart Cink said in October that after his Nike deal runs out he will be swtiching to TaylorMade. Lucas Glover will also be going to TaylorMade from Nike. Joing the TaylorMade team will be Ryan Moore(from Adams Golf) and John Huh. Huh played Ping last year but did not have an endorsement until after he won the Mayakoba Classic.
Chris Kirk and Gary Woodland are leaving Titleist for Callaway.
Watney will be using a high-speed cavity back driver and Nike VR Pro Combo irons. Stanley is using blades. Both are expected to play Nike’s new VR-S Covert driver at this week’s opener in Kapalua.
Watney won twice in 2011 and followed up those victories with the 2012 Barclays during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He is ranked No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Stanley claimed his first title at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The former Ben Hogan Award winner is No. 76 in the world.