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Nike signs Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau and 12 others

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Nike announced that it has signed two of the longest young golfers on the PGA Tour, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, along with 12 other golfers from around the world.

  • Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark)
  • Pan Cheng-tsung (Taiwan)
  • Ashley Chesters (England)
  • Trevor Cone (U.S.)
  • Tim Crouch (U.S.)
  • Marcus Kinhult (Sweden)
  • Tom Lewis (England)
  • Denny McCarthy (U.S.)
  • So Hye Park (Korea)
  • Hunter Stewart (U.S.)
  • Joshua White (U.S.)
  • Rumi Yoshiba (Japan)

Koepka

Koepka, 25, is currently T4 in driving distance on the PGA Tour. He also won the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished T5 at the 2015 PGA Championship. He’s currently No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

“Nike is an iconic brand,” Koepka said in a Nike Golf press release. “All these great, legendary athletes, such as Kobe Bryant, seem to be with Nike. I’m lucky enough to represent the best company in the world. I’m excited with what Nike will do in the future for the game of golf [and] I know that this partnership will help me achieve my personal goals.”

The clubs Koepka will have in the bag in 2016, according to Nike:

  • Driver: Nike Vapor Fly (10.5 degrees)
  • Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Fly (15 degrees)
  • Hybrid: Nike Vapor Fly (20 degrees)
  • Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4), Nike Vapor Pro (5-9)
  • Wedges: Nike Engage (47, 50, 55 and 60)
  • Putter: Nike Method Matter B2-01
  • Ball: Nike RZN Prototype

Finau

Finau, 26, turned pro in 2007 and is currently second in driving distance on the PGA Tour, standing at 6-foot 4-inches tall. He finished T10 in the 2015 PGA Championship, T14 in the 2015 U.S. Open and is ranked No. 88 in the world.

“The best athletes in the world play for Nike and I’m glad to add my name to that list,” Finau said.

The clubs Finau will have in the bag in 2016, according to Nike:

  • Driver: Nike Vapor Fly (10.5 degrees)
  • Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Fly (13 degrees)
  • Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (4), Vapor Pro (5-PW)
  • Wedges: Nike Engage (50, 56, 60)
  • Putter: Nike Method Converge S2/12
  • Ball: Nike RZN Prototype

See more about the new roster here at Nike.com.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Bob

    Jan 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Nike should focus on female golfers.

  2. Todd Grant

    Jan 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Good to see Koepka return the Scotty button back to the bag after day 1 at Hyundai.

  3. cody

    Jan 7, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I have never completely understood the dislike for nike. my experience has always been that they are at least on par with everything else out there. maybe not better but not far behind either.

  4. Dave Gebhardt

    Jan 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    How can they be ICONIC? Wilson, MacGregor, Titleist – these are icons. Not a company that hasn’t been in the golf business for 2 seconds.

  5. Carlos Danger

    Jan 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I was just thinking, “man, the one thing missing from Brooks Koepkas game is big stupid flat billed hats.”

  6. golfraven

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Those were the time when Nike only signed best athlets of this world. Now they can only do it by numbers. Koepka and Finau are certainly good player with screen coverage but rest of those boys fly under the radar.

  7. Jack Nash

    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    As Koepka fades into the distance. Nike is really raking them in.

  8. Chuck Zirkle

    Jan 5, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Have never been a fan of Nike or of their equipment or their clothing line. Here today on sale at most outlet type stores tomorrow. They flood the market which is good for them and they throw money at pros like crews throw beads at Marti Gras. Good for the pros and for major colleges. Smart marketing department. Prefer quality over quantity. Have played all the brands out there and old school ended up with a brand that has survived thru the years, Titleist/FJ and it fits my game, but am not a pro and get paid to play their brand.

    • golfraven

      Jan 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Fully agree, thumbs up!

    • Jordan Caron

      Jan 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      How does Nike flood the market? TM floods the market while Nike releases a new set every year like most companies.

      I’m a Titleist guy to but who cares. Play what you like the look and feel of. Who cares what brands the tour players or we play.

  9. Steve

    Jan 5, 2016 at 9:30 am

    How does this topic get ?? with a 95 to 79 like to shank ratio? 55% gets the love?

  10. Steve

    Jan 5, 2016 at 8:47 am

    You need young big hitters in the lineup.

  11. bosse

    Jan 5, 2016 at 8:18 am

    shout out from the nordics here 🙂

    suggest you keep Lucas bjerregard and Marcus Kinhult in your minds.

    Bjerregard is a Danish Koepka, Young, big, steady, all round, had an awesome streak end of last season in sub 70 rounds, think he was top 10 in the last 6 tournaments or something.

    Kinhult is swedish boy wonder who has been destined star since his low teens. made cuts in all 3 ET tournaments he played as an amateur (w a top 10 in switzerland) made ET q school in first try. 19 years old.

  12. knall

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Tony Finau’s contract isn’t that great, they only give him 13 clubs

  13. rex235

    Jan 4, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Nike signed Brooks Koepka?

    Isn’t one of his best friends Peter Uihlein, Former US Amateur Champion at Chambers Bay, and son of Wally Uihlein, CEO of Titleist/Foot Joy Worldwide?

    With all of those Titleist/FJ clothing ads both of them did together in the last two years.

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      You are correct. Guess Wally couldn’t match what Phil was willing to pay…

    • Carlos Danger

      Jan 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      If my best friends dad called me and offered me $100 bucks and then some other guy called me and offered me $120…Id tell my best friends dad to take a hike (but would still take his $100 bucks)

  14. Park District Duffer

    Jan 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Finau is a beast

    • zak

      Jan 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      yea there you go if you only knew how he learned and where he came from but I will leave that story for him to tell you

  15. west

    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Wait, you mean I don’t have to change all my equipment, now that my favorite golfer is with a different company??? 😉

  16. Jacob

    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    What’s with the blurry photos?

    • Joe

      Jan 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Finau swings so fast it’s nearly impossible to have a clear still shot

  17. Tom

    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Finau is gonna have a great season along with NIKE golf.

  18. Reeves

    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    More prof it is the Indian not the arrows ….play what You like not what some pro gets paid to play….remember pros clubs are custom models of most anything you can buy and can be adjusted for them 360 days a year.

    • Fuxk Nike

      Jan 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Spot on. Money can buy everything!

    • some guy

      Jan 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Nike is iconic on a sports landscape, a heck of a lot more than Callaway or Footjoy. Nike also tries to grow the game by innovating and not doing what everyone else does. They are changing the appearance of golf to not have the same old stale practices that so many are used to. Additionally, I don’t know the financials but I guarantee Titleist and Callaway paid those guys a lot of money as well. Finau and Koepka want to be a part of something bigger. Finally, there is 365 days in a year and what is prof?

      • Not So Fast

        Jan 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        “Finally, there is 365 days in a year….?”

        If you’re going to correct someone, please make sure you’re correct.

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+many+days+are+in+2016%3F

      • Fuxk Nike

        Jan 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

        What? So you mean that ugly yellow and Volt is iconic for the game of golf? If you compare the Vapor line to the Titleist 716 line Titleist is just pure class as golf equipment should be, and Nike is just some fancy sportsbrand. If a players picks ugly Volt yellow over Footjoy Icon and classy Titleist there is something totally wrong and the only thing that can make a player to make that change is money. Period. Eod!

        • Non Elitist

          Jan 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm

          Nike appeals to a younger more athletic individual also to kids who grew up playing other sports where Nike dominates. Also Icons don’t fit everyone’s style or swings to want anyways. I own icons and they aren’t even in my top 5 best golf shoes. Nike shoes and clothing is great. As is Adidas, as is Under Armor. Buy what you like and don’t be an a**hole if its something you don’t

      • GMatt

        Jan 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

        Now if they could only sell merchandise in the retail stores…. They are by far our worst seller over the past 3 years, we can’t give their merchandise away except for clothing.

    • zak

      Jan 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      exactly there definitely not playing with plastic nike is a great company they have been around since way before my time goes back to jordan and basketball then that pos vicc then tiger when they see great talent of course there gonna swoop them up because they have the money too do so there are many great irons but theres a specific brand there gonna be hitting tell you this you can’t get them here even at all Tony is gonna be one of the greats the story how he learned is not like any other player on the tour as we know golf isn’t cheap and you need backing to play a good handicap meaning good quality tools and tell you one little thing he didn’t have the best of tool growing up I know because I watched him on the daily

    • Rhonda

      Apr 14, 2016 at 2:31 am

      What about the other 5 days of the year?

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The coolest wedge stampings on the PGA Tour (RSM Classic Edition)

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Wedge stampings are the eye-popping garnish on the glorious plates of golf equipment. Maybe this isn’t exactly the right metaphor, because, well, the parsley (wedge stamp) isn’t as mouth-water as the Wagyu (wedge), but you get the point…right?

Anyway, let’s look at some wedges from the RSM Classic a couple of weeks ago and see what stampings and paintfills the pros were showcasing at Sea Island.

You may not know Anthony Cordes, but surely you’ll want to add him to your shortlist of players to passionately root for after seeing this Wedding Crashers-inspired wedge.

Bo Van Pelt is a fairly cool dude. That usually happens if your name is “Bo”—the nomenclature brings with it a certain je ne sais quoi. When you’ve got initials that sound great together—BVP—you don’t need to add any unnecessary elements to the recipe.

We’ll assume Anastissia and Victoria are Brendan Steele’s daughters, and not that he has an appreciation for royalty of antiquity. Cool stamping with the pink-filled dots.

Look past David Hearn gaming 2011 TaylorMade TP MC irons to the lead tape and stamping on his SM4 (!) wedges. The Canadian knows what he likes!

Similar to the proposition raised in the Bo Van Pelt section: “Hank” is a fairly cool name. If you’re referred to as such, get it stamped on your wedge and call it a day.

Jhonattan Vegas’ Mizuno irons always feature tidy “JV” stamping, and he’s extended the treatment to his prototype Artisan wedges, which are peeking out below.

Also on the Mizuno front, Lucas Glover has his JPX 919 irons stamped with his initials (no paintfill—nastiness), but his 52-degree wedge feature the loft it is bent to (54 degrees)—a classic stamping.

Michael Gligic was the only “MG” in the RSM Classic field, so we’re assuming these are his wedges. They could, however, be stamped with someone with a real affinity for the model.

See more photos from the RSM Classic here. 

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The likes of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson will be making their final tune-ups before next week’s test at Augusta National.

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