Tuesday, January 1

Golfers Are Athletes After All

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

This just in my email inbox from Nike. The athletic shoe and apparel behemoth has signed PGA Tour stars Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley to multi-year agreements. The two players will wear the Swoosh beginning in the 2013 season and represent Nike Golf in multiple lines: clubs, ball, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessories.

As you can see, they are athletes, according to the Nike artwork. Thats right, folks. Golfers are athletes. Well, these two are. They look the part. Not an ounce of fat on either man.

Watney won twice in 2011 and followed up those victories with the 2012 Barclays during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The Fresno State product is ranked No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Stanley claimed his first title at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open after a heartbreaking loss at the Farmers Insurance Open the week before. The former Ben Hogan Award winner is No. 76 in the world.

“Nike is the most powerful sports company in the world,” Stanley said in a Nike news release.

“They want to have the best athletes on board and it’s an honor to be a part of that and represent them.”

Watney said: “I am excited to call myself a Nike athlete. I am proud to wear the Swoosh because it’s the symbol of excellence across all sports and golf is no exception.”

I ate dinner with Nick Watney (and others) at Pebble Beach in early December and hope to bring you highlights of that conversation soon.

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