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Nike Golf introduces the Nike Lunar Clayton, a shoe that celebrates the heritage and history of the sport of golf while providing athletes with superior comfort, supportive fit and an aesthetic appeal suitable for wear both on-and-off-course.
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Nike Athletes Mcilroy and Schwartzel Capture Wins with New Nike Equipment
Rory Mcilroy clinches a come-from-behind victory with new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RZN Black ball.
Nike athletes Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel powered their way to victories at the Australian Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship, respectively, for a Swoosh-dominated weekend.
McIlroy, who began the final round four shots back at the Australian Open, birdied the final hole to win his first title in 2013. Highlighting his full bag of 14 Nike clubs was the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver along with his new Nike RZN Black ball – a combination that he recently described as, “The best driver and ball combination I’ve ever had in my career.”
With the combination of Nike’s Fly-Brace technology in the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 driver, and Speedlock technology in the Nike RZN Black ball, McIlory has seen an increase in his ball speed. This is the result of the forgiving distance of his driver, and greater stability in the wind with the ball – giving him the confidence to launch it into another gear off the tee. In addition to McIlroy’s arsenal of Nike Golf clubs, he wore apparel from Nike’s Golf’s Performance line and the Nike Lunar Control Shoe.
On the European Tour, Nike athletes blanketed the top of the Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard with Charl Schwartzel in first place, followed by Richard Finch (2), Simon Dyson (T3) and Ross Fisher (T3).
Winning his third Alfred Dunhill Championship title, Schwartzel also relied on his Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver that assisted him in averaging 307-yard drives and ranking fourth in driving distance. It was Schwartzel’s ninth European Tour victory – moving him up to the number one ranking in the Race to Dubai, and into the top 20 Official World Golf Ranking.
Nike athletes Finch and Dyson also used the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 drivers and the new Nike RZN Platinum and RZN Black golf balls, respectively. Fisher’s newest addition to his Nike arsenal is the Nike RZN Black ball.
McilRoy’s Nike Golf Arsenal
Schwartzel’s Nike Golf Arsenal
Zach Johnson produces shot of his life as he beats Tiger in playoff at The Northwestern World Challenge
Zach Johnson put together the storybook finish at Sherwood on Sunday that for the longest time belonged to Tiger Woods.
Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play, holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff, and beat the No. 1 player in golf at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.
"Pretty impressive what he did," Woods said. "He got me."
It was an extraordinary sendoff at Sherwood, which hosted the World Challenge for the 14th and final time before it moves to Florida next year.
The big surprise was the winner in so many ways.
"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," said Johnson, who moved into the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time in his career.
For Woods, it was only the fourth time in his career that he lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round, the second time at Sherwood. Graeme McDowell overcame a four-shot deficit in 2010 and beat Woods in a playoff.
This was far more dramatic.
They were tied after Johnson hit his tee shot to 4 feet for birdie on the 17th hole. Playing from the left rough, Woods came up just short and watched his approach tumble down the elevated green and into the bunker. Johnson followed with his worst shot of the week, an 8-iron so weak that it came up well short and into the hazard.
Johnson knew Woods had a difficult bunker shot, and if he figured if he could stick his wedge close from 58 yards away in the drop zone, a bogey might be enough to get into a playoff. The ball bounced three times and then spun back a few inches into the cup for an unlikely par and a 4-under 68.
"A little too dramatic for me," Johnson said.
Woods' hit a superb bunker shot to 2 feet and matched his par for a 70. They finished on 13-under 275.
Woods was between clubs from the 18th fairway in the playoff and tried a smooth 7-iron that he lost enough to the right that it again found the bunker. He hit an exquisite sand shot, this one sliding 5 feet by the hole, and the par putt spun out of the left side.
Johnson won $1 million and should go to No. 9 in the world.
Woods ended what he called a "damn good year" -- five wins, the most of anyone in the world -- with a shocking loss to Johnson. Two years ago, Woods ended the longest drought of his career when he went birdie-birdie at Sherwood to beat Johnson by one shot.
Matt Kuchar (67) and Bubba Watson (70) tied for third at 9-under 279.
The attendance Sunday was 24,922, a record for any round in 14 years at Sherwood. Traffic outside the tony club in the Santa Monica foothills looked like an L.A. freeway in what could be the last chance in the near future to see Woods in southern California.
Woods appeared to have his sixth title at Sherwood sewed up when Johnson missed a short par putt on the 10th hole to fall four shots behind with eight holes to play. Woods had said on Saturday that Johnson wasn't the kind of player who went away easily, and he was right.
Johnson picked up birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, and then got back in the game on the 14th when Woods three-putted from long range on the 14th, and Johnson saved his par with an 8-foot putt to get within one shot.
The rest of the way looked like the final rounds of a heavyweight fight, even if only one of them looked the part.
Johnson laid up on the par-5 16 and nearly holed a sand wedge from 88 yards, setting up a tap-in birdie. Woods, with a tough chip left of the green, rehearsed the shot over and over and it came out perfectly for a matching birdie. Johnson finally caught him with a tee shot to 4 feet for birdie on the 17th, leading to the big finish.
Johnson looked almost apologetic when Woods missed his par putt in the playoff, and it was shocking to see. No one from his generation as made more clutch putts than Woods, who spoke about the topic earlier in the week.
But not this time. It was not the way he wanted to leave Sherwood, where Woods has five wins and now five runner-up finishes. The only consolation was $400,000 for finishing second, bringing to just over $14 million the earnings he has donated to his foundation from the three tournaments (AT&T National, Deutsche Bank Championship, World Challenge) that support his education programs.
Thomas Björn produced a stunning 65 to overcome a similarly Herculean effort from Sergio Garcia in the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.
The Dane played the back of the Gary Player County Club in four under par as two eagles stunned his rivals.
As a result, he ended the tournament on 20 under to edge out Garcia – who also struck 65 – and Jamie Donaldson.
It was Donaldson who led the way entering Sunday having been a model of consistency this week, hitting 67s either side of a second round 66.
He began in the manner you might expect given his advantage heading into the final day, producing four successive pars.
Birdies at five and seven added some impetus; however, Donaldson gave a shot back at the ninth to ensure he had company in the shape of Garcia at the summit.
With his iron play stupendous, the Spaniard began with back to back gains that were complemented by three pars in a row.
As solid a beginning as that was, further fireworks were necessary and he proved up to the challenge, producing a streak of four birdies from the sixth.
All the while, Björn had stayed hot on their heels courtesy of strokes picked up at two, six and nine.
It was after the turn, though, that he really caught fire, producing a stunning eagle at ten to suddenly leapfrog the pair.
Pars thereafter kept Björn in prime position but, having been joined by Garcia, he picked up a further two shots at 14 to reclaim the lead.
It was that effort that ultimately derailed the challenge from the Ryder Cup Winner, whose bogey at 16 ruined successive gains.
Three stokes in front by that point, the veteran Björn did not blink as pars at the next two virtually sealed his triumph, so much so that a drop on 18 meant little. He ultimately finished two strokes ahead of Garcia and Donaldson.
The latter ended his week with a disappointing 70, a birdie on 17 representing his only one coming in.
Miguel Angel Jiménez extended his own record as The European Tour’s oldest winner by retaining his Hong Kong Open title after a play-off with Stuart Manley and Prom Meesawat.
On a turbulent final day the Spaniard birdied the first extra hole with a superb putt from 18 feet to capture his 20th European Tour title a few weeks before his 50th birthday.
“I love this place, I love this golf course, I love the tournament,” said Jiménez, who signed for a closing 66 as he captured the event for a record fourth time.
“I played so well and I holed some putts, and the one in the play-off gave me victory.”
With 13 victories since turning 40, Jiménez now has his sights set on becoming Europe’s oldest Ryder Cup player next year.
The last of his four Ryder Cup appearances came at Celtic Manor in 2010. He turns 50 on January 5 and would comfortably beat the record of Ted Ray - who was 50 years, two months and five days old at the inaugural contest in 1927 - if he can qualify for Gleneagles next September.
"If I play the way I am playing this week I will be in the Ryder Cup Team," he added. "There is one more year to go and now I get this victory here it will help a lot. You never know; I would love to be part of the team again."
Thailand’s Meesawat had looked set for his first European Tour victory when he eagled the third from 20 feet to take the lead and went three clear with another from 50 feet at the long 13th. p>Meesawat saved par from 30 feet at the 16th and that was enough to go back in front as Jiménez three-putted the hole behind, only for Europe’s EURASIA Cup Captain to birdie the 17th from ten feet.
Manley had started the day with one shot lead, but that was eradicated immediately when he hit a wild tee shot at the first and bogeyed.
The Welshman, seeking a first European Tour title, has had an eventful month since successfully coming through his tenth visit to Qualifying School – notably following a hole-in-one with an 11 at the next hole in last month’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
The 34 year old’s rollercoaster continued as he had four bogeys and four birdies in his first ten holes, but needing to pick up a shot over the last three holes to make the play-off his chance seemed to have passed when birdie putts at the 16th and 17th slid by and he then missed the green at the last.
However, Manley responded with a brilliant chip-in for a 68, only to then hit the hospitality tent with his approach on the first extra hole.
Meesawat, who had completed a closing 65, had also missed the green, but although both recovered well Jiménez rendered their par putts irrelevant.
“It's been an amazing week for me,” said Meesawat. “I didn't feel any disappointment in the play-off. I did my best this week, and it’s my best finish on this golf course.”
Manley added: “I'm pretty pleased. Obviously I’m disappointed to lose in a play-off with a poor shot, but for Miguel to make birdie is pretty special. It was pretty special to make three myself to get into the play-off. So I can take a lot from the week.
“This week will give me a lot of confidence. It's money on the board for The Race to Dubai and everything feels very positive.”
Jamie Donaldson strengthened his grip on the Nedbank Golf Challenge with another fine 67 in Sun City.
The 38 year old Welshman held a two shot lead at the halfway stage, but birdied the fourth and fifth this morning to stretch his advantage to four strokes.
The two-time European Tour winner, fifth on the 2013 Race to Dubai, then did well to save par at the long ninth after his approach went in the water, and a birdie at the par five next took him to 14 under par for the week.
He nudged further ahead thereafter as gains came on 11, 14 and 15 and, despite a bogey on the penultimate hole, will head into the final round on 16 under, three strokes ahead of his nearest challengers.
His efforts meant even a fine 66 from Thomas Björn, who came to life just after the turn, was not enough for the Dane to significantly close the gap.
Having managed three birdies on the front nine, Björn began his voyage in with an eagle at ten and birdie at 11, his gains owing much to stunning approaches.
"This is one of the best fields in the world and a three shot lead doesn't mean much," said Donaldson, who won in Abu Dhabi in January and went on to finish fifth in the Race to Dubai in 2013.
"I'm looking forward to the final round. It's going to be a tough day on a difficult course.
"It was hard work out there, even when you are playing well. You can't sit back for a minute, because every hole is difficult. It's very important to stay in the present and keep hitting good shots.
"I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'll play as aggressively as I can and take on all the shots that I would if it was the first day. I have to go out there and play aggressive golf where I can.
"It would be very special to win. It's a great golf course and a great country. I've won twice on the European Tour so far, but every win is special. This would just be a little more special."
A six at 14 was undoubtedly frustrating yet the veteran picked up a shot on the last to stay alongside America’s Ryan Moore.
Moore, a recent winner on the US PGA Tour, turned in a three under par 33 before picking up two further shots on the back to complete a 67.
Further back on 11 under were Thongchai Jaidee, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.
Race To Dubai winner Stenson, who hit a solid 69, will wonder what might have been having twice found the water en route to a double bogey at nine.
Garcia, though, will have very differing emotions having produced one of the shots of the day to chip in at 14, his eagle followed by birdies at 16 and 17.
There was no such drama for Jaidee, who did not drop a shot en route to a wonderful 66.
After a day of so much uncertainty about where the ball was going, Tiger Woods landed in a place where the outcome is rarely in doubt.
He was in the lead.
Woods survived a rough round of swirling swing at Sherwood on Saturday with two birdies on his last three holes. That enabled him to salvage an even-par 72 and maintain his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Woods' round featured a tee shot into the water, a three-putt from 6 feet and a long delay on the 18th fairway as he tried to figure out which way the wind was blowing. He took a little off an 8-iron when he felt the wind switch yet again and holed a 12-foot birdie putt.
"I'm pleased at having the lead -- not real pleased with the way I putted today," Woods said. "I left a few out there today."
But he wasn't alone.
The average score was just under 73, and everyone ran into problems somewhere along the way, particularly on the 15th, a par 3 that played to an average score of 4.17. Johnson made two double bogeys on par 3s on the back nine, and didn't feel as though he hit a poor shot on either hole. It was simply a matter of getting the wind to cooperate.
"I didn't take myself out of it," said Johnson, who also birdied two of the last three holes for a 72.
Woods was at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Johnson, just like he started the day.
There are 18 holes to go, and Woods has a 48-5 lead worldwide when he has the outright lead going into Sunday. He has won all four times with the lead this year, and the last time he gave up a lead on Sunday was at Sherwood in 2010, when Graeme McDowell came from four shots behind and won in a playoff.
It can be done, and two shots can be erased in one hole in conditions like this.
Woods is trying to end his year with a sixth title, which would be the ninth time he's done that in his career. What began as an elite field of 18 players -- all of them from the top 30 in the world ranking -- has effectively been whittled to three barring a late charge from deep in the pack.
Bubba Watson was within one shot of the lead briefly until a three-putt bogey on the 18th, and two late birdies by Woods. Watson had a 69 and was four shots behind. No one else was within six shots of Woods.
"This golf course is very difficult," Watson said. "Right now, there's a pretty good player leading. He's won here before. He knows this golf course pretty well. But I'm just going to come out there and play. I've shot under par my last few rounds. I want to keep doing that. If I can shoot in the 60s, give myself a chance, we'll see what happens."
Rory McIlroy had the low round Saturday of 68, and that included a double bogey on the par-3 15th, which was playing 193 yards from an elevated tee. Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker each took a 7 on the par 3.
Johnson was one shot out of the lead when his 5-iron went into the creek, and it wasn't particularly close. He made double bogey. Woods hit 6-iron well to the left, and while he three-putted from long range for bogey, that was about par for the day.
"I thought Zach hit it perfect," Woods said. "He hit a little cut 5 and it was right on the flag. I mean, I thought it was the perfect flight to get there. I had a 6, and I knew that if my ball kicked up at all, it wasn't going to get there after seeing his ball get smoked at the end. So I went ahead and flipped it over to the left and bailed out."
Johnson briefly took the lead with a birdie on No. 9, though Woods caught him with a birdie on the 10th. Johnson lost momentum with one bad shot, a fairway metal for his second shot on the par-5 11th that went right into a bed of leaves under a small cluster of trees. He tried to punch under the trees and onto the green, but his shot hit one branch and led to bogey.
Johnson made a double bogey on the par-3 12th and just like that was three shots behind. He got back to within one shot on the next hole when Woods three-putted from 6 feet for bogey and Johnson made bogey.
Ultimately, they ended up where they started the day, putting Woods one round away from his sixth win at Sherwood. The tournament is moving to Florida next year.
Tiger Woods didn't like the way he warmed up on the range. What he produced on the golf course Friday left him with no complaints.
Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them for a 10-under 62, tying his course record at Sherwood Country Club and giving the tournament host a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson going into the weekend at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
"It was good today," Woods said with a broad smile, perhaps because there was little else to say.
"It was a clinic," said Graeme McDowell, the defending champion who played alongside Woods in the second round and had a 67.
Woods was at 11-under 133 and will be paired in the last group Saturday with Johnson, who missed a few good birdie chances on the back nine but still managed a 68. Johnson is a two-time runner-up at the World Challenge, both times to Woods.
Matt Kuchar had a 68 and was three shots behind, and no one else was closer than five shots. What could challenge Woods, along with everyone else, is a forecast of rain and then wind for the final two days.
Woods didn't feel good about his swing until a tee shot to 15 feet on the par-3 third hole, and while he had to settle for par, he at least liked the way the ball left his club.
"It was the first swing I think I made, even during warm-up, that felt really good," Woods said. "And I tried to keep that feeling the rest of the day, and I did. I hit a lot of good shots after that."
It was the 10th time Woods has shot 62 or lower in a tournament. He went on to win six of those events. The exceptions were the 1999 HP Byron Nelson Classic (61 in the first round), the 2005 Buick Open (61 in the second round) and the 2012 Honda Classic (62 in the final round).
This is his final event of the year, though Woods has been around long enough to keep it in perspective.
"Two more rounds," he said.
No one is ready to concede this tournament to Woods, except for those at the far end of this 18-man field. Hunter Mahan had an 80, Dustin Johnson had a 79 and Rory McIlroy, coming off a win at the Australian Open, had a 77.
"Amazing what Tiger did out there. It's just some incredible golf," Kuchar said. "I kind of felt sorry for Graeme McDowell. I saw he posted a 5-under-par round, and it must have felt like it was 2 or 3 over. It's tough when you're paired with a guy like that. It makes you feel like you're not doing much. But the rest of us just go about our business."
Even after watching what he felt like was an exhibition -- Woods' golf, not the tournament -- McDowell figured he could still defend his title if he could nail down the speed of the greens, which are running on the fast side.
That's what set Woods apart on another chilly day at Sherwood. Not only did he make the putts, he rarely was in a position where he had to stress over par. The lone exception came on the par-3 12th, when Woods was in such a precarious spot above the hole that he had no intention of trying to make birdie. He would have had to start the ball high on a ridge to get it to roll near the hole, and that would mean more speed going by. So he aimed for the low side and made the 10-foot par putt coming back.
"I don't think I've seen them quite this fast unless we get Santa Ana's blowing when it's dry," Woods said. "I mean, this is the last tournament of the year for a lot of us. I'd think they'd make it a little easier on us. But they gave it to us pretty good the last couple days. You miss the ball in the wrong spots, you're making bogeys."
Woods never went more than two holes without a birdie. One of the few times he was above the hole, Woods hit his putt on a perfect line with the right pace and dipped his knees when it dropped in the right side of the cup.
Even as he dropped further behind, McDowell couldn't help but appreciate a flawless round of golf.
"I enjoyed that," he said. "It was cool to see that kind of golf. He was under control. He hit it down the middle of every fairway. He didn't have that kind of violence with his speed through the ball."
Woods said he was similar to the 61 he shot this summer at Firestone, where he went on to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots.
"I think Firestone is obviously a much more difficult golf course than Sherwood," Woods said. "But as far as quality ball-striking, I hit it equally as good today, if not even better."
Wales' Jamie Donaldson shrugged off an unfortunate penalty to take a three shot lead at the halfway stage of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.
Donaldson completed a first round of 67 on Friday morning, play resuming at 7:30am after being abandoned for the day on Thursday afternoon following a second thunderstorm hitting the course.
That left the 38 year old one shot behind Spain's Sergio Garcia, but a second round of 66 containing seven birdies and just one bogey took Donaldson to the top of the leaderboard.
The solitary dropped shot came on the par five tenth after a front nine of 31, Donaldson finding a fairway bunker off the tee and hitting the lip of the bunker with his second shot.
Unluckily, the ball bounced back and hit the shaft of Donaldson's club as he followed through, sending the ball back into the sand and resulting in a one shot penalty.
However, after hitting his fourth shot down the fairway, Donaldson fired a superb approach from 150 yards to within a few feet of the pin to limit the damage, before picking up further shots on the 13th and 14th.
"These bizarre things happen and you just have to get on with it," said Donaldson, who won his second European Tour title in Abu Dhabi in January and finished fifth in the 2013 Race to Dubai. "In the end it was a good six!
"I've played very nicely for the first two rounds and hit a lot of good shots so I am happy with the way I am playing. We had to play six holes of the first round and then back out after a 45 minute break for the second, so it's been a long day."
European Number One and Race To Dubai winner Henrik Stenson and American Ryan Moore share second place on eight under, the latter shooting the lowest round of the day with a 65 and Stenson returning a 67, with neither player dropping a shot.
Defending champion Martin Kaymer and Denmark's Thomas Björn are a shot further back, with Garcia dropping back to five under after struggling to a 73.
Wales’ Jamie Donaldson stormed into a commanding lead as the weather-delayed Nedbank Golf Challenge looked to get back on schedule at Sun City on Friday.
Donaldson completed a first round of 67 to lie one shot behind leader Sergio Garcia, with play resuming at 7:30am after being abandoned for the day on Thursday afternoon following a second thunderstorm hitting the course.
But the 38 year old quickly left Garcia and the rest of the 30 man field trailing in his wake with seven birdies in 14 holes taking him to 11 under par and five shots clear of the chasing pack.
Donaldson picked up shots at the first, second, fourth, eighth and ninth to be out in 31 and, although he bogeyed the 10th after taking two shots to escape from a bunker, he soon made amends with further birdies at the 13th and 14th.
American duo Ryan Moore and D.A. Points, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel were sharing second place on six under, the latter delighting the home crowd by chipping in for an eagle on the 10th.
Garcia was two shots further back as he looked to recover from a poor start to his second round, the Ryder Cup star dropping strokes on the third, fifth and seventh before making his first birdie of the day on the tenth.
US Open Champion Justin Rose was a further shot back on three under as he continued to battle back from being four over after eight holes of his opening round, the Englishman eventually carding an opening 73 and picking up four shots in ten holes on Friday.
Donaldson was unable to find any further birdies, but still signed for a superb 66 to set the clubhouse target on 11 under par.
Moore had emerged as his nearest challenger, the American picking up shots at the 13th and 14th to move into outright second on eight under, with compatriot Points, Brendon de Jonge, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Björn and defending champion Martin Kaymer all two shots further back.