Nike adds Rodgers to stable before pro debut


Patrick Rodgers, a three-time All-American at Stanford who won the Hogan, Nicklaus and Haskins awards as the player of the year for the 2013-14 NCAA season, announced he will start his career with the Swoosh, signing a multi-year agreement to use Nike Golf clubs, ball, footwear, glove, bag, apparel, headwear and accessories as a professional.

“Nike has always been behind the most elite players in every sport. To be joining the Nike stable is exciting because I know I am joining the best,” said Rodgers, in a press release. “I was thrilled with the immediate impact the Nike equipment had on my game and I am excited for the future knowing I am aligning with the premier company in sport and golf.”

The 21-year-old junior from Avon, Ind., finished his amateur career as the No. 1 ranked collegiate golfer and won six times this season, the most of any player in NCAA Division I. His 11 career titles matched Tiger Woods' school record at Stanford.

Beginning at this week’s Travelers Championship, Rodgers will be playing the following equipment:

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 9.5-degree (Speeder 757 X shaft)

Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 3-wood/13-degree and 5-wood 17-degree

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)

Apparel: Nike Golf Tour Performance Apparel

Footwear: Nike Lunar Control and Nike TW’ 14