Duval on verge of Signing With Nike


David Duval, the third-ranked player in the world, is reportedly on the verge of signing with Nike Golf. Nike already has world No. 1 Tiger Woods under contract. Woods and Duval recently teamed to win the WGC - EMC World Cup of Golf in which they used the Nike golf ball.
The deal will have Duval wearing Nike shoes, clothing and hats as well as playing their ball and clubs. Nike already has a ball on the market and is expected to break into the club market in 2001.
Duval will be switching to Nike Golf from Titleist. Although he still has three years remaining on his contract, an industry source has claimed an escape clause may exist. That clause may be subject to interpretation however.
Titleist recently signed Mark O'Meara and also has contracts with Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and Jesper Parnevik.
Yet, the long-standing industry-leader first encountered troubles with Duval two months ago, when the No. 3 ranked player in the world began wearing Nike shoes shortly after returning to action after a 10-week layoff due to back problems.
Upon his return at the Buick Challenge, Duval made big waves, claiming his first victory since the 1999 BellSouth Classic.
Should he now make the move to Nike, those waves would become huge.
Furthering the battle for talent, it appears as well, that Nike Golf may not stop at Duval. It has been rumored that they are courting young Australian star Aaron Baddeley. They have also been reportedly pursuing the greatest player of all time, Jack Nicklaus.
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