Nike Golf announced that former Stanford athlete and No.1-ranked amateur in the world Patrick Rodgers has joined the brand, signing a multi-year agreement to represent the Swoosh head-to-toe. The 21-year old, who was recently named the winner of the 2014 Haskins Award given to the outstanding collegiate male golfer of the year- in addition to receiving the Ben Hogan and the Jack Nicklaus Awards, is making his professional debut at the Travelers Championship June 19-22 at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut as a Nike Golf Athlete.
He will use Nike Golf clubs, ball and bag, and wear Nike Golf footwear, glove, hat, apparel and accessories. He joins an elite group of fellow Nike athletes who are also Haskins Award winners including Bob Tway, Jamie Lovemark, Russell Henley, Kevin Chappell, David Duval and Tiger Woods. Since switching to the Swoosh equipment earlier this year, Patrick has won five out of his last seven college tournaments.
“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 with the best,” said Rodgers. “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 golf and sports.”
A three-time NCAA Division I All-American and 2014 PAC-12 Player of the Year at Stanford University, Rodgers broke the school record for lowest career stroke average of 71.1 set by Tiger, with a 70.33 average score and tied Woods all-time wins school record with 11 victories. A member of the 2011 and 2013 U.S, Walker Cup teams, the Indiana native also set a single season scoring record this year of 69.4.
“Patrick’s phenomenal college career and outstanding achievements as an amateur make us excited and proud to welcome him to the Nike Golf family,” said Mark Thaxton, Senior Director of Global Sports Marketing Operations. “He is a tremendous athlete with a passion for sport and the Nike Brand, and we look forward to being a part of his continued success as a professional.”