Tiger Woods and Nike are nearing the completion of a new endorsement agreement that will "emphatically" keep Woods as the highest-paid endorser in golf, according to a report on ESPN.com.
"We're down to the very, very short strokes right now,'' Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN golf writer Bob Harig. ''I would expect we would come out with some sort of joint announcement when we get the paperwork signed. I hope this is viewed as a pretty bold statement."
Woods could sign the new deal as soon as the next couple of weeks, Harig wrote.
Woods signed with Nike for a reported five years and $40 million when he turned pro back in 1996, and Nike stuck with Woods during his personal troubles. His current equipment and apparel contract is said to be roughly $20 million per year.
Earlier this year, of course, Nike signed Rory McIlroy to a major deal worth a reported to be anywhere from $10 million to $20 million per year. Steinberg didn't give any indication of the figures involved in Woods' new agreement, except to say that it would ''emphatically'' keep Woods as the king of the golf endorsement mountain.
Steinbeg did indicate to Harig that the new deal would be for multiple years.
"Tiger started his professional career with Nike in 1996,'' Steinberg said. ''He has a long way to go in his career, but I feel with the type of deal we've constructed … I feel confident that he will be with Nike for his entire career."
Tennis champion Petr Korda's daughter Jessica is quickly making a name for herself on the LPGA Tour. Ivan Lendl has three daughters who are or were prominent collegiate golfers. And soon, they might have some company in the realm of championship golf-tennis families.
Tennis star Anna Kournikova has an 8-year-old brother named Allan, who just won his age group in the US Kids Golf European Championship. That victory is just the latest of many titles Allan has amassed in his young life – in fact, he won the 7-and-under category in that same event last year.
This year's tournament ran May 28-30 at Longniddry Golf Club in Gullane, Scotland – not far from Muirfield, where the British Open will be played next month. Kournikova and the rest of the 8-and-unders played three nine-hole rounds, and he won by four shots with scores of 35-37-33 on the par-36 course that stretched about 1,700 yards.
According to a 2011 story on the youngster in The Palm Beach Daily News in Florida (Allan lives with his mother, Alla, in Palm Beach), Allan began playing competitively at age 5 and quickly started collecting trophies.
He often practices at The Breakers in Palm Beach, and has worked with PGA Professionals Valerie LaPapa and Kevin Compare.
''He's an amazing athlete,'' LaPapa told the newspaper. ''He has a natural ability. ... He will ask you questions and wants to learn more, which definitely sets him apart. He pushes us to push him. He truly loves to play the game. For such a young little boy, he asks a lot of questions, which shows he loves what he is doing. That's what sets him out from others. We also make it a lot of fun so he doesn’t get burnt out.''
Allan is also featured in a new documentary called ''The Short Game,'' which profiles some of the world's best child golfers. (It won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in March, and you can see Allan in a preview of it here).
As part of the promotion of that film, Playmaker Magazine interviewed Allan and some of the film's other subjects.
In that interview, he said he began swinging a club at 18 months, and that his favorite players are a couple of other child golfers who went on to success: Lexi Thompson and Tiger Woods.
When the PGA Championship returns to beautiful Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., in August, golf fans will be able to get a taste of more than great golf.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday unveiled new details about a strategic partnership with The PGA of America designed to showcase and sell made-in-New York products to a worldwide audience during the PGA Championship. The "Taste NY" Experience, at Oak Hill from Aug. 5-11, will include a product showcase tent, free for all patrons, and a concession tent selling New York State products and beverages, and promoting New York travel destinations.
The Taste NY Experience is the first of its kind, delivering on a key promise Cuomo made to better market and promote New York State products.
"The PGA Championship draws more than 200,000 golf enthusiasts from around the world, and what better chance to introduce them to all the goods and products New York State has to offer," Cuomo said. "Once these visitors have a sip or sample, I know they'll be coming back for more – and our New York products will be flying off the shelves."
There will be two Taste NY tents located at the main entrance to Oak Hill Country Club. A product showcase tent, open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET for all seven tournament days, will feature New York-made wine, beer, cheese, yogurt, fruit, and a variety of other products and information from nearly 100 different vendors and producers participating from around the state. A concession tent will feature products for sale and a menu of New York State products created by The New York Wine & Culinary Center, whose mission is to educate, engage and excite visitors by celebrating and showcasing New York's finest in wine, food and agriculture.
In addition to the two tents, the iconic I LOVE NY logo will also be visible at the PGA Championship venue, including on the uniforms of all 3,800 tournament volunteers-a first for The PGA. I LOVE NY professionals will also be on site to highlight New York's economic and tourism assets throughout the 95th PGA Championship, and help visitors plan their trips and itineraries.
"There is an amazing chapter of history shared by The PGA of America and New York State that traces nearly 100 years. We are extremely proud that The PGA was founded in New York in 1916, and now, this summer will mark a record 12th time that the PGA Championship will be conducted in the Empire State," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "The innovative 'Taste NY' partnership celebrates the 2013 PGA Championship and represents what is possible when you combine the game of golf with the tremendous assets of the host communities of our premier Championship. We are excited about this historic and innovative partnership with the great state of New York."
For more information on The Taste NY Experience at the PGA Championship, click here.