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Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement Wednesday that is sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls next season. Nike Air Force 1 Clearance .Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to shoes and apparel, longs its strength in the golf marketplace.Were committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel, said Trevor Edwards, president of Nike Brand. We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf.Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996 with that Hello, World advertisement, and he remains the most famous figure among Nike golfers. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company also signed Rory McIlroy in a splashy announcement in Abu Dhabi to start the 2013 season.Woods has gone more than a year without playing because of back surgeries, though his agent at Excel Sports Management said he would remain the iconic ambassador for Nike Golf, just with a smaller group of products.Hes been the most loyal ambassador and longest standing for Nike Golf. That doesnt change, agent Mark Steinberg said in a telephone interview. It just means hell likely have some different equipment in the bag, whether thats tomorrow, next month or a year from now. Tiger and I have been talking about this the last couple of days. We have a very sophisticated, legitimate plan in place and were going to see it through.Brooks Koepka is another Nike client. He tied for fourth in the PGA Championship on Sunday and is in position to make his first Ryder Cup team. His agent, Blake Smith at Hambric Sports Management, said Koepka is happy with his equipment.I dont think hell be in any rush at all to jump ship, Smith said. Hes got a bunch of tournaments coming up that are very important.Nike also has Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie on the LPGA Tour.Woods began promoting the shoes and apparel when he turned pro, and he made a switch to the Nike golf ball (which Bridgestone manufactured) in 2000 in Germany, winning the U.S. Open by 15 shots a month later. No other Nike golf ball moment was more vivid than when Woods won the 2005 Masters with a chip-in for birdie on the 16th hole, in which the ball rolled down a slope and hung on the edge of the cup for a full second -- the Nike swoosh aimed at TV screens around the world -- before falling.He changed to the Nike irons at the American Express Championship in Ireland in 2002, one week before the Ryder Cup, and then gradually added the fairway metal, the driver and, finally, the putter in 2010.During those changes, Phil Mickelson caused a stir when he said in a Golf Magazine interview that Woods had inferior clubs and then tried to pay Woods a compliment by saying he was the only player good enough to overcome the equipment hes stuck with.David Duval was the first player to win a major with Nike equipment at the 2001 British Open.Through it all, Nike never took command of any aspect of the golf market, succeeding mainly in shoes and clothing.Daric Ashford, president of Nike Golf, said in the brief announcement that Woods, McIlroy and Wie drive tremendous energy for the game and inspire consumers worldwide, and then he went on to mention various apparel and footwear that have connected strongly with golfers.Well continue to ignite excitement with our athletes and deliver the best of Nike for the game, he said.Nike did not say how the move would affect its golf equipment staff, either the representatives on tour or at the Oven in Fort Worth, Texas, where the clubs were made.Steinberg said the news was too fresh to get an idea how this would affect Woods or other golfers when it comes to their contracts.We have a long-term contract with Nike, and that likely will not change, Steinberg said. Im sure well have a conversation into what exactly the future looks like with less product. Wholesale Nike Air Force 1 Online . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 From China . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. .ca! Kerry, Two nights after the Scott-Eriksson incident in Buffalo, the Bruins returned home to play San Jose. In that game, Zdeno Chara put a check on Tommy Wingels that clearly targeted his head.TORONTO -- Toronto FC had little to say Monday in the wake of a story that Uruguayan star striker Diego Forlan was headed to the MLS club. "Nothing to report," was the official response. The Globe and Mail, however, said an announcement could come as early as Tuesday when the international transfer window reopens. The Washington Post reported last week that Toronto seemed in the front of the MLS queue to sign Forlan from Brazils Internacional. The Uruguayan, who previously played for Independiente, Manchester United, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup as the tournaments leading scorer. Forlans agent, in a Brazilian publication, seemed to suggest that the striker was happy to stay where he was until after the 2014 World Cup. Other reports had the player himself saying, while he was interested in playing in the U.S. and the Middle East, he was happy where he was with a contract that runs for another two years. But where theres smoke, theres fire. Forlan has been linked to Major League Soccer since May when reports carried on the leagues own website quoted the striker as saying: "I like the MLSS a lot. Cheap Nike Air Force 1. I have gone there on holiday a lot. I would love to go." Toronto, meanwhile, is in needed of bolstering its attack and Tim Leiweke, newly appointed president and CEO of TFC owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, has gone on the record saying the MLS team is not averse to signing a marquee name if the right player presents himself. It was on Leiwekes watch that the Los Angeles Galaxy signed David Beckham, after all. Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen has been coy when asked about Forlan, offering little more than a smile and praise for the player. And the club has talked recently of chasing a forward, with club officials having made regular trips to South America in recent months. The club was also gearing up for a possible player announcement this week. But Toronto, which has signed 20 new players since the end of last season, also has a track record of talking up transfers. Argentine striker Maximiliano Urutti was said to be a virtual done deal only to have the sale fall through. Toronto has also talked of hiring a Honduran, which has yet to happen. With a record of 2-8-7, help would be appreciated. ' ' ' 

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