28 Jun '17, 10pm

Nike's Phil Knight says company's recruitment of Tiger Woods began three years before he turned pro

Facebook Pinterest Gustavo Caballero Tiger Woods and Nike co-founder Phil Knight at the Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Public Library last October. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images) Nike co-founder Phil Knight said in a Bloomberg Television interview that his company’s recruitment of Tiger Woods went on for three years prior to his turning professional. “You could see him coming from way back,” Knight said. “He had won three U.S. Juniors and then went on to win three U.S. Amateurs in a six-year span from the time he was like 15 ‘til 20. He would play occasionally in the Portland area and we’d always invite him and his father out to lunch. We were working on that probably for three years before we actually signed him.” Woods won the U.S. Junior Amateur at Waverly Country Club in Portland in 1993; the Pacific Northwest Amateur a...

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