Nike likes to sign high-profile players and it added another by signing world No. 2 Nelly Korda to a new apparel deal.
Korda confirmed it on her social media this past weekend and ended her partnership with Swedish clothing company J. Lindeberg. She joins the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Tom Kim and Tony Finau on the Nike clothing staff.
But there’s more to come for Korda. Another deal for the space on her visor could be in the works and signs are pointing to Korda leaving the Titleist equipment staff. She was removed from the Titleist website and could become a new brand ambassador for TaylorMade clubs. Korda was the highest-profile female player on the Titleist staff along with Danielle Kang.
Korda isn’t the only high-profile player switching equipment. Brooke Henderson is apparently leaving PING and going with TaylorMade.
Korda will make her 2023 season debut this week at the Tournament of Champions in Orlando where Kang is the defending champion.
Continental Europe Rules At Hero Cup:
Continental Europe put on a dominating performance this past weekend at the Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi, defeating Great Britain and Ireland, 14 1/2 to 10 1/2.
GB&I trailed by two points heading into the singles matches and front-loaded their lineup. But captain Francesco Molinari’s team won six of the final day’s 10 matches.
Adrian Meronk, the first player from Poland to win on the DP World Tour, clinched the cup for Continental Europe.
“Amazing, amazing. I can finally relax – the last couple of hours have been tense after finishing my game,” Molinari said after the victory. “But yeah, it’s been great all week, super happy for the guys. Like I said all week, it’s been very, very easy leading them and being a Captain for them.”
Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira Wins Latin America Amateur:
Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira is heading for The Masters, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
Those invitations came as a result of his win Sunday at the Latin America Amateur Championship in Puerto Rico.
The Buenos Aires native, a day shy of his 23rd birthday, finished with a five-under par 67 and a tournament record 23-under total — four shots better than Mexico’s Luis Carrera.
“I’m still very shocked,” Fernandez de Oliveira said after the big win. “I think my life has changed.”