Monday, March 3, 2014

Nike Athletes Russell Henley, Ross Fisher Notch First Victories of 2014

Henley and Fisher dominate with new Nike RZN Black ball in the bag

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – It was a Swoosh dominant weekend with Nike athletes securing victories and a runner-up finish on both the PGA and European Tours.

Nike athletes Russell Henley and Ross Fisher each secured their first wins this season at the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour and Tshwane Open on the European Tour, respectively.  Nike athlete Rory McIlory, who found himself in a sudden-death playoff with Henley, finished tied for second.

Henley birdied the 18th hole in a four-man playoff to capture thesecond PGA Tour trophy of his career.

“I was nervous, coming down the stretch,” he said. “I enjoy the rush, that’s why you play. It’s going to take awhile for this to sink in.”

Henley played the Nike RZN Black ball featuring innovative Speedlock RZN technology, designed to deliver more distance, better feeland a more consistent, stable ball flight into the wind. He used his Nike Method 006 putter to clinch the tournament with a two-putt for the win.

Henley wore apparel from Nike’s Tour Performance collection and the Nike Lunar Control shoe.

Fellow Nike athlete McIlroy played with the Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RNZ Black ball – a combination that he has described as “the best driver and ball combination I’ve ever had.”

Fisher, playing with the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver and RZN Black ball, claimed his first European Tour victory in four years – and the fifth of his career -- with a three-shot victory at the Tshwane Open in South Africa. Fisher battled the wet conditions in the Nike Dri-FIT Performance Half-zip cover-up and apparel from the Nike Tiger Woods collection and Nike Tour Performance collection.

Henley’s Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VRS STR8-FIT 9.5-degree (Graphite Design HD-7X)
* Fairway Wood:  Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
* Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6); VR Pro Combo (7-9)
* Wedges: Nike VR Pro 48-degree and 53-degree, VR Forged 59-degree
* Putter: Nike Method 006
* Ball: Nike RZN Black
* Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Collection
* Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Fisher’s Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (PX 7A3)
* Fairways: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood 15-degree
* Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW)
* Wedges: Nike VR Forged 47-degree, 54-degree and 60-degree
* Putter: Nike Method 001 Prototype
* Ball: Nike RZN Black
* Apparel: Nike Tiger Woods Collection/Nike Tour Performance Collection
* Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories
Russell Henley – Honda Classic

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories
Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)
Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)

Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories
Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters

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