OLYMPIC UNIFORM: USA Golf Federation, the governing body for golf in the Olympics, said adidas Golf will provide uniforms for golfers, coaches and the staff at Rio.
Golf returns to the Olympics in 2016.
Andy Levinson, the executive director of USA Golf, said the adidas logo will not be visible on the uniform, which should come as good news to Tiger Woods if he is eligible and chooses to play in the ‘16 Olympics. Woods has been a Nike client his entire career.
Along with outfitting the men’s and women’s American teams, adidas Golf will have a line of USA Golf-branded apparel that will be introduced late this year.
“We are elated that the game’s best players will showcase their talents in our apparel on the world’s greatest stage,” adidas Golf president Ben Sharpe said.
DIVOTS: Nick Watney is taking the next three weeks off after Doral. His wife, Amber, is to have their first child next week in Austin, Texas. It’s a girl. The name? “We’re still negotiating that one,” he said. … The personal golf clubs belonging to Babe Didrikson Zaharias were sold last week for $31,250 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. Zaharias, voted the AP female athlete of the 20th century, used MacGregor Tommy Armour clubs in winning the Tam O’shanter All-American tournament four times before eventually signing an endorsement deal to use Wilson clubs in competition. … Stephen Ames has been elected to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Ames, who won The Players Championship in 2006 among four PGA Tour victories, will be the 74th member. … Ten of the 69 players in the field at Doral are not yet eligible for the Masters.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Steve Stricker has been around long enough to have played at Doral under five different names: Doral-Ryder Open, Genuity Championship, Ford Championship at Doral, CA Championship, and Cadillac Championship.
FINAL WORD: “You guys have been blessed by seeing Tiger Woods win for so many years, and being No. 1 for I think 12 years now, that people in general think it’s easy to win. It’s hard.” - Jason Day, No. 4 in the world with two victories.