BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike Golf athletes will stay protected from the predictably chillier temperatures and blustery conditions at this year's Open Championship with new styles for fall featuring wool and engineered knit fabrics.
Tiger Woods will compete in his first major championship of the season in apparel from the Nike Golf Tiger Woods Collection. The three-time Open Champion will stay warm in the TW Engineered Sweater ($140) with 3D engineered-knit sleeves developed with Woods' insights. His insights inspired the same sleeve design in the 3D V-Neck Sweater.
Rory McIlroy will brave the elements at Royal Liverpool in the new Hypervis Half-zip Cover-up ($85). Featuring engineered fabric bonded onto a Therma-FIT fleece, the Hypervis Half-zip has strategically-placed ventilation - athletes will stay warm but won't overheat. The fabric is super lightweight, providing warmth without bulk. A range of vibrant colors like Volt, Hyper Cobalt and Hyper Pink pop through the ventilated portion of the cover-up.
How will Nike Golf athletes like Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel and Nick Watney stay warm? The 3D V-Neck Sweater ($130), a poly-wool blend constructed with 3D engineered-knit sleeves that trap heat while allowing for maximum range of motion. The knit is fabricated to be elevated in certain zones to contain heat and offer flexibility, and tighter around places like the elbow to reduce material and weight.
"Our athletes will be prepared for every possible weather condition at Royal Liverpool," says Merritt Richardson, VP of Global Golf Apparel and Footwear. "Every piece of apparel - from polos to sweaters to cover-ups - is made for easy layering and built to move with the athlete's body. We've armed our athletes with some of Nike Golf's newest and most innovative pieces from the Fall 2014 collection to keep them warm and comfortable no matter what each round brings."
Twelve Nike Golf athletes will compete at the 2014 Open Championship: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Ashley Chesters, David Duval, Oliver Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Henley, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen, Charl Schwartzel and Nick Watney.
For added warmth and layering, Woods will also sport the TW Tech 2.0 Cover-up ($130). Underneath, he'll wear polos from the TW collection: TW Seasonal Bold Stripe polo ($90) on Thursday; TW Engineered Body Map polo ($100) on Friday; TW Seasonal Bold Stripe polo on Saturday; and TW Ultra Polo 3.0 ($95) on Sunday in his signature red hue, Action Red. Woods will finish each look with the TW Adaptive Pant ($125), TW Ultralight Tour cap ($30), TW Mesh Nike belt ($70) and Nike TW' 14 footwear ($220). Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and ONE Tour D.
Underneath the Hypervis Half-zip Cover-up, Rory will sport a variety of polos featuring the mobility chassis, a shoulder seam that is shifted toward the upper back that allows for maximized movement and eliminates distraction. He'll start and finish the week in the Lightweight Innovation Color polo ($75) - the same design he wore at Augusta and Pinehurst - in addition to Friday's Innovation Color Block polo ($75) and Saturday's Innovation Vent 2.0 polo ($75). He'll complete each look with the Modern Tech pant ($80), Tour Mesh cap ($30), Sleek Modern Plaque belt ($50) and Nike Lunar Control footwear ($200). Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Black.
England's Casey will pair his 3D V-Neck sweater with the Lightweight Innovation Stripe polo ($65) and Key Iconic Polo 2.0 ($65) on Thursday and Saturday when he returns to his home country for The Open. On Friday he'll wear the Lightweight Innovation Cool polo ($65), and suit up in the Key Bold Heather Stripe polo ($65) on Sunday. Casey will also wear the Flat Front Tech pant ($80), Stripe Novelty pant ($85), Ultralight Tour Legacy cap ($30), Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt ($45) and Lunar Control footwear. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Platinum.
The 2013 European amateur champion will sport the Swoosh head-to-toe at Royal Liverpool. On Thursday, he will wear the Key Iconic Polo 2.0 and on Saturday he will don stripes in the Nike Ultra Stripe Polo, both paired with white tech pants. On Friday and Sunday, Chesters will rely on elite cooling as he wears the Nike Ultra Polo 2.0.
The 2001 Open Championship winner will stay protected in the Dri-FIT Performance Half-zip cover-up ($75), Nike Victory Stripe polo ($55), Nike Ultra Polo 2.0 ($65), Key Bold Heather Stripe polo and Key Body Mapping polo ($65). He complete his head-to-toe look with the Flat Front Tech pant, Nike Golf Plaid pant ($85), Tour Mesh cap, TW Mesh Nike belt, and Lunar Control footwear. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Platinum.
Featuring stylish designs from the Nike Golf Sport Collection, Fisher will wear the Sport Nike Graphic polo on Thursday and the Sport Innovation Pocket polo on Friday. For the weekend, he will compete in the Sport Stripe polo and the Sport Swing Movement polo on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Topping off his look are the Nike Flat Bill Tour Cap and the Nike Hyperadapt jacket to combat the elements. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Black.
Fleetwood will compete in his native England wearing the Nike Victory polo ($50), Sport Seasonal polo ($70) - featuring Nike's iconic and running apparel-inspired 26-degree angle design on the upper chest, Sport Swing Movement polo ($60) and Nike Victory Stripe polo. To complete each look, Fleetwood will pair polos with the Modern Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half-zip cover-up, Ultralight Tour Legacy cap, Square Perforated Reversible belt ($55) and Lunar Control footwear. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Black.
The University of Georgia alum will kick off his quest for the Open Championship trophy sporting the Nike Ultra Stripe polo ($60) on Thursday, followed by the Key Body Mapping polo, Nike Ultra Polo 2.0 and Nike Victory polo. He'll wear a mix of solids, stripes and plaid with the Flat Front Tech Pant, Nike Golf Plaid Pant and Stripe Novelty Pant. A Dri-FIT Performance Half-Zip cover-up, Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt, Tall Tour visor ($22) and Lunar Control footwear will complete each look. Driver and ball: Nike VRS STR8-FIT 9.5-degree and RZN Black.
Molinari will stay warm with the Dri-FIT Performance Half-zip Cover-up, layered over the Nike Ultra Stripe polo, Nike Ultra Polo 2.0, Key Iconic Polo 2.0 ($65) and Nike Victory polo. He'll lace up in TW' 14 footwear and pair each polo with the Flat Front Tech pant, Stripe Novelty pant, Tour Mesh cap, and Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 and RZN Black.
Olesen, who will be making his fourth Open Championship appearance, will be wearing looks from the Nike Golf Sport Collection. On Thursday, he will compete in the Sport Seasonal polo paired with the flat front tech pants in Photo Blue. Friday Olesen will wear the Sport Swing Movement Polo in black with volt piping on the color to hook up with his Volt Lunar Control footwear. For the weekend, Olesen will wear the Sport Nike Graphic Polo ($75) in Light Magnet Grey on Saturday and Cool Grey on Sunday. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Black.
Schwartzel will wear a collection of sporty polos featuring bold graphics including camouflage and bright colorblocking: The Sport Innovation Pocket polo ($70) on Thursday, Sport Stripe polo ($65) on Friday, Sport Nike Graphic polo on Saturday, and Sport Swing Movement polo on Sunday. He'll stay protected from the chiller temperatures in the 3D V-Neck Sweater and Sport Long Sleeve Crew ($80). Nike Golf's Modern Tech Pant, Tour Mesh cap, Sleek Modern Plaque belt ($50) and FI Impact footwear complete each head-to-toe look. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour and RZN Black.
In the hunt for his first Major Championship, Watney will wear a range of bold graphics and designs, including Sunday's Innovation Mesh Sub polo ($70). He'll round out the weekend with the Innovation Jacquard polo ($75) on Thursday, Innovation Stripe polo ($70) on Friday, and Nike Premium Jacquard polo ($110) on Saturday. The 3D V-Neck Sweater, Half-zip Wind-resistant sweater ($150), Dri-FIT Wool Tech sweater ($90) Flat Front Tech pant, Flat Bill Tour cap ($30), Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt and Lunar Control footwear will finish each look. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 and RZN Platinum.
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