Nike Golf Athletes at the U.S. Open


Ok, I know that you’re thinking this is another plain and boring scripting of Nike’s athletes at the U.S. Open. While, I can’t 100% deny that, it does have a bit of a story to it anyway. For those of us who live in North Carolina, you become accustomed to the hot, muggy and sweaty summer days. Many athletes now live in warmer climates, but there’s nothing like mother nature showing us what she’s capable of and what’ll be in store for us during the summer months.

All of the Nike athletes competing in the U.S. Open will be decked out in what Nike is calling Elite Cooling apparel. It’s designed to ward off the heat with a lightweight cooling fabric, that has strategically placed mesh panels for needed ventilation and breath ability. This fabric technology couldn’t come at a better time, as the players look toward long days on the course battling the re-designed Pinehurst No. 2.

Two of Nike’s athletes have nothing but great things to say about the new line and are both looking forward to putting it in play during the U.S. Open, so they can focus on winning the year’s second major.

“We’re lucky as Nike athletes because we get to wear the best apparel for the best performance, which is especially important in those hot and humid conditions,” says Nike Golf Athlete Francesco Molinari. “I like that all the fabrics are really stretchy, and really comfortable. So no matter how hot it is or how much I sweat, it really doesn’t matter — it doesn’t affect me when I’m playing. I can still swing without any problems, and that’s the main thing you want when you play golf in that sort of weather. “

“It’s really important that the clothes fit properly,” adds Nike Golf Athlete Charl Schwartzel. “It makes a big difference. If they are too big or too small, they can start to get very sticky on your body. The Nike apparel I wear is the best clothing out there. The shirts and pants breathe really well, and they don’t stick to you. All the Nike athletes are really fortunate to be wearing these clothes.”

Nike will have a total of ten athletes vying for the U.S. Open title. Here’s who you’ll see:

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Paul Casey
  • Oliver Fisher
  • Cody Gribble
  • Russell Henley
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Seung Yul Noh
  • Charl Schwartzel
  • Kevin Tway
  • Nick Watney

If you see any of these names on the leaderboard, you’ll know their games will be on fire, but the blood in their veins will be cold as ice.

Alan Unruh

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.