Another Nike signing, and I especially liked reading that he will wear TW14s on Tour. – NGN Alan
Nike Golf announced earlier this week the signing of another young gun to join the likes of Rory Mcilroy, Seung-Yul Noh and Thorbjorn Olesen. The newest pro to don the Nike swoosh is 24-year-old Japanese pro Shunsuke Sonoda. The winner of two Japan PGA titles, Sonoda will make his Nike debut at the Japan Golf Fair in Tokyo on Feb. 17.
Sonoda turned pro in 2009 at the age of 19 and has since collected two titles on the Japanese tour, as well as eight other top-five finishes. Nike’s global director of sports marketing Mark Thaxton described Sonoda as, “an incredibly talented athlete who has a very promising career ahead of him.” Sonoda is currently ranked No. 209 in the Official World Golf Rankings and will look to better this ranking with his new gear.
“I grew up with the Swoosh and I have always known Nike as the brand that leads in innovation,” Sonoda said. “Competing in tournaments this year with Nike Golf gear in my bag will allow me to take my career to the next level.”
Sonoda’s bag will consist of Nike equipment from top to bottom with:
- Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Driver
- Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3 wood
- Nike VRS Covert 2.0 5 wood
- Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
- Nike VR Forged Wedges 52 and 60 degree
- Nike Method 001 Putter
- Ball: Nike RZN Platinum
Away from equipment, Sonoda will don Nike clothing with pieces from the Tour Performance Collection as well as Nike TW 14 shoes.