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Nike Golf athlete Russell Henley secures his first PGA Tour victory

Nike Golf Athlete Russell Henley secured his first PGA Tour victory in his rookie debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Henley won with 14 Nike clubs in the bag.

Henley is the first PGA Tour professional since 2001 to win in his rookie debut. With an outstanding three-shot victory, he birdied his way to the trophy, utilizing the new Nike 20XI X golf ball and Nike Method 006 prototype putter.

This week marked Henley’s switch from the 2012 version of the 20XI X golf ball to the 2013 version of 20XI X, noting its increased distance and softer feel around the greens.

Nike’s new 20XI golf ball includes a larger, softer RZN core that improves feel off all shots while maintaining driver distance. With an added RZN mantle it produces longer shots off irons while providing a softer short game feel. This combination of core size and mantle translates into two times more RZN material than the previous generation 20XI. 

Birdieing his last five holes, Henley was unstoppable with his Nike Method 006 prototype putter. He had 33 one-putt greens for the tournament including seven within the final nine holes. The Method franchise features Nike’s polymetal groove technology, generating a faster forward roll at impact for increased accuracy. 

Henley wore Nike Golf apparel from the Performance line and the new Nike Golf Lunar control footwear.


Henley’s Nike Golf Arsenal 

Driver: Nike VR_S 9.5-degree (Graphite Design HD-7X)

Fairway: Nike SQ Sumo 3-wood/13-degree

Hybrid: Nike VR Pro 18-degree

Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6), VR Pro Combo (7-9)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro 47-degree, 53-degree and 59-degree

Putter: Nike Method 006 prototype

Ball: Nike 20XI X

Nike Golf’s 2013 PGA Tour Victories

  • Russell Henley- Sony Open

Nike Golf’s 2013 International Victories

  • Scott Jamieson – The Nelson Mandela Championship (European Tour)


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