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Golf notebook: Woods signs another endorsement deal with Nike

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

Nike was one of the few sponsors that stuck by Tiger Woods after a much-publicized episode of serial adultery in 2009.

The company announced Wednesday it renewed an endorsement deal with the golfer that began in 1996, when he turned pro.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Mark Steinberg, Woods's agent, said that he expected the next contract to keep the 14-time major tournament winner with the company for the rest of his career and leave him as Nike's highest-paid golf endorser.

“He is one of Nike's most iconic athletes and has played an integral part in Nike Golf's growth since the very beginning,” the company said in a statement.

Woods's agreement with Nike has been reported to be worth as much as $20 million a year since he signed a five-year contract in 2001, replacing an original $40 million agreement.

• The most entertaining shot at the British Open may have been hit before the tournament officially started. It belonged to short-game wizard Phil Mickelson, who arrived at the 17th green during a practice round to find his ball nestled in light rough halfway up a small knob alongside the putting surface. The left-hander grabbed a wedge, and with his back to the flag, feathered a shot that arched softly and landed behind him and rolled to within a few feet of the pin.

• Jokes about Sergio Garcia and fried chicken apparently aren't a staple of British diets. “I definitely feel like everybody has moved on,” the Spaniard said after a final practice round at Muirfield, “and that's great.” In late May, Garcia made a remark about inviting his rival Woods over for dinner and serving fried chicken. Garcia has since apologized to Woods.

• Rory McIlroy has shrugged off a suggestion from Nick Faldo to spend more time concentrating on golf, saying the six-time major champion “should know how hard this game is at times.” Faldo is among those who have speculated that he's devoted too much time to off-the-course activities.

• The head of golf's governing body says there is no evidence of doping in the sport and emphasizes there will be no complacency in the fight to keep it drug-free. Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson says his organization is “right on the case” and that “anti-doping policies do as much as they can to trap miscreants.”

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