Tiger Woods usually gets plenty of gifts from sponsors. But he'll get something particularly special from Nike this week.
For the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Nike is providing custom-made Air Force 1s to all of its athletes who are playing in the event. The shoes are each personalized with the player's name, and they have an outline of the New York City skyline on them.
Nike ID helped with the color and design, and Woods' pair is in his traditional Sunday red with a black swoosh. In addition to the skyline, the rear of the shoe features the sites of his three previous U.S. Open wins -- "Pebble Beach '00," "Bethpage Black '02" and "Torrey Pines '08."
These are not shoes to be worn on the course, obviously, but they are for the players to keep as souvenirs of their week on Long Island. Some of the other players sponsored by Nike have been seen wearing the shoes during their time off the course, so it's clear that they have been a hit with the athletes.
The Nike Air Force 1 has been one of the company's most popular shoes for years. These commemorative versions are not available to the public, so fans can only hope to see Tiger walking around in them during his time away from the Black Course.