Two-year-Old Tiger on the Mike Douglas Show in Los Angeles
Tiger Woods has looked like a natural as far back as anyone can remember.
Adolescence, not a particularly stylish era for any of us, looked equally as awkward for young Woods. The kid never quite managed to find the right fit for his gawky frame but nonetheless cued up one epic 90's look after the next on his way to three U.S. Amateur titles and a slew of other accolades before he turned 20.
In 1996 Nike signs 19-year-old Tiger Woods to a $40 million endorsement deal. In April 1997, Tiger Woods won the Masters by 12 strokes. Tiger had always favored the color red but that day the entire world recognized his Sunday signature.
1998 Tiger Debuts Yin-Yang Nike Gear
Tiger, well on the way to becoming his own megabrand wears Nike's Yin and Yang logo developed for more athletically-inspired golf looks.
Fit remains an issue but, who are we kidding, I'm pretty sure it was still one-size-fits all on the PGA Tour at this point.
1999-2002 Fifty Shades of Red
From 1999 to 2002, Tiger began his most prolific stretch of major championships, including his Tiger Slam from 2000-2001. The field was seeing red.
2002-2004 The First Cut is the Deepest
Tiger breaks up with swing coach Butch Harmon, starts wearing mock turtlenecks, may have dyed his hair and doesn't seem to know what to wear when not playing golf. It's cool bro. We've been there . . .
Tiger signs a seven-year contract extension with Nike and the brand continues to develop TW-specific gear. Tiger starts wearing a little bit more color and a little bit more pattern, but things still stay pretty solid.
While Tiger never stopped wearing red on Sundays he certainly started to take home some more hardware during the Haney years.
The man still seems to have difficulty with off-course style.
2010 The Hiatus
Hard to make this one not look awkward. Tiger still struggles with the non-golf look as he tells the world he plans to, umm, not play golf for the foreseeable future.
2011 Tiger Follows the Field as the Transition from Traditional to Technical Gear Grows
Tiger picks up where he left off with marginal improvements in fit as well as adopting the trend toward more technical performance golf gear.
His shoes shift here as well as Tiger moves from the standard, structured golf shoe to Nike's softer, hybrid sneaker spike.
But his off-course style game is still very confusing.
2012-2014 Tech Continues to Trend
More modern designs and fabric developments make their way into Nike's line and, although Tiger sticks to a predominantly solid setup, you start to see even more variations of pattern and color in his kits.
Nike Adds a New Man to Their Stable
In 2013 Nike added yet another star to their stable and it will be interesting to see how the brand decides to position their two most compelling competitors.
We don't expect to see Tiger change his stripes, but you've got to wonder, would the field even notice if he did?