Nike Golf has announced Nick Watney has joined its Nike Golf Tour Staff in a multi-year deal ahead of the start of the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Watney will employ Nike Golf clubs, balls, footwear, gloves, apparel, headwear and accessories, and will make his Nike debut using the VR_S Covert, the world’s first high speed cavity back driver.

He will supplement the VR_S woods with Nike VR Pro Combo irons, Nike VR Pro wedges and and a Nike Method Prototype putter.

Watney will play with the 20XI golf ball – which features more RZN technology – wear apparel from Nike’s Tour Performance Collection and sport Nike Lunar Control II footwear.

“I am excited to call myself a Nike athlete,” said Watney.

“I am proud to wear the swoosh because it’s the symbol of excellence across all sports and golf is no exception.”

The Las Vegas native, who is currently 20th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is making his first manufacturing change in his 10-year career as a tour professional.

“Nick is a tremendous athlete with a passion for sports and the Nike brand,” added Mark Thaxton, Global Director of Sport Marketing Operations for Nike Golf.

“He is a good, solid, consistent player and one of his main strengths is that he has no weaknesses. We are thrilled to welcome Nick to the Nike family.”