Sports giants hit by swing away from golf

Nike to exit market, while Golfsmith retail chain struggles

5th August, 2016
Stars like Jordan Spieth have yet to match Tiger Woods' profile Pic: Getty

Nike’s decision earlier this week to stop selling golf equipment and a possible bankruptcy filing by the Golfsmith retail chain are raising concerns that the declining popularity of the sport is taking a toll on the companies that thrive on it.

The number of US golfers dropped to 24.1 million in 2015 from a peak of 30.6 million in 2003, during the height of Tiger Woods mania, according to the National Golf Foundation....

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