Golf legend Tiger Woods has officially parted ways with Nike, his apparel sponsor of over two decades. The 15-times major champion made the announcement on Monday via a post on X (formerly Twitter), signaling the end of a historic partnership that began when Woods was just a 20-year-old professional in 1996.

Woods, now 48, had been synonymous with Nike throughout his illustrious career, signing a groundbreaking five-year, $40 million contract with the sportswear giant in his early days. The endorsement deal evolved over the years, culminating in a 10-year pact in 2013, reportedly worth a staggering $200 million.

The golf icon took to social media to express his gratitude and reflect on the memorable journey with Nike. “Over 27 years ago, I was fortunate to start a partnership with one of the most iconic brands in the world,” Woods wrote. “The days since have been filled with so many amazing moments and memories.”

Woods concluded his statement with a cryptic message, hinting at his return to competitive golf. “See you in LA!” suggests that Woods may be gearing up for the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club from Feb. 15-18.

Nike, in its own social media post, commemorated the long-standing partnership with a picture of Woods in his trademark red top, accompanied by the caption: “It was a hell of a round, Tiger.” The company acknowledged Woods’ impact on the sport, stating, “Throughout the course of our partnership, we have witnessed how Tiger not only redefined the sport of golf but broke barriers for all of sport.”

The separation comes at a time when Woods had already made a significant equipment change. At the 2022 Masters, he opted for FootJoy shoes, citing the need for greater stability following serious leg injuries sustained in a February 2021 car crash. Despite the switch, Nike expressed its commitment to working with Woods to meet his evolving needs as he returned to the game.

Woods’ departure from Nike follows another notable golf figure, Jason Day, former world number one, who announced his exit from Nike last week. Day is set to join Malbon, a luxury golf apparel brand founded in 2017.

As speculation mounts about Woods’ next move and potential future endorsements, fans and industry insiders eagerly await the next chapter in the golf icon’s storied career. The question looms: What brand will be the next to align itself with the enduring legacy of Tiger Woods?