Rory McIlroy delights golf fans in LondonMay 19, 2015 Golf Equipment
World Number One discusses his career and showcases talent on a simulator at Nike event
World number one Rory McIlroy was on hand to open a new Nike Golf experience in London, where he spoke at length about his journey to the top of the golf world.
The event took place in Niketown London, and followed his record-setting victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.
The 26-year-old was joined on stage by footballer-turned-broadcaster Chris Kamara, who fulfilled the role of emcee just days before McIlroy defends his title at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
“Growing up in Northern Ireland, I looked up to Tiger, and I hope I can inspire youngsters in the same way he inspired me,” said McIlroy, addressing the crowd.
“Spending time at Niketown London is a great way for me to kick off what will hopefully be a successful week, and it’s great to be a part of Nike bringing golf to life in this space.”
I’m always looking to get an edge on my competition Kamara, a former professional footballer with over 600 club appearances to his name, also asked McIlroy to elaborate on the athletic side of golf and his fitness regime.
“I’m always looking to get an edge on my competition, and I definitely feel being in peak physical condition gives me that.
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“I love being in the gym because what I do in there directly contributes to what I can do on the course,” added McIlroy.
McIlroy gave the crowd a glimpse into his game while hitting a variety of shots into a golf simulator – shots which he’ll replicate when he tees off at Wentworth.
Hitting some 300 yard drives for the crowd with his Nike Vapor Pro driver, the four-time Major champion added, “The length of the course this week could favour my game, but ball control is definitely crucial as well.”
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