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Rory McIlroy signs multi-year deal with Nike

The worst-kept secret in golf is out in the open

 

First came the rumours, then the more informed speculation. All the while, the manufacturer in question steadfastly replied with a “no comment”.

Now Rory McIlroy’s move to Nike is official – where he will join Tiger Woods, as well as the likes of fellow new recruits Nick Watney, Kyle Stanley, Seung-Yul Noh and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Rory McIlroy Nike Signing

At a press conference in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy announced that he had signed a multi-year contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.

As expected, McIlroy will play and wear Nike from head to toe. That includes his shoes and clothing as well as all 14 clubs and the ball.

Rory McIlroy

Up until now, McIlroy had played exclusively with Titleist clubs ever since turning professional after the 2007 Walker Cup.

He won his second Major championship last August at the PGA at Kiawah Island, to add to the US Open title he claimed the year before at Congressional.

He also topped the money lists on both the PGA and European Tours last year.

McIlroy, 23, has already been on the winning side of two Ryder Cup teams, though in truth he is yet to show his best form in the team event.

“McIlroy will play and wear Nike from head to toe. That includes his shoes and clothing as well as all 14 clubs and the ball.”
It turns out that he visited Nike’s club development facility in Forth Worth, Texas, last autumn to test his new equipment.

“I visited The Oven and I was seriously impressed with both the craftsmanship of the Nike club engineers and how much R&D and product innovation goes on there,” said McIlroy. “I’ve been blown away by the attention to detail when it comes to product.”

This is what McIlroy will have in his bag for his first event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

Rory McIlroy WITB January 2013

Driver: Nike VR_S Covert Tour (9.5˚, neutral position, Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype shaft)

Fairways: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition (15 & 19˚)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (54 & 60˚)

Putter: Nike Method 006 Prototype

Ball: Nike 20XI X

Shoes: Nike Lunar Control

More information: Nike Golf

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Dan loves links golf, which doesn't mean he is very good at it. He is a four-handicapper at Alwoodley. A qualified journalist and senior editor with 25 years’ experience, he was the long-time editor of NCG. His passion is golf courses and he is the founding editor of NCG Top 100s course rankings. He loves nothing more than discovering and highlighting courses that are worthy of greater recognition.

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