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New Nike Athlete Rory McIlroy (Photo: Business Wire)

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In switching to exclusively play and wear Nike Golf products, McIlroy is making his first manufacturer change during his six-year career as a tour professional. “I visited The Oven and I was seriously impressed with both the craftsmanship of the Nike club engineers and also how much R&D and product innovation goes on there,” said McIlroy. “To be honest, I’ve been blown away by the attention to detail when it comes to product. Nike Golf is clearly committed to being the best and that gives me a lot of confidence in what we can achieve together on the golf course.”

McIlroy had a standout year in 2012 with a dominating season filled with becoming the world’s number one, securing five global wins, a Ryder Cup victory for Team Europe and taking countless season titles across the PGA and European PGA Tours. His five global wins in 2012 include his second Major Championship victory (PGA Championship) and two PGA Tour playoff events (Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship). He won the 2012 PGA Championship with the largest margin of victory in the event's history. McIlroy joins Tiger Woods as the only two active players under the age of 40 with multiple Major wins.

McIlroy also earned the 2012 US PGA Tour Player of the Year award and led both the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour money lists for 2012. To cap off a sensational season that saw McIlroy post career-highs in earnings and wins, he closed his year with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship and he became the second youngest athlete to achieve the top spot as number one in the world golf rankings. McIlroy has 10 global career wins on his resume, including two Major Championships.

McIlroy’s Nike Golf Arsenal

  • Driver: Nike VR_S Covert Tour 9.5-degree, neutral position
  • Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
  • Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
  • Wedges: Nike VR Pro 54-degree and 60-degree
  • Putter: Nike Method 006 Prototype
  • Ball: Nike 20XI X
  • Apparel: Nike Golf Tour Performance Collection
  • Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

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