It’s Official: Rory McIlroy Signs with Nike Golf

  It’s Official: Rory McIlroy Signs with Nike Golf

- McIlroy, the world’s number one, will make his debut as a Nike Athlete at
the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship -

Business Wire

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- January 14, 2013

Nike Golf (NYSE:NKE) today announced at a press conference in Abu Dhabi that
Rory McIlroy has signed a multi-year agreement with the company. McIlroy now
represents the Swoosh in clubs, ball, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and
accessories. He is making his debut as a Nike athlete this week at the Abu
Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

New Nike Athlete Rory McIlroy (Photo: Business Wire)

New Nike Athlete Rory McIlroy (Photo: Business Wire)

A self professed sports nut, McIlroy has been a fan of the Nike brand since he
was a child and is excited to continue his career with the number one sports
brand in the world. “I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” said McIlroy.
“It’s a company and a brand that really resonates with me. It’s young. It’s
athletic. It’s innovative. They are committed to being the best, as am I.
Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

“Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his
on-course performance while, at the same time, connecting with fans
everywhere,” said Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf. “He is the epitome of a
Nike Athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike
Golf’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his
remarkable career to the next level.”

The 23-year-old Northern Irishman, who is known for his length off the tee,
will be playing with the world’s first high speed cavity back driver that
conforms to USGA and R&A Rules, the Nike VR_S Covert. “The new VR_S Covert
driver, is completely different,” said McIlroy. “It’s the first cavity back
driver. It’s striking, it looks cool and it performs unbelievably well.”

Rounding out McIlroy’s Nike Golf arsenal are the Nike VR Pro Limited Edition
fairway woods, Nike VR Pro Blade irons, Nike VR Pro wedges and a Nike Method
prototype putter. McIlroy will play Nike’s new 20XI golf ball featuring more
RZN technology. He will wear apparel from the Nike Golf Tour Performance
Collection and the new Nike Lunar Control footwear.

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
  *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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