Rory McIlroy Accepts Nike's Money, Rejects Its Putter

Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club Championship in the United Arab Emirates Photograph by Paul Childs/Action Images via Zuma Press

On Friday Golf Digest shared a photograph on Twitter of golfer Rory McIlroy at the European Tour’s HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi. It shows McIlroy from the ground up to just below the knees. He’s wearing a bright new pair of Nike golf cleats, which is no surprise. Four days earlier, Nike announced that it had signed McIlroy to a sponsorship deal, reported to be for five years and probably in the hundreds of millions of dollars. To the left, however, is McIlroy’s putter and, on its face, the words “Scotty Cameron.” This was news. Scotty Cameron is an Acushnet-owned brand named for the game’s “premier putter maker.”

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