Rory McIlroy was officially welcomed to the Nike Golf team Monday at the Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nike rolled out the red carpet for world’s No. 1 player. Nike now has a very powerful one-two lineup featuring Rory alongside Tiger Woods. McIlroy reportedly signed a multiyear deal with Nike that will cover clubs, ball, footwear, glove, apparel, headwear and accessories.
“I’ve always associated Nike with the best,” McIlroy said at the announcement. “Growing up, whether it was golf, tennis, football, the best athletes were with Nike. I’ve watched Tiger Woods make history with Nike, and Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. Now I want to create my own history with Nike.
” … Nike is 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.”
No one has released an official word on the financial terms, but it is believed to have netted Rory $200 million to $250 million over a 10-year period. Not a bad payday for the 23-year-old.
Nike wasted no time in getting Rory in front of the camera, and Monday they released a new advertisement featuring Rory and Tiger at the driving range with a tagline of “when Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hit the range, no cup is safe.”
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