Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 1/14/13
Nike adds yet another golf superstar to its already strong stable in securing Rory McIlroy to a $200 million contract. The McIlroy-Nike deal was announced in a lavish ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The ceremony was held just ahead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to be held later in the week. "I chose Nike for a number of reasons," McIlroy said. "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." Last October, McIlroy became a free agent of sorts after ending his relationship with Acushnet Co., which had supplied the world's number one golfer with Titleist and FootJoy equipment since the start of his professional career five years ago.
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