McIlroy has signed with Nike Golf, according to one report

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Rory McIlroy has more than 200 million reasons to smile, if the stories about his Nike deal are correct.
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Rory McIlroy has signed a deal with Nike Golf worth more than $200 million, according to a report on FoxSports.com posted late Friday afternoon.

McIlroy, who has played Titleist equipment for the first five years of his professional career, is switching to Nike for perhaps as much as $250 million over 10 years, Robert Lusetich wrote in the post.

He also reported that, “although no one involved would officially confirm the signing,” FoxSports.com has learned that McIlroy has already filmed his first Nike television commercial, which will debut next year, when the deal takes effect. In the ad, he said, McIlroy appears with Tiger Woods, Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley.

If true, the deal would make McIlroy by far Nike Golf’s highest-paid player, and very likely the highest-paid player in all of golf.

Earlier this week, Titleist and McIlroy agreed they would part ways at the end of the year, freeing the popular young Northern Irishman to pursue a lucrative endorsement contract, with strong indications that he would sign with Nike.

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Comments

FredBradley

The equipment these guys use is not what one can purchase a the local golf store. All the equipment they use is custom to the inth degree and the thought is Nike can build anything Rory needs or wants right down to the ball. Tiger's issue was not Nike Equipment

chaplainmedic

Not sure why Nike other than for the money. Their equipment is no where near as good as Titleist. I have played Nike and Titleist and would never use Nike again. If Mcllroy wanted to switch and have good equipment he should have gone to Callaway or Taylormade.....not Nike.

esmarkceo

Very reminiscent of the endorsement WOODS made switching from Titleist to Nike. All things considered, it is almost identical sans the monetary consideration. In fact, I'd say the timing in regard to where they are in their respective careers is very much the same. We'll have to wait and see if the switch in equipment will affect MCILROY'S game as some would argue happened to WOODS.