T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
New Nike Golf ad features Rory McIlroy, soccer star Wayne Rooney
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 | 8:45 a.m.
Over the years, Nike Golf has had a knack for creating great golf commercials.
Recently, there's been the Dick's Sporting Goods ad featuring Tiger Woods as a salesman; the "The Sport of Golf" commercial, where Woods hits shots with various other sports (boxing, baseball and more) in the background; the Woods/McIlroy "No Cup is Safe" commercial and more.
Well now, there's another brilliant spot thanks to the Swoosh -- this time featuring McIlroy alongside English soccer star Wayne Rooney.
In the ad, the two sports superstars play a round of golf -- McIlroy with his clubs and a golf ball, Manchester United's Rooney with a soccer ball and his powerful right foot -- matching one another shot for shot (or, shot for kick, if you prefer).
At one point, McIlroy looks over at caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, who is in the process of getting Rooney's autograph. McIlroy stares in disapproval and Fitzgerald responds in a give-me-a-break tone, "It's Wayne Rooney."
It's a fun commercial, but what makes it even better is the tune playing in the background. It's Bing Crosby's, "Straight Down the Middle," which was made for a 1948 short film called, "Honor Caddy" with Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. It's believed to be the first ever song written about golf (and might be our new favorite).
You can hear the whole song here:
h/t to Ben Alberstadt (@BenAlberstadt) on the find.
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