Mcllroy’s $100 Million Deal
Ever since Nike stopped their production of clubs, many Nike golfers have been looking for new equipment deals.
Golfers like Daniel Berger went to Callaway, Tiger Woods went to Taylormade, Jhonattan Vegas signed a deal to play Mizuno irons and recent PGA Tour winner Kevin Chappell is still playing his trusty old Nike clubs. But Rory was one of the bigger names in the game that was an equipment “free agent”.
For a while, he was using an all white staff bag with black accents and huge black words on the side that just read “RORY”. He had a mixed bag of clubs in that bag.
He gamed a Callaway EPIC driver, Taylormade M2 woods, Callaway APEX MB irons, Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges and an Oddysey putter. While gaming Titleist ProV1x balls.
But after May 9th, McIlroy is officially a Taylormade golfer, signing a 10 year $100-million-dollar deal with the company. He will play 14 Taylormade clubs and even the company’s new TP5X ball.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) May 9, 2017
“I’ve been around golf long enough and seen everything,” McIlroy said this week during a one-on-one interview with PGATOUR.COM, “but I’ve never been this excited about equipment as right now, which I think is big to say.”
McIlroy has been a ProV1 loyalist for many years but he said that the TP5X’s performance in the wind and in other situations is just as good and he can truly trust the balls flight in no matter the conditions.
He will be playing these clubs at The Players Championship. The deal means the top three players in the world – Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Jason Day – are using TaylorMade equipment. Throw in Masters champion Sergio Garcia at No. 6, and TaylorMade has four of the top six players in the world.
Putting has been a struggle for Rory in the recent past, so like many Tour pros, he is switching to the red Tour Spider putter to join Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and many more players.
The interesting part about this signing is he may be getting his own clubs, already.