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Not exactly the best kept secret, but Nike Golf formally announced Rory McIlroy has joined its Tour staff. “Nike rorymcilroyGolf is making a move,” stated Cindy Davis, Nike Golf President in Abu Dhabi as she introduced McIlroy. “Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his on-course performance while, at the same time, connecting with fans everywhere,” said Davis. “He is the epitome of a Nike Athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike Golf’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.”

A self professed sports nut, McIlroy has been a fan of the Nike brand since he was a child. “I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” said McIlroy. “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. First and foremost, I’ve associated Nike with the best athletes. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to become a Nike athlete I’m really excited. I’ve watched Tiger make history as a Nike athlete. I’m excited to make my own history.”

McIlroy said he intends to begin his career with playing the Nike VR_S Covert driver. “Its a little different, which I like,” McIlroy stated. “As soon as I hit it I knew it was going in the bag right away. I was hitting it further.” The world’s #1 player said he will also use the VR Limited in fairway woods, VR Pro blade irons, VR Pro wedges and a Nike Method prototype putter, “I was blown away by the groove technology,” said McIlroy. “I’m very confident in this equipment.” McIlroy said he increased his ball speed off the driver to 180 mph from mid 170s in his testing, carrying it 300 yards. He will play the 20XI X ball, the firmer version as he called it. “The ball has been fantastic,” said McIlroy. His VR_Covert driver specs are 10.5 degrees of loft with a neutral setting and the Diamana shaft, which he put in play when he won the US Open Championship.  “To be honest, I’ve been blown away by the attention to detail when it comes to product. Nike Golf is clearly committed to being the best and that gives me a lot of confidence in what we can achieve together on the golf course.”

McIlroy will wear apparel from the Nike Golf Tour Performance Collection and the new Nike Lunar Control footwear starting this week when he tees it up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.