Sep 6th, 2016
Rory McIlroy's What's In the Bag
A Nike swansong
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
The real Rory McIlroy stood up last night to be counted, shooting a final round 65 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, and jump to fourth in the FedExCup. Significantly it was his first win since Nike announced they were pulling out of golf equipment, and he still used a Nike bag for the most part.
The big difference in his golf, though, was his putting having hired a new putting coach and switched to a Scotty Cameron putter last week. He looked a new man, having swapped to the M1 prototype, and teamed up with putting coach Phil Kenyon.
This was the Rory McIlroy that Nike signed to be the face of the company. For us the thing to remember with Rory is he's not Tiger Woods. He's not always in contention however badly he is playing, he can't grit it around when he's not at his best.
He's a much streakier golfer than Tiger ever was, but when he is on, he's the best on the planet. If he could play like this every week, we don't think Nike would have pulled out of golf equipment. Also, for someone who has openly said he doesn't like playing in the wind, he was pretty good at it this week. We can see him pushing on and winning again now in these last FedEx events.
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (9.5 degrees, neutral setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70X
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 7.0
Wedges: Nike Engage (47, 52, 56 and 59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5
Putter: Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum