Nike Golf Athlete Rory McIlroy Wins the Claret Jug

McIlroy captures the Open Championship with 14 Nike clubs and RZN Black ball in the bag

BEAVERTON, OR July 20, 2014 – Nike athlete Rory McIlroy delivered a spectacular performance at The Open Championship to claim the Claret Jug and become the seventh player in history to win the famous trophy in wire-to-wire fashion.  McIlroy is an impressive three-quarters of the way to winning the career Grand Slam at the age of 25 – the third youngest player ever to achieve that record.

Rory McIlroy wins The Open Championship

Rory McIlroy delivered a spectacular performance at The Open Championship to claim the Claret Jug and become the seventh player in history to win the famous trophy in wire-to-wire fashion.

“The Open is the one that we all want and the one that we all strive for and to be able to hold this Claret Jug is an incredible feeling,” said McIlroy in the closing ceremony.

McIlroy dominated the third major championship of the season with massive drives and impressive putting. Using what he has said is the best driver/ball combination he’s ever had – the Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RZN Black ball, he averaged a stunning 328 yards off the tee in breezy conditions – 45 more yards than the field’s average. Among the key highlights of his performance, was his putting, averaging 1.53 putts per hole with his Nike Method 006 putter.


There were two trigger words that helped him throughout the week.


“Process and Spot,” said McIlroy.  “Focus on the process, not the results.  In putting, focus on the spot.“ He added.  “My determination and hard work has really paid off.”


The newest product in his bag is a Nike prototype MMPROTO 2-iron, which made its debut at the Scottish Open last week.  McIlroy sported apparel from Nike Golf’s Performance Collection and the Nike Lunar Control shoe.


He is the second Nike Golf athlete this year to win a major.  Fellow Nike athlete Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open last month.





McIlroy’s Nike Golf Arsenal


Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (Kuro Kage XTS 70X)

Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 3-wood/15-degree

Irons: Nike MMPROTO (2), Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9)

Wedges: Nike VR Forged 47-degree, 54-degree and 59-degree

Putter: Nike Method 006

Ball: Nike RZN Black

Apparel:  Nike Golf Tour Performance Collection

Footwear:  Nike Lunar Control





Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories

  • Russell Henley – Honda Classic
  • Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic
  • Rory McIlroy – The Open Championship

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories

  • Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)
  • Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)
  • Rory McIlroy – BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)
  • Xin-Jun Zhang– Beijing Open (PGA Tour China)


Nike Golf’s 2014 LPGA Tour Victories

  • Michelle Wie – LPGA LOTTE Championship
  • Michelle Wie – U.S. Women’s Open


Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories

  • Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters



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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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