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Golf Australia Express : February 2013
Nike announcement translated to something along the lines of: “You’re flippin’ crazy.” Why would you mess with something that’s clearly working and will likely continue to deliver major championships and untold riches, purely for a bigger pay day?, Faldo asked. And, the six-time major winner— who once switched clubs himself— said, McIlroy’s woes could worsen if he continued to mess with his winning formula. “As professional golfers, we get a millisecond of feedback from impact,” Faldo said. “And if you get that lovely feedback and the ball goes where you want it, that’s a tick in the confidence box. But if you think ‘oh, that felt different’, it starts to eat away at your confidence.” But McIlroy was typically laid back about a performance that had the golf world snickering. “It just didn’t work out like that. I hit the ball really well last week in practice in Dubai and just sort of gradually got worse this week for some reason,” he said. “I just felt like the greens that I’ve been practising on in Florida are a lot faster than these. The putter, the Nike putter, is great on that. But then getting to here, it’s just lighter so it’s just a bit of a weight issue more than anything else. “I can feel the head of this one I used today a little better. On fast greens, the other one works fine.” So, just two putters in the bag from now on then, Rory? OF COURSE, MCILROY isn’t the first golfer to switch sponsors. Phil Mickelson famously hopped over to Callaway just prior to the 2004 Ryder Cup after a voicemail message to a Callaway executive, praising his company’s gear, found its way to the folks at his then-sponsor, Titleist. Mickelson bombed at that year’s Cup, but followed up with major wins at the 2005 PGA and 2006 Masters. Way to shut up the naysayers. McDowell loves performing in front of big crowds. Why wouldn't he when they love him back? COVER the COVER the McIlroy was announced as a Nike sportsman in January, and although the sponsorship figure was not revealed, it is believed to be worth as much as $200 million.