Rory McIlroy is back on the top as the number one player in the world after clinching his eighth PGA Tour career victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
His tour title brings to four the number of wins by Nike athletes on the PGA Tour this year – including a major championship.
Just one week before the final major championship of the season and fresh off of his Open Championship victory, McIlroy put on a thunderous display with his Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RZN Black ball, averaging 335 yards off the tee – 35 more yards than the field’s average and ranking first in the field.
“What I’m really proud of this week is following up The Open with a performance like this,” said McIlroy. “I said straight after, I didn’t want any let down and to keep going, keep performing well until the end of the season. I’m pretty satisfied.”
Equally as impressive was his precise iron play. Ranking third in the field with his Nike VR Pro blades, he averaged 79% in greens in regulation – 20% better than his competition. In putting, McIlroy finished in the top five in strokes gained with his Nike Method 006 putter.
On the body, McIlroy sported apparel from Nike Golf’s Performance Collection and the Nike Lunar Control shoe.
WHAT’S IN RORY’S BAG
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (Kuro Kage XTS 70X)
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood/15-degree and Nike VRS Covert 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
Wedges: VR Forged 46-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black
The latest win caps a great season for Nike, so far.
Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories
· Russell Henley – Honda Classic
· Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic
· Rory McIlroy – The Open Championship
· Rory McIlroy – WGC – Bridgestone Invitational
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