McIlroy returns to Tour with $100m TaylorMade deal
(Ponte Vedre, FL:) Rory McIlroy has returned to competition in his first event as a married man revealing he has signed a reputed deal worth $US100m with golf equipment giant, TaylorMade.
McIlroy, sporting a gleaming gold ring on his finger, has not competed since sharing seventh place behind Sergio Garcia at the Masters.
Rory McIlroy (Credit: PGA Tour)
However, McIlroy left Augusta disappointed with his finish and is hoping to correct after signing a 10-year, 14-club deal that also includes specifically using a TaylorMade ball and bag.
This deal comes after McIlroy re-signed what was believed to be a $US200m new deal with Nike clothing just prior to the Masters.
McIlroy’s long-time manager, Sean O’Flaherty said the TaylorMade deal was “mongo” and it is bigger than any other TaylorMade deal including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and also Aussie Jason Day, who is defending champion at this week’s Players Championship at Ponte Vedre in Florida.
“I left Augusta very unhappy having tried many combinations this year that just were not working”, said McIlroy.
“I got back from our honeymoon on Thursday and I have been testing the new clubs since then at the Bears Club.”
“I am using the M2 driver I used at the Masters and the same fairway woods while they very kindly made me a prototype set of blades that I’ve put in the bag which are beautiful.”
“So, it seems like with everything that has gone on the last few weeks with getting married and teaming with TaylorMade, it seems like everything is very settled.”
“There is not that many question marks going on in my life now and I feel everything’s exactly where it is meant to be, and if you feel like that off the golf course, then I can only imagine that it will help going forward.”
And while life is very rosy for McIlroy, he also said that all is well between Garcia and Padraig Harrington as McIlroy revealed an image on his mobile he had taken at his own wedding of Garcia tucking his head into Harrington’s neck providing further evidence, if you needed it, the duo has made up.
“Now this is not for anyone to take a photo but this should answer any issues that Padraig and Sergio may have,” said McIlroy smiling.
“I said to Sergio can I tweet that and he said maybe not, so that is how close they got.”
“I had seen them chatting and I jokingly said to Padraig he is a sore loser and they both started to laugh, so it is all good between them.”
“Things get blown out of proportion some time but then they have played so many Ryder Cup’s together and while they have had their battles over the years they just seemed to get on so well at the wedding.”
The PGA Tour was also celebrating with the announcement that FedEx have agreed to extend their involvement in the FedExCup Series a further 10 years.
And McIlroy, as the reigning FedExCup champion, was presented with his own bobble head with the FedExCup trophy.