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Nike Golf Is Now Rory McIlroy's

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

The world’s number one golfer joins Tiger Woods in the latest ad.

Sports icons always fade into the background at some point, no matter how dominant they are in their primes. Tiger Woods hasn't been at his best in a while. His drought at major tournaments speaks to that, as does his current world ranking of 111. But despite this, Tiger is still a giant in a sport that seems to be getting the best of him.

With the Masters starting this Thursday, Nike ran a new ad that serves as a sort of "passing of the torch" from Woods to his heir apparent: current World Number One Rory McIlroy. The ad chronicles McIlroy's childhood as he grew up watching and emulating his idol from across the pond. The spot ends with Woods and McIlroy sharing a tee box, and after McIlroy hits his drive, Woods says "Nice shot."

The spot is totally earned for McIlroy, who is probably the best player in the game right now. He's won the last two major tournaments and is looking for his first Green Jacket fifth major victory overall.

In typical Nike fashion, this is super inspiring. It makes me want to enter a state of arrested development at age 26 to start modeling my golf game after McIlroy. I think I still have time. And in about 20 years, I'll be teeing off with Rory when we both have our Senior PGA Tour. Thanks, Nike, for the advice to Just Do It in this situation.

Nike Golf Is Now Rory McIlroy's

With the Masters beginning this week and Tiger announcing that he will compete, everyone wants to know if Tiger can find his game again. He's looked incredibly out of sorts due to injuries and swing changes. Last year, Woods' best finish at a major was 69th at The Open Championship. He didn't play in either the Masters or the U.S. Open, and he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

But strange things happen at Augusta. Woods' worst finish when he participates in the tournament since 1997 is tied for 40th in 2012, but he followed that up with a fourth place finish in 2013. With 13 top-10 finishes and four wins, Woods' familiarity with Augusta could help counterbalance whatever inefficiencies are currently present in his game. In my opinion, he's very much a long shot, especially with so many golfers like McIlroy playing great right now. That's my dream, and now I'm going to follow it.

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