It’s too early to panic, or even be concerned, but if you’re Nike Golf, you can’t like the fact that your new $250 million man has already scrapped one of your clubs – at least for now. Rory McIlroy who earlier this week signed a multi-year contract with Nike Golf – reportedly worth as much as $250 million over 10 years – switched from a Nike 006 putter to his old Titleist Scotty Cameron putter after the first round of the of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.
It didn’t seem to help much. The world’s No. 1 player carded his second consecutive 75 and missed the cut.
Asked about the putter switch, McIlroy said told the Golf Channel: “I just felt like I wasn’t getting the ball to the hole. The greens here are a little slow and the Nike putter I used yesterday is quite light, so for practicing on fast greens it’s great, but when you get on greens that aren’t quite as quick like here, I felt like I was having to hit it a bit more. So, it’s just a weight issue. The one I used today is a bit heavier, so I thought I could stroke it a bit more, so that was it.”