Rory McIlroy has signed a new ten-year deal with Nike, which is reportedly worth Â£80m.
The four-time major champion became a Nike athlete in 2013 and, since then, has added 12 tournament victories including his Open and PGA Championship titles in 2014.
McIlroy's last deal with the company was worth a good deal more â€“ said to be Â£150m â€“ but after Nike pulled out of the golf equipment industry in August, the terms have been renegotiated
â€œIâ€™ve loved this company since I was a kid,â€ says McIlroy. â€œIâ€™m really happy to continue this journey with Nike.
â€œWhen I go back and think about my heroes in different sports â€“ whether it be Sampras, Agassi, Tiger, Ronaldo, Rooney â€“ some of the guys I looked up to, they all seemed to be associated with Nike.
â€œI really feel like part of the family and I donâ€™t want that to go away.â€
The new agreement comes at the start of a week which could see the 27-year-old become only the sixth player in history â€“ and the first European â€“ to achieve the career grand slam.
And, in an interview with ESPN, McIlroy said that until he puts on that Green Jacket, his career wonâ€™t be fulfilled.
â€œI'd love to give you an answer and say my life is already fulfilled, with everything that's happened, and everything that's going to happen in the future, by starting a family and all that,â€ said McIlroy.
â€œBut if I didn't have a Green Jacket, there'd be a tiny piece that would just be missing. It really would be. And yeah, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be fulfilled if I didn't get it.â€
Originally published on bunkered on Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:00:00 +0000.