With his brand new bag of shiny Callaway woods and irons combined with Titleist wedges and a Odyessy putter the world number 2 golfer has gotten off to a great start to the new year. According to Get In The Hole he is close to the lead at the South African Open and the world number two looks deadlier than ever on the green.
Rory was without a club sponsor coming into the year as Nike had decided to stop manufacturing clubs and balls. Nike had a great run sponsors Tiger Woods for many years and who could forget that famous putt at Augusta where the Nike ball held at the rim of the cup for long enough that the camera man was able to get right up close and capture the Nike tick on the ball.
He came into the tournament as favorite and showed just why this was the case with a back 9 of four pars and then 4 birdies to make a crackling 32 for the back nine.
At the end of the game he said he was pleased with the round, “I felt like I gave myself a lot of chances on our front nine, the back nine. That four under could have been probably six or seven but it was a really good way to start.
“It was a bit scrappy in places around the last few holes but five-under-par is a good way to start this tournament.”
The young 27 year old was the youngest player in the world to hit the $10 million mark in total career earnings on the PGA tour in 2012. He then went on to represent his country and continent in tournaments like the famous Ryder Cup where the US take on the Europeans. In 2015 he was on the shortlist for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award and is considered a great personality for the game of golf which has been lacking stand out names since the fall from grace of Tiger Woods.
With an estimated income of nearly $50 million per year the world is at his feet and he can only keep getting better. We wonder what is next for Rory and how he will go with his new set of clubs.