Golf News for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | Equipment

Nike Golf congratulates Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel on wins

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike athletes Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel powered their way to victories at the Australian Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship, respectively, for a Swoosh-dominated weekend.

McIlroy, who began the final round four shots back at the Australian Open, birdied the final hole to win his first title in 2013. Highlighting his full bag of 14 Nike clubs was the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver along with his new Nike RZN Black ball - a combination that he recently described as, "The best driver and ball combination I've ever had in my career."

With the combination of Nike's Fly-Brace technology in the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver, and Speedlock technology in the Nike RZN Black ball, McIlory has seen an increase in his ball speed. This is the result of the forgiving distance of his driver, and greater stability in the wind with the ball - giving him the confidence to launch it into another gear off the tee. In addition to McIlroy's arsenal of Nike Golf clubs, he wore apparel from Nike's Golf's Performance line and the Nike Lunar Control shoe.

On the European Tour, Nike athletes blanketed the top of the Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard with Charl Schwartzel in first place, followed by Richard Finch (2), Simon Dyson (T3) and Ross Fisher (T3).

Winning his third Alfred Dunhill Championship title, Schwartzel also relied on his Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver that assisted him in averaging 307-yard drives and ranking fourth in driving distance. It was Schwartzel's ninth European Tour victory - moving him up to the number one ranking in the Race to Dubai, and into the top 20 Official World Golf Rankings.

Nike athletes Finch and Dyson also used the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 drivers and the new Nike RZN Platinum and RZN Black golf balls, respectively. Fisher's newest addition to his Nike arsenal is the Nike RZN Black ball.

McIlRoy's Nike Golf Arsenal
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5 degree
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert Tour 3-wood/15 degree and Nike VR Pro 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9)
Wedges: Nike VR Pro 46-degree, 54-degree and 60-degree
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

Schwartzel's Nike Golf Arsenal
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5 degree
Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro LTD 3-wood/15 degree and Nike VR Pro LTD 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-9)
Wedges: Nike VR Forged 47, 54 and 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Nike One Tour D

Nike Golf's 2014 International Victories
Charl Schwartzel - Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)

Nike Golf's 2013 PGA Tour Victories
Tiger Woods - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods - The Players Championship
Tiger Woods - WGC Cadillac Championship
Tiger Woods - Arnold Palmer Invitational
Scott Brown - Puerto Rico Open
Tiger Woods - Farmers Insurance Open
Russell Henley - Sony Open

Nike Golf's 2013 International Victories
Rory McIlroy - Australian Open (Australasia Tour)
Charl Schwartzel - Nanshan China Masers (One Asia Tour)
Tommy Fleetwood - Johnnie Walker Championship (European Tour)
Paul Casey - The Irish Open (European Tour)
Scott Jamieson - The Nelson Mandela Championship (European Tour)
Charl Schwartzel - Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)

Nike Golf's LPGA Victories
Suzann Pettersen - Sunrise Taiwan Championship
Suzann Pettersen - Evian Championship
Suzann Pettersen - Safeway Classic
Suzann Pettersen - LPGA LOTTE Championship

Nike Golf's 2013 Ladies International Victories
Suzann Pettersen - Mission Hills World Ladies' Golf Championsip

Nike Golf's 2013 Web.com Victories
Seung-Yul Noh - Nationwide Children's Hosptial Championship
Kevin Tway - Boise Open
Jamie Lovemark - Midwest Classic

Nike Golf's 2013 European Challenge Tour Victories
Dylan Frittelli - Karnten Open

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Beth Gast - Nike Golf
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Kristen McKenna - Nike Golf
503.532.6581
kristen.mckenna@nike.com