Open joy for Rory McIlroy and Nike Golf

Rory McIlroy claimed his first Open title and third major championship in thrilling fashion at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with 14 Nike clubs and RZN black ball in the bag

Rory McIlroy Nike Golf
Rory McIlroy claimed the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool with 14 Nike clubs in his bag

Rory McIlroy claimed his first Open title and third major championship in thrilling fashion at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with 14 Nike clubs and RZN black ball in the bag

Rory McIlroy claimed his first Open title and third major championship in thrilling fashion at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

McIlroy became the seventh player to win the Open Championship wire-to-wire and the third player in the history of golf to win three majors by the age of 25, joining Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

The Ulsterman captured the Open Championship title with 14 Nike clubs and the RZN Black ball in the bag.

"The Open is the one that we all want and the one that we all strive for, and to be able to hold the Claret Jug is an incredible feeling," said McIlroy.

McIlroy used the RZN black ball and the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver - the best driver/ball combination he says he's ever had - to average 328 yards off the tee. To contextualise, the field averaged 287 yards.

He also averaged 1.53 putts per hole with the Nike Method 006 putter.

Another club that proved extremely useful on a firm, narrow golf course was the Nike MMPROTO 2-iron, which McIlroy put into play at the Scottish Open last week.

McIlroy - who wore the Nike Lunar Control shoe and apparel from Nike Golf's Performance Collection - is the second Nike athlete to win a major this year, following Michelle Wie's triumph in the U.S. Women's Open last month.

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Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x