The worst-kept secret in sports since the Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine is that Nike has signed Rory McIlroy to a long-term endorsement deal, but no one at Nike or in McIlroy's camp will confirm it. Robert Lusitech of FoxSports.com reports that McIlroy has not only joined Nike, but also that he has already filmed a Nike commercial with Tiger Woods.
In a deal reportedly worth at least $200 million, Nike has made the world's No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy its biggest star.
Although no one involved would officially confirm the signing, FOXSports.com has learned that McIlroy has already filmed his first Nike television commercial, to debut next year.
The personable young Northern Irishman appears in the ad alongside the man who helped recruit him to Nike, Tiger Woods.
The two banter while hitting the company’s new red driver and marvel at how far they’re hitting the ball.
Earlier this week, McIlroy and Acushnet, Titleist's parent company, announced they would end their relationship at the end of the year.
Related: Nike tweets red driver | McIlroy career photos | Woods career photos | Nike homepage (Photo: McIlroy and Woods at their exhibition match at Lake Jinsha Golf Club in Zhengzhou, China, on Monday/AP)