Rory McIlroy may have a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag this week at The Barclays, but he’s not making any major equipment moves yet.
Following Nike’s announcement that the athletic giant is getting out of the equipment game, McIlroy confirmed Wednesday that he’s switched out his Nike Method Origin putter for a Scotty Cameron M1 prototype. But the fifth-ranked golfer isn’t citing the company’s exit as the reason for the switch.
“I’ve made a change in putter, but I think that was inevitable after my performance at Baltusrol,” the 27-year-old told the media from Bethpage State Park.
McIlroy said he hasn’t made any plans to switch equipment companies just yet.
“No reason to start changing just because I can,” he said. “I’m not going to commit to anything. I wouldn’t be surprised to see me not go with a manufacturer for a year or two, just sort of play with what I want to play, play with what I’m comfortable with, and go from there.”
The Northern Irishman has had a lackluster season in 2016 and may be hoping the old Scotty Cameron can inject some life into his game for the playoffs. McIlroy has not yet won in 2016 and missed the cut at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. His best major performance this year was a tie for fifth at the British Open.
The switch indicates McIlroy is searching for imporvement on the greens. He’s averaged 0.023 strokes gained putting this season — 96th on Tour — and is 156th in total putting. In 2014, when he won two majors and had 12 Top 10s, he was 11th in total putting.