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A smooth transition to Nike equipment.
As this picture clearly shows, Rory McIlroy is a beast.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland began 2012 ranked third in the world, and four wins, $8 million and one PGA Championship later, he's the unequivocal "numero uno" of his sport.
As one can probably expect, Rory got all the hardware this year: PGA and European Tour Player of the Year, the No. 1 spot on both Tours' money lists, the Race to Dubai title and various media-related awards.
In fact, all Rory didn't win was the FedEx Cup, but that's not what he should want for Christmas this year.
See, McIlroy is also in the process of an endorsement deal with Nike, rumored to be worth upwards of $200 million over the next decade.
Assuming that he does indeed make the switch to the previously Tiger-dominated brand, McIlroy will be making quite a few changes on the equipment side of things.
We've already covered this deal in detail here, but the most important change he'll probably make will be with the putter. Rory has shown an affinity for his Titleist Scotty Cameron model, and Nike's closest match is the Nike Method 002.
McIlroy, who has traditionally made the Pro V1X his ball of choice, will also probably have to switch to a Nike ball. It's possible that he'll elect to use Nike's new 20XI model, which has a resin core, compared to the Pro V1X's rubber core.
Anytime a professional switches the tools of his trade, he's hoping for a smooth transition, and Rory's likely thinking the same thing.