Rory McIlroy didn’t find out that Nike was going to stop making golf equipment until two hours before the company made the announcement the first week of August.Now he has three years’ worth of Nike golf balls at his ready.McIlroy and Tiger Woods are the two biggest stars in Nike’s golf stable and both said they will keep wearing the Swoosh as Nike will continue in the golf business with its apparel and shoes lines. But McIlroy said Wednesday ahead of his pro-am in The Barclays at Bethpage Black that he’s still trying to figure out what to do in the future.“I’m very happy with pretty much everything,” said McIlroy, who has put his Nike putter away for a different brand putter. “At least I’ve got a golf ball that I like and that I know that I can play well with. … It was a shock to all of us. I’m hitting the ball well. That’s not the issue. My issue over the past few months has been I just haven’t been able to get the ball in the hole (with the putter).“ … We’ll see where we go from here. 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.”
To help prove its case against Lance Armstrong, the federal government is seeking information from Nike that shows the company wouldn’t have sponsored him if it knew he was using performance-enhancing drugs.It’s a big issue in the government’s civil fraud lawsuit against the former cyclist – the theory that Armstrong concealed his doping for years in order to keep getting rich off of sponsorships.But another issue involving Nike looms just as large in Armstrong’s defense: Didn’t those sponsors get their money’s worth while sponsoring him at the height of his success?Armstrong says they did.And that’s why Nike suddenly finds itself caught in the middle of this $100 million case, dragged into it against its will as a star witness for both sides.“Armstrong’s assurances to Nike that he was `clean’ … would tend to corroborate the government’s theory that Armstrong also concealed his doping from (the U.S. Postal Service) and knew that his sponsors would terminate their relationships if they knew he was not riding `clean,’ ” government attorneys stated in court documents filed this week.