Rory McIlroy, the latest ‘Curse of Nike’?

Golf sensation Roy McIlroy is the latest in a line of top sports stars seemingly effected by the ‘Curse of Nike’.  The 23-year-old Holywood, Co Down, swinger said he was in a bad place mentally after walking off the course midway through the second round of the Honda Classic.  He later blamed a toothache.  In January, McIlroy signed a money-spinning $300 million deal with the sports brand giant.  Since then, all has not gone according to plan. Rory has had a number of bad results — culminating in Friday’s bizarre withdrawal.

However, the Irishman’s Dubai walkout pales into insignificance when you consider the trouble some of Nike’s other high-profile stars have run into.

Oscar Pristorius

Lance Armstrong

Tiger Woods

Kobe Bryant

Michael Vick

Marion Jones



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