Order by phone 1-800-603-0004 Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm PDT
Sale Now On!
Strange lashes out at McIlroy critics
Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange has ridden to the rescue in of beleaguered Nike Golf stablemate Rory McIlroy, in a staunch defence of the player's switch from Titleist to Nike.

McIlroy signed a multimillion dollar deal with the sports giant in January that led to a slump in form, that met with a great deal of criticism from Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller amongst others.

Miller predicted that McIlroy's move would see him suffer at the majors in 2013, while Faldo agreed, stating the change in clubs was "a dangerous move."

Strange, however, believes the Ulsterman's lack of form is nothing to do with the swoosh on his sticks.

"I don't think clubs have anything to do with it at all," the American said.

"I switched three or four times in my career and it took me a day to get used to them, it's all overblown. I think all the top clubs are virtually identical."

"Faldo and Miller have been somewhat critical of it - they are so out of line, so out of touch with club manufacturers now," said the 58-year-old Strange.

"All the clubs these days are top line, top shelf, perfectly fitted for each player. Faldo and Miller caused a stir when there was no reason to."

Instead, Strange cited McIlroy's swing issues as the real reason for his dismal performances thus far.

"His troubles of late have been more with the swing than anything else," said the 2002 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

"I don't think it's time to panic or worry too much about him. He's not playing well right now but he can be explosive overnight and he's proved that," added Strange.

Back to news list