Rory McIlroy is the second-ranked golfer on the PGA Tour, but he didn’t take a back seat to anyone this weekend, finishing first at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at the K Club in Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland.
The Nike-sponsored golfer ended the tournament by shooting -12, besting second-place finishers Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge by three strokes (-9). McIlroy was head to toe in Nike gear, including the Lunar Control 4 shoes, which the brand designed with the golfer’s game in mind and released in stores in November.
The Lunar Control 4, according to Nike, was inspired by his 120 mph-plus golf swing and built to give users a strong base. The shoe incorporates some of the brand’s most celebrated technologies as well as its latest footwear advances, including Flywire technology for midfoot lateral support, a new external heel counter to keep the foot in place, a re-engineered lightweight microfiber upper, and the same outsole and Lunarlon midsole from the Nike Lunar Control 3.
The Rory Foundation — a nonprofit charitable trust that supports children’s charities worldwide — was the host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and according to Nike, McIlroy donated the winnings to the charity.