What Rory McIlroy Will Look Like In New Balance Gear
**Update** New Balance have released their first TV commercial starring Rory McIlroy in his 2016 Team Ireland Olympic kit (Click here).

Chunky David in a flannel shirt and pair of New Balance sneakers has just slain Goliath!! New Balance, the sneaker brand popularised by nerds and OAP's, will get to clothe Rory McIlroy head to toe at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nike pay $20million a year to sponsor McIlroy, yet New Balance will steal their thunder on the biggest sporting stage in the world for a measly €1.2 million paid to sponsor the ENTIRE Irish team.  That's less than Nike pay McIlroy every month.

Olympic Council of Ireland chief Pat Hickey originally offered Nike the contract to sponsor the Ireland team but was laughed out the door.  But that was before Rory declared for Ireland!

"Just in case he declared for us, we went to Nike and told them we might have Rory. But they just dismissed us out of hand and now they regret it, I believe," Hickey said yesterday. "I’m told the Nike guys nearly collapsed when they heard what happened and that they’d missed a golden opportunity. I can’t say what the deal would have cost Nike to get in ahead of New Balance. But it would have been peanuts compared to what they are paying Rory."

Who's laughing now!!

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