When Rory McIlroy was asked about any changes to his equipment after Nike announced it was leaving the club and ball business, the four-time major champion asserted that he was quite comfortable with what he had in the bag, with the exception of the putter.
Although McIlroy won for the first time on the PGA Tour in more than 15 months with his usual strong display of ball striking, it was the putter change that seemed to have the most impact. Mired in a slump that had him ranked 130th in strokes gained/putting coming into the Deutsche Bank, the new look seemed to agree with McIlroy at TPC Boston as he finished the week +1.319. He also made several big putts on Monday, including an 18-footer for birdie on No. 8 and a 22-footer for birdie on No. 12. An exceptional lag putt from 74 feet to inside three feet on No. 16 helped maintain his one-shot lead.
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board s+ 70x), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Nike Vapor Speed, 15 degrees
5-wood: Nike Vapor Speed, 19 degrees
Irons (4-9): Nike VR Pro Blades; (PW): Nike Engage
Wedges: Nike Engage (52, 56, 58 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist M1 prototype