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.