Originally Posted by Golf Man
While Nike will pay more than everyone else out there, I would be suprised if McIlroy went there right now
Tiger is going to remain the stable star for Nike for some time to come - he is Nike Golf. Rory changed his management team as he felt that there were too many big names (Westwood, Schwartzel, Oousthuizen, etc). Horizon have GMAC, Fisher and a couple of Irish pros. I don't think that he will want to be the face of Nike while Tiger is there, and I don't think that Tiger will want him there either
The reason for the split with Chandler had nothing to do with McIlroy wanting to be the big fish. It had more to do with the direction McIlroy wanted his career to go, especially in relation to membership of the US Tour, with Chandler favouring his stable remaining in the Euro Tour. Many of us on this side of the pond were concerned about Rory being in Chandler's stable anyway, because of a perceived lack of discipline within it. The recent dropping by Westwood of his coach, Pete Cowen, because he, Cowen, was not available to Westwood often enough because by the time Westwood got around to booking time with him other players had already booked him up would suggest to me that there is something wrong with the way Chandler was managing his players, and confirms in my mind that Rory made an excellent decision. For me, the fact that he moved to a low profile, but highly professional, agency like Horizon rather than a big international agency like IMG suggests a lack of ego rather than evidence of a massive one.
I do agree though that I can't see him going to Nike at this stage. He's already living in the shadow of Tiger's massive contribution to the game and tournament record, and I can't imagine that it would be a good move strategically for Brand McIlroy for Rory to be going around dressed the same as Tiger, stepping further into his shadow.