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McIlroy says goodbye to Jumeirah ahead of Nike switch

The announcement paves the way for McIlroy’s big money move to Nike, which is expected to be announced early next week.

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WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy has parted ways with long-term sponsor Jumeirah Group, paving the way for the announcement of his new multi-million euro deal with sportswear giant Nike.

In a statement this morning, the luxury hotel company confirmed that they have “jointly agreed” to end the partnership which dates back to 2007 when McIlroy first turned professional.

The two-time Major winner is expected to join Tiger Woods as the headline act in Nike’s stable of golf stars in a deal thought to be worth more than $200 million over the next ten years. Nike have confirmed a “major announcement” in Abu Dhabi next Monday, 14 January, ahead of the tee-off of the HSBC Golf Champions tournament.

“I would like to thank everyone at the company for their support in helping me become the player I am today,” McIlroy said.

“I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with Jumeirah and will always have great memories of my time with the company.”

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