Meet Rory McIlroy as golf star opens new Nike shop in Dubai Mall
One of the planet’s most famous sportsmen will officially a the new Nike Golf store on Monday January 27, and you can be there.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who has been been touted as the rightful heir to Tiger Woods’ throne, will attend the special event at Dubai Mall from 7pm.
Shoppers will see the former world No 1, who recently became engaged to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, take part in a far from traditional ribbon cutting ceremony before meeting the media and fans. There are also suggestions that the 24-year-old will undertake a stunt of some kind.
McIlroy is in town for the Dubai Desert Classic, which takes place at Emirates Golf Club from from Thursday January 30 – click here to win tickets. The tournament was the first won a then 19-year-old in 2009.
Speaking in a recent interview with The National, the world No 7 said: “I don’t hide the fact I’m really fond of Dubai; it’s a special place and somewhere I call my ‘home from home’. That affinity stemmed from my time here as an amateur and has stayed with me ever since. Having always felt welcome here helped form the decision I made a number of years ago to make Dubai the hub of my pre-season preparation.”
“The trophy [from 2009] was one of the first pieces of silverware I had shipped to Florida from Northern Ireland. The decision to put it on the living-room floor was to do with how beautiful the trophy is as a piece of furniture. I also like it as a reminder of my first win as a professional, and how important that was in shaping the golfer I was to become. And I don’t have a shelf in my cabinet for a trophy of those dimensions.”
Fans will be able to see McIlroy at Nike’s standalone store, which features men’s, women’s and kids’ golfwear as well as the latest clubs, equipment and spikes, from 7pm on Monday January 27. The shop will be open for business as usual afterwards.