Rory McIlroy 'excited' to become a US resident next year and one of Sergio Garcia's groomsmen next month
Rory McIlroy has a lot of reasons to be happy.
The world number two has just signed a 10-year equipment deal with TaylorMade worth a cool $100m.
The recently-married 28-year-old began the year at the BMW SA Open with Callaway woods and irons, Titleist wedges and balls and a Scotty Cameron putter but continued testing as he struggled in particular with his golf ball.
The world number two has now decided to use TaylorMade for all his equipment, including his ball, and is hopeful he can displace Dustin Johnson and again officially become the world’s leading player.
“I’m really excited that I’ve teamed up with TaylorMade,” he said ahead of the Players Championship.
“I needed to address a few issues after Augusta. I alluded to the fact I wasn’t happy with the golf ball I was playing and I needed to do something and I feel like I struggled in the wind."
McIlroy is also excited to become a US resident from January 1 next year after recently tying the knot with American Erica Stoll.
"I am not a resident in the States and I can only spend 120 days here," he said.
"I have been a bit of a nomad the last couple of years so from January 1 next year I am going to be a legal resident of the United States and legally have a home, so I am excited for that.
"It will mean being centred and going back to a residence knowing it is yours."
McIlroy, who is preparing for this week's Players' Championship at Sawgrass, also revealed that he will act as a groomsman for Sergio Garcia when he marries Angela Akins in Texas later next month.
"I am looking forward to being a groomsman even though it is going to be pretty hot in Austin, so it should be nice," he added.
"Erica and I are looking forward to being in attendance and I feel very honoured Sergio asked me."