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Nuzzling With McIlroy, Nike Slights Tiger

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Rory McIlroy is a lot of things Tiger Woods isn’t — open, charming, engaging, young, consistently successful and, as far as anyone can tell, not into porn stars.

Besides passing Woods in the world golf rankings, McIlroy is threatening to take away Tiger’s death grip on Nike.

McIlroy and Acushnet Company, owner of Titleist and FootJoy gear, are no longer an item, meaning he is free to move to Nike, where Woods rules golf with an 8-iron for a scepter. Speculation is that a move is exactly what the star from Northern Ireland is poised to make, for as much as $20 million a year.

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