Rory McIroy isn't having the best year, season, or week. Ever since his new endorsement deal with Nike was announced in a laser light show in Abu Dhabi back in January, last year's world No. 1 has struggled to make much of a "dent" in any tournament or contend.
His season struggles have continued at Merion, where he's been out-of-form off the tee, with his irons, and around the green and is currently at 13-over. The week was probably best summed up with another poor shot that he completely lost out to the right on No. 11, finding famed Cobbs Creek yet again. McIlroy, who doesn't get too agitated on the course, took out the poor shot on his new(ish) Nike sticks:
Phil Knight can't be happy with that.
Thomas Pagel of the USGA jumped in on the NBC broadcast to explain that Rory, even if he wanted to, could no longer use the club because of the alteration and the fact that it became "unfit" not during the course of play.