Titleist Ambassador Rory McIlroy is one of an elite field of players teeing it up at Finca Cortesin Golf Club for the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship. The event is back on Spain's Costa del Sol after a short hiatus and Rory is just one of the players who will be looking to wrestle the title away from Titleist Ambassador Ross Fisher, who won the first playing of the event at Finca Cortesin back in October of 2009.
22-year old Rory is now established as one of the game's top performers and currently occupies sixth spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. The sweet swinging Ulsterman is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in world and he will undoubtedly prove a formidable match play opponent for anyone in the field at Finca Cortesin. Despite his tender years Rory is no rookie when it comes to match play having represented Great Britain and Ireland at the 2007 Walker Cup during his time as an amateur and, more recently, played a vital role in Team Europe's victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
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Rory hasn't been seen on European soil since the Maybank Malaysian Open back in mid-April due to defending his Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on the PGA Tour and taking some well earned rest. A trip to the US can often result in a player arriving back with some new equipment and Rory was no exception. Titleist Tour Representative Mattias Jelver caught up with Rory at Finca Cortesin to find an interesting looking Scotty Cameron headcover in the bag alongside his regular 'gamer'. The headcover was created by Scotty to commemorate Cinco de Mayo (translates literally to 'Fifth of May'), a day which annually celebrates Mexican pride and heritage. The headcover, which draws on the Mexican passion for Lucha Libre wrestling, is undoubtedly another creative masterpiece from the Scotty Cameron studio, but was quickly usurped by what lay beneath. A quick rip of the velcro revealed a stunning new Scotty Cameron putter which Rory has recently added to his arsenal; namely a tour issue Studio Select Newport featuring a deep-milled face and dull chromatic bronze finish. It remains to be seen whether the putter will go in the bag for the World Match Play this week but don't be surprised to see Rory hit the links with it in the near future.
Check out Rory's new putter in the accompanying slide show.