Rory McIl­roy

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Na­tion­al­ity: North­ern Ir­ish

The face of golf: McIl­roy is the most pop­u­lar and recog­nis­able player in the world. His fame brings with it con­sid­er­able power to in­flu­ence in many ways, some ob­vi­ous, oth­ers less so. His en­dorse­ment shifts any­thing from cloth­ing and watches to com­puter games, and his play­ing sched­ule can help make or break tour­na­ments. Now that he is free of his Nike equip­ment con­tract, McIl­roy’s choice of clubs will be heav­ily scru­ti­nised.

A role model: For the most part, McIl­roy has been a great am­bas­sador for golf, sup­port­ing good causes and show­ing the game in a pos­i­tive, fresh light. But he shows signs of tir­ing of the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Olympic-sized miss: His de­ci­sion to skip the Olympics was a mis­take. Power goes both ways and when you’re the face of the game around the world, grow­ing golf goes with the job.

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