Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods Commercial Highlights Promise of New PGA Season

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2013

ZHENGZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 29: Tiger Woods of USA (L) and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smile as they take photos before kick off during the Duel of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at Jinsha Lake Golf Club on October 29, 2012 in Zhengzhou, China.   (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
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This could truly be an unforgettable year for the PGA. The pool of talented players with a legitimate shot to notch tournament wins is deeper than ever, but more importantly than that, the sport's two dominant figures are both primed to give us a huge year.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Tiger Woods are both healthy, grooved and ready to roll.

Not surprisingly, this fact has not been lost on Nike. The apparel company has long had a relationship with Tiger and now they've added McIlroy to the mix.  

McIlroy shared his excitement with this tweet:

So pumped to officially be a Nike athlete!!! Can't wait to do many great things in the SWOOSH! @nikegolf

— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) January 14, 2013

Nike showed off their excitement with this epic commercial:

How great is that? It reminds me of the classic McDonald's commercial where Larry Bird and Michael Jordan embark on an epic game of H-O-R-S-E. Just like that great spot, these two superstars build chemistry through their transparent competitiveness. 

That drive to win oozes through the pores of these two, and unlike Tiger's rivalry with Phil Mickelson, there certainly appears to be a healthy amount of mutual respect. 

While this commercial is an entertaining spot that stands up on its own right, what it really does at this moment is get me jacked for the upcoming year. 

These are two of the most talented golfers the sport has ever seen. They are the two guys on the tour where it is fair to say—if they play their best—they will not be beat. 

However, we still don't know if they are both playing their best, who will win between the two. The fickle golf gods may never grant golf fans the ultimate answer to this question, but the odds of that happening this year are at an all-time high. 

It is hard to imagine the year's four majors rolling by without these two waging in at least one final-pairing Sunday battle.

It can't get any better than that for a golf fan.