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New Nike video goes behind the scenes with McIlroy

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As he gets set to make his first start of the year in the U.S., world No. 1 Rory McIlroy appeared in a new ad released this week from equipment manufacturer Nike that goes behind the scenes with the Ulsterman.

Entitled 'Team Nike: Meet Rory McIlroy,' the ad showcases McIlroy on-site at prior commercial shoots, getting ready for filming or photo opportunities. The reigning PGA champion speaks throughout the 45-second commercial, noting that his recent addition to Nike is 'very exciting' and explaining that fellow Swoosh-er Tiger Woods was 'a huge hero' of his growing up.

After missing the cut in his only other start this year in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy enters this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as the top overall seed and will play Irishman Shane Lowry in his first-round match on Wednesday. See full video of the commercial below: