Nike Golf is out with a new spot featuring both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and, boy, is it a doozy. Prepare to feel all kinds of emotions as the short film, called "Ripple," depicts McIlroy (portrayed by various young actors) growing up watching his hero, Woods, only to eventually play alongside him.
The two-minute ad, released Sunday, includes reenactments of McIlroy watching Woods win his first U.S. Amateur Championship in 1994 and his first Masters title in 1997, which he won by a record 12 strokes. Parts of the ad were also filmed at McIlroy's childhood home in Northern Ireland, Nike said.
“To think that not too long ago I was that little boy watching him on TV to where I am now. It’s been a cool journey and I’m very lucky I get to compete with and against him, because he inspired me as a kid and he inspires me now. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen," McIlroy, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, said.
The men will face off this week at the Masters Tournament, but in the meantime, get out the tissues.