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October 29 2013

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McIlroy using Nike's new Covert driver

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Rory McIlroy finished tied for second a week ago in Korea.

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Nike has yet to officially unveil its 2014 equipment line, but that hasn't stopped a number of staffers from showcasing the company's soon-to-be-released VR_S Covert 2.0 driver and 2014 RZN ball over the past few weeks, including two-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy was spotted using the new VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver and RZN prototype ball during his exhibition match against Tiger Woods in China.

McIlroy, who switched to a VR_S Covert prototype with a pear-shaped head at the British Open, recently showed up at the Asian Tour's Kolon Korea Open with a VR_S Covert Tour 2.0 driver in the bag.

Unlike last year's VR_S Covert Tour, the 2014 version has white paint in the cavity and a TOUR emblem on the sole. Nike has yet to release full details on the new driver -- five players had Covert 2.0 Tour in the bag at the CIMB Classic -- but based on the USGA's list of conforming driver heads, the company has already produced two versions of the Tour head.

Nike plans to unveil its new RZN ball next month. According to the Associated Press, the softer RZN prototype ball McIlroy was using on Monday in China prompted Woods to say "How did you do that?" after a chip.

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