McIlroy receives pre-Masters boost with fresh long-term Nike deal

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Rory McIlroy has agreed a new long-term endorsement deal with sportswear manufacturing giant Nike.

The four-time major champion first signed with the company in 2013 and the partnership looks set to continue for a long time yet after McIlroy declared he was "looking forward to the next 10+ years" as a Nike athlete.

"I've loved this company since I was a kid," McIlroy said in a release on Nike's official website.

"I'm really happy to continue this journey with Nike."

The deal will come as a welcome boost to the Northern Irishman, who is preparing to take on the challenge of Augusta at the Masters, which begins on Thursday.

McIlroy is a green jacket away from completing a career Grand Slam as he continues his wait to banish the demons of his 2011 meltdown at the famous course, when he blew a four-shot lead in the final round.