Jan 16, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT
It would be great for golf to get a huge, contentious rivalry going between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but such a thing seems to be having trouble getting off the ground. For instance: that new Nike commercial that shows the two trash talking and competing with improbable golf shots? Turns out the two of them were never even on the course at the same time when that was filmed. Hollywood trickery!
The Nike spot debuts on TV today, but already has nearly 3 million views on YouTube. It brings to mind the famous Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonald’s h-o-r-s-e commercial from 1993 (“Off the scoreboard!”) — but unlike that spot, Tiger and Rory were not even on the same continent when theirs was filmed.
According to Bob Harig of ESPN, the commercial was shot in southern California in October, and McIlroy shot his scenes first before leaving for the BMW Masters in China. Woods arrived a couple of weeks later and shot his. Each played opposite an actor who read the lines of the golfer who was missing.
Idea for a much, much better commercial:
GEORGE COSTANZA: “I could barely see with the waves crashing down upon me, but I knew something was there. So I reached my hand in, felt around, and pulled out the obstruction!”
TIGER WOODS (sheepishly): “Is that a Titleist?”
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