Acushnet, McIlroy will part ways at end of the year

Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

Rory McIlroy and Acushnet - the company that manufactures the Titleist and FootJoy brands - have announced in a press release that their relationship will end Dec. 31.

McIlroy had been with Acushnet since September 2007.

"Our goal has been to provide Rory with the best equipment and service that would help him be the best player he could possibly be," said Wally Uihlein, Acushnet's chief executive officer. "He has been a great ambassador for the Titleist and FootJoy brands, and in turn, we are proud of how our equipment has contributed to his success. We wish Rory all the best, both personally and professionally, going forward."

McIlroy - who won his second major at the PGA Championship in 2012 - also was complimentary of his time with Acushnet.

"I would like to thank Wally Uihlein and all of the tour staff and employees at Titleist and FootJoy for everything they have done for me since I turned professional in 2007,” said McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. "I have enjoyed five very exciting and successful years with the company, and I will always appreciate the contribution Titleist has made in helping me become the player I am today.”

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