New Nike ball in play for McIlroy, Pettersen

Rory McIlroy plays a new Nike ball during a 2013 exhibition against Tiger Woods in China.

Rory McIlroy plays a new Nike ball during a 2013 exhibition against Tiger Woods in China.

As Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods engaged in a head-to-head exhibition match at the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort in Haikou, China, the big news for gearheads was that McIlroy was playing with a new Nike driver and new Nike ball.

Information on both these 2014 products will not be released by Nike until late November.

Nike refers to the driver as Covert 2.0 and the ball as the new RZN. There are at least two versions of the new RZN, because Woods was reported to be playing a different RZN model than the one used by McIlroy. Oh, by the way, McIlroy shot 6-under 67, while Woods shot 68.

Suzann Pettersen, the runaway winner of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, also used one of the new RZN balls.

RZN refers to the lively resin core used by Nike. RZN first appeared in Nike’s 20XI S and 20XI X balls.

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