Rory McIlroy has made an equipment change for the Masters, going with new fairway woods for the year's first major.
According to Ewan Murray of The Guardian, McIlroy is switching from Callaway Golf's Great Big Bertha Epic 3- and 5-wood to the TaylorMade 2017 M2 fairway woods. Murray did not detail the reason why McIlroy has made the switch, though it could have something to do with the conditions at Augusta National that include expected high winds during the first two rounds of the tournament.
McIlroy spent the end of 2016 experimenting with TaylorMade Golf equipment, namely the 2016 M2 driver and fairway woods. Ultimately, McIlroy chose to go with Callaway Golf's driver, fairway wood and irons (excluding wedges) to start 2017, but he made it clear in making that choice that it could be subject to change. That apparently is the case as he prepares for his third attempt at completing the career Grand Slam with a first Masters title.
Murray reports McIlroy will continue with the GBB Epic driver and the Callaway irons in the bag.
While McIlroy is making a change in equipment this week, the four-time major winner has signed a 10-year extension with Nike to remain in their apparel.