Wayne Rooney Fondly Recalls Nike Commercial

Popular 2013 spot cemented Manchester United star's friendship with Rory McIlroy

This month, Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer. His 250th goal pushed him past a mark long held by Sir Bobby Charlton.

Like many athletes, Rooney is also an avid golfer. In a fun interview with Today’s Golfer, a monthly magazine put out in the U.K. by Bauer Media Group, he reveals that his handicap is around 16, that he’s never taken lessons and that his new home will feature a mess of golf features. Rooney also talks about the memorable 2013 Nike commercial he shot with Rory McIlroy:

“After we’d finished [shooting], we had a game. It was incredible to watch Rory play. He’s a big United fan and has since become a close friend, supporting my Foundation, which has been really good.”

For TV commercial aficionados, the Nike golf spoof was notable for another reason. As PGA reminded at the time, the music in the background really sealed the TV commercial deal:

What makes the commercial even better is the tune playing in the background. It’s Bing Crosby’s, “Straight Down the Middle,” which was made for a 1948 short film called, “Honor Caddy” with Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. It’s believed to be the first ever song written about golf (and might be our new favorite).

Rooney, who has played the Blue Monster course at Doral, says he would love one day to hit the links at Augusta.

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