Andrew Noyce
By Andrew Noyce

For Rory McIlroy golf often looks like child's play.

At this week's Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation, regardless of the results on the course there will be an element of the Northern Irishman's game touched by some special kids from the Cancer Fund for Children.

Nike and the Rory Foundation have teamed up with the Cancer Fund for Children in Northern Ireland in an attempt to raise awareness and funds by the creation of four unique designs for the Lunar Control 3 golf shoes Rory will wear during the tournament.

Rory McIlroy Nike Irish Open Shoes

Each design has come from a child whose life has been impacted by cancer and were created during a weekend at the organisation's log cabin in Newcastle, near the links of Royal County Down.

Rory got right behind the initiative and can't wait to use the shoes in competition:

I'm delighted that the young people associated with the Cancer Fund for Children got to design my shoes. The shoes are really unique with some crazy designs. The Irish Open is going to be a very special event for golf and my Foundation and I am excited to compete in them this week.

The shoes were designed using Nike's custom NikeiD process that allows golfers to add their individual twist to a number of the golf shoes in the Nike range.

The unique NikeiD Lunar Control 3 designs can be purchased on and a portion of each sale will go to The Rory Foundation.

Round 1 - Designed by Sara Lockhart

Sara researched Rory's favourite shades of green and combined them with her own favourite colours to create the shoe.

Rory McIlroy Nike Irish Open Shoes Round1

Round 2 - Designed by Ryan Keenan

Ryan was inspired by the national colours of Ireland when designing his shoe for Rory to wear in The Irish Open.

Rory McIlroy Nike Irish Open Shoes Round2

Round 3 - Designed by Chloe Hyndman

Chloe focused on a combination of what she would like to wear and what she thought would work well for Rory. Rory McIlroy Nike Irish Open Shoes Round3

Round 4 - Alex Kernaghan

Alex's multi-coloured design includes his dad's favourite colour blue as well as yellow to represent the charity. He's added a message of 'Be You' on the shoes as a reminder that everybody should just be themselves.

Rory McIlroy Nike Irish Open Shoes Round4

The children were presented with their very own pair of Lunar Control 3 shoes complete with their designs, gifts from Nike and The Rory Foundation.

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Nike Lunar Control 3 Golf Shoe - Product Details

UK Launch01 January 2015
UK Launch RRP£130
Shoe StyleShoe
Colour OptionsWhite/Red, White/Grey, White/Blue, White/Green, Black/Grey
Manufacturer's WebsiteNike Website

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