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WATCH: Touching new Nike ad shows McIlroy's road to competing alongside his hero, Tiger

Starting tomorrow (Singapore time), one of the big talking points of the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament will be how world No.1 Rory McIlroy fares against Tiger Woods.

The Northen Irishman grew up idolising the US golf icon and, as a nine-year-old, wrote a fan letter telling former No. 1 Woods that he "was coming to get him".

With this back story in mind, Nike teamed up with director Steve Rogers of Wieden + Kennedy to produce Ripple.

Through several child actors, the moving short film depicts McIlroy's rise from a little boy from Holywood in awe of Woods' exploits in golf to the top golfer who can walk shoulder to shoulder with his childhood hero on the green.

"As a kid, I looked up to Tiger," said the 25-year-old.

"When I first saw him on TV, I remember being completely enamored by the energy he brought to the sport. His will to win. His determination. His fight.

"It's been an incredible journey for me, going from massive fan to competitor. To think that not too long ago I was that little boy watching him on TV to where I am now.

"It's been a cool journey and I'm very lucky I get to compete with and against him, because he inspired me as a kid and he inspires me now. He's the best player I've ever seen."

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