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Rory McIlroy took down Lucas Herbert 2 up to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Texas.

On the par-5 sixth, McIlroy wore the AirPod for NBC’s walk-and-talk segment where he was asked about the equipment changes he’s made since a missed cut at the Players Championship.

Not only did he put a new putter in the bag, a Scotty Cameron Newport GSS, but McIlroy put a shorter shaft in his driver. He was less than pleased with the old one at TPC Sawgrass.

It’s been paying dividends at the Match Play, especially during his showdown with Denny McCarthy where he used one of the best drives of all time to close out the match.

Here’s McIlroy explaining the change and how it’s helped his confidence.

“I’ve got a ton of confidence with it.”

Mic’d up @McIlroyRory talks through his recent equipment change and how the shorter driver shaft has freed up his swing.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 25, 2023