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Rory McIlroy: Caroline Wozniacki is the ‘right girl for me’

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy has been heavily scrutinized for his relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, but he is confident he has made the right choice for a life partner.

Speaking prior to the Abu Dhabi Championship this week, McIlroy discussed his engagement to Wozniacki. He got her an 8-carat ring because eight is his lucky number. He also thinks the engagement will help him.

“I feel I have stability in my life now and the engagement will only help with regards to knowing everything in my life is set. I mean, if you get engaged, you plan to spend the rest of your life with that person, so it is a big decision. But she’s definitely the right girl for me,” McIlroy said via The Telegraph.

McIlroy proposed to Wozniacki on New Year’s while the two were in Sydney by the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Not only does McIlroy have stability in his personal life, but he also has many legal matters sorted out. He had his split with his sponsors and management that turned into legal issues. The equipment issues following his departure from Oakley to Nike was sorted out, but he still has to settle with Horizon, his former management company.

Still, now that he’s been with the swoosh for several months, McIlroy appears to be back on track. He finished tied for sixth at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November, 11th at Tiger Woods’ Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, and he won the Australian Open in December. Based on his comments and the way he’s played, we’re expecting a great year from McIlroy.

Stewart Cink has a killer tan line on his head

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Stewart Cink never leaves the house without a hat. You know how I know that? Yeah, I think the photo above speaks for itself.

The PGA golfer is absolutely killing the head tan game right now. You literally can’t get a stronger tan line than the one that separates Cink’s upper dome from his face area. He took his hat off after shooting a 69 on Thursday at the Sony Open, and I’m guessing he blinded his playing partners when he shook their hands.

If Cink took his hat off in the middle of a round when someone was about to shoot, it would probably be considered borderline illegal. He might as well shine a flashlight in someone’s eye.

Photo via @BTtrey4
H/T Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki engaged to get married

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So much for all those rumors about Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki being on the outs.

The golfer and tennis player are now engaged to be married after McIlroy proposed on New Year’s Eve. Each athlete shared the good news on their Twitter accounts:

McIlroy called the engagement his first “victory of the year.”

Caroline shared the same three photos and added her commentary:

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Auburn RB Tre Mason sends Alabama alum Amanda Dufner an autographed picture

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Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda live in a divided household. Jason walked on to the Auburn University golf team, where he began defying the odds en route to becoming one of the best golfers in the world. He is also an avid Auburn football fan. Amanda went to Alabama.

I’m sure Jason has let Amanda hear plenty about the incredible victory Auburn scored over Alabama that paved the way for the Tigers to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. But just in case Amanda needed another reminder, she recently received an autographed photo from Auburn running back Tre Mason.

Mason, a junior who has rushed for 1,621 yards this season, wrote “War Eagle!” on a photo of himself and signed it. It’s unclear if Jason put him up to it, but I wouldn’t doubt it. After all, he probably owed Amanda one after that embarrassing photo she took of him and the PGA Championship trophy.

H/T Golf Channel

Jason Dufner messes up putt in hilarious fashion (Video)

Jason-Dufner-botched-puttOne of the reasons I love watching golf so much is it gives terrible golfers like myself a chance to witness professionals making some of the same mistakes I make. During the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, Jason Dufner did something that every one of my buddies has done but I have never seen a PGA golfer do.

Dufner went to address his birdie put on the 9th hole and inadvertently tapped it, sending it roughly a foot sideways. Had something like this happened at the Masters, no one would have been smiling. Since it happened at one of those laid-back tournaments at the end of the season, the guys Dufner was playing with burst out laughing.

Dufner and his partner Dustin Johnson finished 11th out of 12 pairings. The botched birdie attempt contributed to that, but I’m sure DJ won’t hold it against him. Being there to witness Duf screw up like that was probably worthwhile.

H/T Darren Rovell

Jason Dufner asks Tiger Woods to reschedule tournament so he can watch Auburn-Missouri

Jason-DufnerJason Dufner had to walk on to the golf team at Auburn before anyone realized that the former baseball player is one of the best golfers in the world. A PGA Championship win and two top-five US Open finishes later, and the rest is history. As a proud Auburn alum, Dufner is also a huge fan of Tigers football.

On Saturday at 4:00 pm EST, Auburn will take on Missouri for the SEC Championship. Depending on what happens elsewhere in the nation, that game could determine who plays for the national championship. Unfortunately for Dufner, he will still be playing in Tiger Woods’ annual World Challenge golf tournament on Saturday. Unless, of course, Tiger fulfills Dufner’s request.

If this was a typical tournament, I’d say Dufner can just tank it and miss the cut. However, there is a small field and all of the golfers play four rounds. Plus, Dufner doesn’t have it in him to roll over like that. He’s just going to have to keep track on his phone and hope to catch the fourth quarter.

H/T For the Win

Caroline Wozniacki congratulates boyfriend Rory McIlroy on Australian Open win

Rory McIlroy played some spectacular golf on Sunday to win the Australian Open, and one of the first people to congratulate him was girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Shortly thereafter, McIlroy retweeted Woz’s tweet and added a happy face:

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiThere were tons of rumors saying the two had broken up, so this would point to the contrary.

McIlroy shot a 6-under 66 to come from four shots behind and beat Adam Scott in Sydney. His comeback win also spoiled Scott’s bid for the rare Australian Triple Crown.

Maybe McIlroy’s win, which was his first of the year, has a lot to do with him finally being free mentally. His new sponsor, Nike, and his old sponsor, Oakley, finally settled their lawsuit. He said a few weeks ago that legal problems distracted him all season, so maybe he finally has a clear mind. Let’s hope that’s the case. It’s much more enjoyable seeing him play well rather than watching him struggle.