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Guy bets $1,600 on Rory McIlroy to win Masters after seeing McIlroy’s face in his pastry

rory-mcilroyRory McIlroy is a popular pick to win the 2014 Masters, which is not a surprise considering he is one of the best golfers in the world. But at least one guy didn’t need the World Golf Rankings or past tournament results to tell him to bet on McIlroy. He saw it in his breakfast.

According to the Irish Daily Mirror, a college lecturer and golf fanatic named Rob Price wagered $1,600 (€1,200) on McIlroy to win the Masters after a Danish pastry he ordered looked like the 24-year-old golfer. It sounds insane, but I can actually see what Price is talking about.

Price said he was going to put about $150 on McIlroy to win anyway but he had to bet big when Rory’s face was staring back at him.

“It’s got to be a sign – Rory’s face on a piece of food from his girlfriend’s home country,” Price said. “My mates have had a giggle and think I’m mad, but if I pocket €14,400, I’ll be the one laughing.”

For those of you keeping track in US dollars, €14,400 is roughly $20,000. Don’t forget, McIlroy’s fiancee Caroline Wozniacki is from Denmark (that means she’s Danish). That’s another sign Price took into consideration. While Price’s bet certainly qualifies for our growing list of crazy sports bets, we’re rooting for him.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Rory McIlroy involved in legal battle with former management company

Rory-McIlroyRory McIlroy is looking to bounce back this year after a disappointing golf season in 2013. The former world No. 1 signed with Nike and became one of the wealthiest 24-year-old’s in the world last year, but his game faltered. Back in November, McIlroy hinted that legal troubles with sponsors contributed to his poor play in 2013. He may still be having them.

According to the Irish Independent, McIlroy attended a hearing earlier this week that dealt with a lawsuit he has filed against his former management company. McIlroy reportedly claims he signed an agreement with the company under “undue influence” when he was 22 years old.

McIlroy claims he has paid “unreasonable” fee rates to the company that are far greater than an athlete would pay a standard sports agency. He also does not believe he has to pay the company, Horizon Sports Management in Dublin, fees related to his $20 million per year endorsement deal with Nike.

The agency denies the claim and insists McIlroy freely entered into an agreement in 2011. They say he agreed to pay them certain fees and are seeking roughly $3 million in fees for of-course revenues earned by McIlroy. They are also seeking damages, claiming McIlroy continues to breach their contract.

All legal jargon aside, McIlroy fans should be hoping the youngster is able to is able to focus on his golf game this year. He and Caroline Wozniacki are engaged to be married, so one would think analysts would get off his case about Woz being a distraction. Hopefully the legal troubles are sorted out sooner rather than later.

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.

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki engaged to get married

Rory McIlroy Caroline Wozniacki engaged

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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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki go to Beyonce concert

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiIf Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have really broken up, they are obviously still the best of friends. The past several months have been littered with rumors about the power couple splitting, but social media would seem to indicate otherwise. On Tuesday night, Wozzilroy had themselves quite a date night.

McIlroy and Wozniacki spent the day in Beverly Hills doing a bunch of cliche tourist stuff before hitting up the Beyonce concert.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Beverly Hills area, Rodeo Drive is a famous street loaded with high-ending stores and shopping spots. Mr. Chow’s is a swanky restaurant that is frequented by celebrities.

Between the Tuesday to remember and Wozniacki congratulating McIlroy on his Australian Open win earlier this week, I think it’s safe to say there are no problems at home for these two.

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.

Rory McIlroy hints that legal trouble with sponsors led to poor play in 2013

rory-mcilroyEveryone wants to assume that Caroline Wozniacki is the reason Rory McIlroy tumbled from the top of the World Golf Rankings in 2013, but there has been no real indication that his girlfriend is the problem. On Tuesday, McIlroy admitted to reporters that his switch from Oakley to Nike has been an issue. No, he’s not talking about his golf clubs.

According to The Daily Mirror, Oakley took legal action against McIlroy in January when he signed a massive endorsement deal with Nike. McIlroy also terminated his contract with Ireland-based Horizon Sports Management and started his own management company, which led to more legal trouble.

“It’s something that I don’t really think any athlete or anyone should ever go through,” McIlroy told reporters in Dubai in advance of the World Tour Championship, a tournament he won last year. “I’ve seen more lawyers’ offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life. It’s not something I ever want to go through again and I’m making sure that I won’t ever go through it again.”

While he stopped short of blaming his struggles solely on the legal battles, McIlroy admitted they have been a significant distraction.

“But as a golfer you want your mind as clear as possible, and it’s obviously hard for that to happen if you’ve got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don’t want to happen, and secondly you don’t feel should be happening,” he explained. “It’s been a distraction.”

See, we knew he wasn’t faking it by sending tweets like the one he sent last month. The good news for McIlroy is he’s only 24 years old. Assuming he gets his legal issues straightened out, he has more than enough time to get back to dominating the sport.