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Rory McIlroy goes shirtless with red wig after Ryder Cup win

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The Europeans won their third-straight Ryder Cup and eighth in the last 10 tournaments against the United States on Sunday. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Rory McIlroy contributed three points to the victory, but you might be a little surprised to see the way the 25-year-old celebrated the big day.

McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram Monday morning that showed him shirtless wearing a red wig. This is the same Rory who has been known to fill his trophies with Jagermeister, so we know he’s no stranger to partying.

[Related: Caroline Wozniacki was 'shocked' by way Rory McIlroy broke up with her]

But you know how we really know McIlroy couldn’t wait to pop bottles? His champagne bottle popped itself while Zach Johnson was still putting on the 18th hole.

This guy really does own life at the moment. Sorry, Woz, but it’s true.

Phil Mickelson takes shot at Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell lawsuit

Phil-Mickelson-Claret-JugTeam USA is entering the Ryder Cup on Friday as a heavy underdog against Team Europe. There is plenty of star power on both sides, but most feel the Europeans have a better shot to win with a squad that is anchored by four of the world’s top six players. Some have also speculated that Team Europe will have better chemistry, but Phil Mickelson doesn’t necessarily agree with that.

Mickelson, who is playing in his 10th Ryder Cup, was asked on Wednesday if the American team is as tight knit a group as its European counterpart. He came out swinging.

“Not only are we able to play together, also don’t litigate against each other, and that’s a real plus, I feel, heading into this week,” Mickelson said with a smile, via USA Today Sports.

The remark was meant as a shot at Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. McIlroy recently filed a lawsuit against Horizon, his former management company, and McDowell is named in the suit. Part of the complaint involves the commission structure McIlroy had with the company, as he believes McDowell was given a better deal. The two Irsishmen insist the legal proceedings have not affected their relationship.

“I couldn’t resist,” Mickelson said afterword. “Sorry, go ahead.”

Team Europe, led by match play superstar Ian Poulter, mounted a nearly impossible comeback against Team USA at the last Ryder Cup two years ago. While the Americans have won just two of the past nine Ryder Cups, both teams are comprised of some of the best golfers on the planet. Plus, Team USA clearly has the early advantage in trash talking. Maybe that will count for something.

Rory McIlroy sinks 55 straight putts from 10 feet (Video)

Rory-McIlroy-puttsAnyone who has ever played a round of golf will tell you that putting well on the practice green doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in for a big day. I hit plenty of putts when warming up that I know I’m going to miss after I tee off. That said, I’m pretty confident I could never sink 55 straight putts from 10 feet like Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, who finished tied for second at the TOUR Championship on Sunday despite entering a day with the share of the lead, appeared to be locked in before his tee time. He drained 55 putts in a row at one point from about 10 feet. As expected, he was a little worse under pressure.

McIlroy three-putted from 20 feet on the 10th hole and allowed FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel to start pulling away. Had he hit that 56th straight putt on the practice green, things may have gone a bit differently.

H/T Deadspin

Rory McIlroy shot ends up in fan’s pocket (Video)

A shot Rory McIlroy hit during the second round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Friday somehow found its way into a spectator’s pocket. Seriously.

McIlroy was allowed to take a drop, reached the green and then two-putted to save par on the par-4 14th hole. Being able to take a drop was a relief for McIlroy.

“I know how sweaty my pockets are. I’m not going into anyone else’s,” he said.

McIlroy is tied with two others for second at two shots behind the leader, Billy Horschel. Hopefully the world No. 1 golfer hooked up the fan with some cool goodies.

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Caroline Wozniacki ‘shocked’ by way Rory McIlroy broke up with her

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Caroline Wozniacki confirmed the long reported truth about her breakup with Rory McIlroy: it came in the form of a phone call from her ex-boyfriend and left her in shock.

Woz talked about her May breakup with McIlroy in an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Graham Bensinger.

“Oh, I was shocked,” Wozniacki said of the phone call breakup. “I thought at least I would get a face-to-face or something, but there was nothing. It was just a phone call and I did not hear from him again. It was kind of like that. Just kind of ended. I think I was just in a shocked phase after that.”

Despite the public embarrassment from the breakup — which came after the two had already sent out wedding invitations — Wozniacki doesn’t appear to have any regrets.

“That’s a chapter in my life I’ve learned a lot from it,” Wozniacki told Bensinger. “I definitely learned a lot about myself, about relationships. I’ve learned you have to take life as it goes. … I’ve moved on.”

[Related: McIlroy says split with Wozniacki has helped his golf game]

And for the remaining single men who have interest in her, Wozniacki shared what she looks for in a guy.

“I look for someone who’s honest, who’s fun to be around, who doesn’t take himself too seriously.”

She also got in a little zinger on Rory.

“I would like a taller guy so I can wear my heels.”

Ouch. That’s the second time now that Woz has taken a shot at Rory’s height since their breakup. I think she’s hit her max.

Though painful, the breakup was probably for the best. Both athletes have been performing extremely well since the relationship ended.

Caroline Wozniacki and ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy dominating since breakup

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy dated for three years and were engaged to be married before calling things off in May. And by calling things off, we mean McIlroy dumped Caro over the phone.

But it turns out their breakup may have been for the best; ever since the two broke up, their athletic careers have taken off.

Woz and McIlroy first began dating around July 2011. They got engaged on New Year’s 2014 and broke up in May. Despite facing criticism that their relationship was negatively affecting them in their respective sports, they remained strong with their love for each other. But now we’re seeing definitive proof that they are much better without each other.

[Related: Rory McIlroy responds to criticism from Nick Faldo]

Prior to them dating, Wozniacki had reached the finals and semifinals of the US Open, the semis of the Australian, and the quarters at the French. A few months after they began dating, Woz made the semis of the US Open and quarters at the Australian in 2012 before falling apart. She never got past the fourth round of a grand slam while dating McIlroy (after the Australian in 2012). That span included two first-round and two second-round exits. She also lost in the first round of the French right after Rory broke up with her.

[Previously: Woz in 2012 said relationship wasn't hurting them on field]

But once she got her head straight, Woz got right back on track.

She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since before she began dating Rory. She won her first title of the year right afterwards when she captured the Istanbul Cup. She reached the quarters of the Rogers Cup and semis of the Western & Southern Open in her next two tournaments. And then she reached the finals of the US Open for the second time in her career.

[Related: Rory McIlroy felt Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his golf game]

Likewise, McIlroy has kicked it into high gear since the two broke up.

McIlroy won two majors after the breakup and took home the title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He won the PGA Championship for the second time and the British Open for the first time. The win at the PGA Championship was extremely telling; it was his first win on either the PGA or European Tour in 18 months, and it came immediately after he called off the wedding.

Woz and McIlroy were very much in love and seemed to enjoy their time together, so nobody can say they regret the relationship. But what we’ve seen is definitive proof that they’re both better at their sport when they’re not together and able to focus more on training, practicing and their athletic careers.

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler shared great tweets after PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy played another round of excellent golf on Sunday to hold off Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for his second PGA Championship and fourth overall major.

Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 to finish second at 15 under for the tournament, while Fowler finished tied for third at 14 under, two shots behind McIlroy.

Sunday marked another close call for Fowler, who finished in the top five of all four majors this year. He finished right behind Rory in the last two majors of the season, leading to this great Twitter exchange from the two:

Even though Fowler did not win a major this year, he joins exclusive company by finishing in the top five of all four in the same season — only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have also accomplished the feat. At least he recognizes what an accomplishment that is:

Like Rory said, with the way Fowler played this year, a major has to be coming soon for him.