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Caroline Wozniacki Confirms She and Rory McIlroy Are Dating

Last month we showed you pictures of women’s No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and golfer Rory McIlroy kissing after The Open Championship. That same day McIlroy’s management team informed the press that the young golfer had broken up with longtime girlfriend Holly Sweeney. Although the two have continued to flirt over twitter the past few weeks, nothing was ever made official.

Until now.

Wozniacki was a guest on SportsCenter and was asked by Michelle Bonner if the two of them are “an item.” Wozniacki grinned sheepishly before providing her best response. “Well I’ll definitely improve my golf swing for the next couple of months, that’s for sure,” Wozniacki cautiously said.

Asked about the two helping each other to improve in the other’s sport, Wozniacki said it was mutually beneficial. “Yeah, his backhand needs some improvement. His forehand is doing pretty well,” she said of Rory’s tennis game. “I could use some help with my golf game, so why not help each other out a little bit?”

Wozniacki had a wide grin as she answered all the questions, so you could tell she enjoyed thinking of McIlroy. They may not be the most powerful couple in sports, but there certainly are very few duos that are as athletically talented as they are. I’ll give them a year.

Rory McIlroy Tells Commentator Jay Townsend to Shut Up After Criticism

Rory McIlroy responded to a commentator with harsh words Thursday. McIlroy double-bogeyed 18 to finish one under (tied for 44th) after the first round of the Irish Open. Commentator Jay Townsend criticized McIlroy while on-air for The Golf Channel and later on twitter.

During Rory’s second shot on 18, Townsend said on-air “And there you go. That’s why you don’t hit it into the bunker. You guys talked about ‘refreshing the way he plays.’ He plays silly, several times already today.”

He continued his criticism on twitter, writing “McIlroy’s course management was shocking.” He followed that up by saying “Rory McIlroy should hire Stevie Williams, as I thought JP allowed some SHOCKING course management today.”

McIlroy did not take the criticism kindly, firing back with this tweet:

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Rory McIlroy Now with Caroline Wozniacki After Breaking Up with Holly Sweeney?

Mere weeks after Rory McIlroy raved about his longtime girlfriend Holly Sweeney who helped keep him grounded, we’re learning that the couple has split. The timing of the announcement is quite curious — just last week McIlroy talked about having to beg to get Sweeney back after they had broken up at the beginning of the year. On Monday however, McIlroy’s management team confirmed the couple has broken up. But that’s not the end of the story.

Busted Racquet informs us that tennis blogger Omes Tennis caught a picture of Rory McIlroy and world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki hanging out together in London Sunday night. Omes Tennis had a change of heart and decided to pull the photo, but it hasn’t changed that we now have a huge love story on our hands.

Omes Tennis not only caught a shot of them hanging out together at All Bar One in Central London, they also got a shot of the two kissing:

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Rory McIlroy Says No Thanks to Extra Security at The Open Championship

Is it too soon to say that Rory McIlroy gets it?  For a young man who is constantly compared to Tiger Woods, McIlroy has done an awfully great job of remaining grounded — or at least giving us the impression that he has.  Whether it is begging for his ex-girlfriend back or pounding Jagermeister, the 22-year-old comes across as someone who can relate to the common fan.

A couple weeks ago we told you how we think the Tiger Woods comparisons can only help McIlroy and keep him from making similar mistakes along his career path.  In other words, Rory should focus on keeping his golf game where Tiger’s was throughout the best years of his career and avoiding all the “other stuff” — like having extra security guards follow you around at The Open Championship.

According to The Independent, McIlroy kindly declined the offer to have personal security guards with him during The Open.  The reason?  He would rather not snub his fans.

“I asked him if he wanted extra security but he said no,” McIlroy’s manager, Andrew Chandler, said. “It will be the same for Rory as for any other player. He wants to remain accessible to his fans.”

Rory is saying no to the added security despite playing closer to his home and despite teeing off at 9:09 a.m. — what is considered prime time for a big golf tournament.  Bottom line: the kid gets it.  If I had Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, I probably would too.

Rory McIlroy: I Had to Beg to Get Holly Sweeney Back

It takes a real man to admit his mistakes, especially when that man is a 22-year-old superstar who already has more money than he knows what to do with.  Even the most chauvinistic bro who has seen Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend probably would be not upset with Northern Ireland’s finest taking an extremely humble stance when talking about his better half.  If talking about having to beg to get his girlfriend back makes McIlroy sound a little soft, he clearly doesn’t care.

That’s right — the same confident and arrogant golfer who won the U.S. Open less than a month ago and turned the trophy into his own personal cocktail glass admitted in a recent documentary that getting Holly Sweeney back after a brief hiatus was one of the more difficult tasks he’s ever had to tackle.

At the start of the year I wanted to take a break and just focus on my game,’ McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland, via Mail Online, in a documentary entitled Rory’s Major Breakthrough.

“But I realized pretty quickly I had made a huge mistake, and I had to do a lot of begging and grovelling to get her back. Holly (left, with McIlroy) is fantastic. I have known her for six years and for someone my age that is a huge chunk of my life. She keeps my feet on the ground and knows the things to say to me. She has been such a great support. She takes my mind off golf and everything else that is going on.”

Oh yeah, and she’s one of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends for those of you who weren’t aware.  This isn’t the first time Rory has credited Sweeney for keeping him grounded, so our boy is obviously just comfortable in his own skin.  Got a problem with that?

Rory McIlroy Has a Four Hole Practice Facility in his Backyard

One of the sweetest backyard courses you’ll find belongs to Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The 22-year-old U.S. Open winner has a state-of-the-art mini-course at his Country Down home in Northern Ireland that features four full-sized holes. McIlroy spent hundreds of thousands of pounds constructing the course, but he says it’s already paid dividends.

“To have a practice facility at the back of my own house is incredible, it was done as an investment in my future,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.

“Since I got it built I have won my first major, so it has paid for itself already. It is a long-term commitment to Northern Ireland, I see myself always living here.”

Ready for a few details on the mini-course? It has U.S. Open as well as links-style rough, and a replica of the infamous Road Hole Bunker at St. Andrews golf course, but with Portrush sand. McIlroy has a team of greenkeepers who maintain the course, and he has it fine-tuned each week depending on how the course at the tournament is supposed to play.

Here are a few more shots of his backyard practice course:

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Rory McIlroy Says Confidence, Arrogance Are Important for Success

A 22-year old kid from Northern Ireland is officially on top of the golf world.  We don’t want to brag or anything, but we told you this day was coming nearly a year ago when Rory McIlroy dominated at Quail Hollow.  While many will argue it is too early to call him the next Tiger Woods, McIlroy is on his way to becoming just that.  He has the skill of Woods with youth on his side.  More importantly, he has the benefit of being able to learn from Tiger’s mistakes.

As a personality, McIlroy is refreshing for the sport of golf.  In a sport where you would be reprimanded for clapping too loudly, along came a kid who tweets pictures of himself pounding booze and isn’t afraid to treat the U.S. Open trophy like it’s the Stanley Cup.  There are a couple reasons no one has a problem with McIlroy’s wild side: he’s 22 years old and probably the most skilled golfer on the planet — it’s harmless fun. Also, if you saw Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, the thought of him cheating on her probably wouldn’t cross your mind either.

On Wednesday, McIlroy involuntarily shed some light upon the demise of Tiger Woods.  The 22-year-old spoke with Yahoo! Sports about his recent success and the importance of maintaining a certain arrogance in order to remain successful.

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