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Rory McIlroy calls Caroline Wozniacki ‘my girl’ in tweet

Caroline Wozniacki notched the 21st victory of her career at the Luxembourg Open on Sunday. If you believe one of the latest gossip reports from the Irish Independent, she did so as a devastated, recently-single young woman. A tweet Rory McIlroy sent out after the victory threw more water on that fire.

rory-mcilroy-caroline-wozniackiYou don’t have to be an FBI agent to connect those dots. While Wozniacki firmly denied the recent breakup rumors, McIlroy dodged questions about it and said he is planning to keep his private life private from now on. He was probably better off not answering the questions, since nothing the couple does or says is going to stop bogus reports from surfacing.

When Caroline and Rory go a couple months without smooching in front of an entire football team or exchanging corny gifts, speculation runs wild. You’d think media outlets would give up on the whole breakup thing unless the quote comes directly from one of the two lovebirds, but I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon.

Rory McIlroy remains silent on Caroline Wozniacki breakup rumors

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy is apparently done addressing rumors about his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki. Over the weekend, yet another report surfaced claiming McIlroy had dumped the tennis star. His alleged reason for calling things off this time was nothing short of priceless.

Wozniacki told a Danish newspaper on Monday that she has grown tired of baseless rumors and intends to keep her private life private from now on. McIlroy was asked about the report on Tuesday, and he had a similar reaction.

“My private life is private,” he told the media in advance of the OneAsia Tour’s Kolon Korea Open, via the Golf Channel, “and I’d like to keep it that way.”

While skeptics will point to the fact that Rory did not deny the breakup, it would seem the young couple has decided to change the way they do things. Since McIlroy and Wozniacki began dating, they have not exactly been shy about sharing details of their relationship. They have worn corny T-shirts together on Christmas and exchanged gifts that are enough to make you want to puke. Heck, the two even smooched in front of the entire Yale football team.

Rory has denied rumors of a split in the past, and that obviously didn’t help. We’re not completely ruling out the possibility that the two have ended things, but we don’t blame them for growing tired of talking about it.

Caroline Wozniacki once again denies she and Rory McIlroy have broken up

rory-mcilroy-caroline-wozniackiOver the weekend, the Irish Independent reported once again that Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have broken up. And once again, we have a firm denial.

Like last time, “sources” supposedly told the Independent that Wozniacki is distraught over McIlroy ending their relationship. But get this — the latest rumors indicated the final straw for McIlroy was that photo Woz posted of him last month on Twitter that showed him in a deep sleep with his mouth wide open.

“Yes they are over,” a source reportedly told the Independent. “It’s a difficult time for them both but it is for the best in the long run.”

Serena Williams was even said to have weighed in on the gossip.

“Rory was very upset by (the picture) and even Serena Williams pointed out – albeit in a joking way – it was a pretty mean thing to do,” the source said. “There were a lot of tears. She still has her profile picture on her social networking site set as the two of them in happier times, but I can tell you the pair are no longer an item.”

On Monday, Wozniacki told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that we have another baseless rumor on our hands. Translation via For the Win:

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Rory McIlroy says he and Caroline Wozniacki have not broken up

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are in the news again because of rumors that they have broken up, but the two are in denial mode.

Irish outlets The Sun and The Independent reported over the weekend that the golfer and tennis player have split. The Independent says McIlroy ended the relationship, leaving Woz “utterly distraught.” They reported that the break up has been “very difficult” for the two.

Speculation of problems between the two arose after they each changed their Twitter profile pictures from ones of them together to ones of them alone. Wozniacki made light of that detail in a tweet:

Likewise, McIlroy denied there was anything wrong between him and Wozniacki.

“Just because we changed our Twitter profile picture doesn’t mean we’re not together. But yeah, it’s all good,” McIlroy told the media.

The Northern Irishman then mocked the reporter who wrote about their breakup, and Woz joined in over Twitter:

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Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker defend Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki

rory-mcilroy-caroline-wozniackiRory McIlroy has been under a lot of criticism as of late because of his abysmal play in 2013, and his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki has been blamed for much of it. McIlroy could just be going through an inexplicable funk, but several PGA legends and analysts have wondered if his relationship with Wozniacki is directly correlated with his struggles.

The most recent comments about McIlroy’s personal life came from nine-time major champion Gary Player, who said that McIlroy needs to find the right woman in order to continue his dominance in the game of golf. After hearing that chatter, former tennis star Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker have apparently had enough.

As one of the more prominent athlete-celebrity couples on our extensive list, Roddick and Decker know a thing or two about relationship criticism. I’m sure Roddick heard how Decker negatively affected his play on more than one occasion.

For what it’s worth, Wozniacki has struggled worse than McIlroy since the two started dating. She was ranked No. 1 in the world at the time, but has fallen to 10th and hasn’t won a major since. McIlroy, on the other hand, was No. 3 in the world then and is No. 3 now. His only two major victories came while he was dating Wozniacki.

Everyone from Johnny Miller to Nick Faldo seems to think McIlroy is not responsible enough to know how to handle his personal time. Fortunately, golf is not a team sport. If McIlroy wants to spend more time on his girlfriend and less on golf (not to say he’s even doing that), that’s his prerogative. Talking about it obviously isn’t changing anything.

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Rory McIlroy plays dumb in response to Gary Player (Video)

Rory McIlroy played dumb when asked on Wednesday about Gary Player’s publicized comments about his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy met with the media at Firestone Country Club in Akron and said he hadn’t heard about Player’s comments. In a recent radio interview, Player didn’t specifically say Wozniacki was a bad girlfriend, but he implied that McIlroy might not be with the right woman.

Player later tried to clear up his comments with the following tweet:

Even though Player’s comments made headlines this week, McIlroy claimed he hadn’t heard about them.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” McIlroy said when asked about the comments.

Gary Player Rory McIlroyMcIlroy then did his best to avoid a controversy.

“I have the utmost respect for Gary Player. He is an incredible man. Obviously the success he’s had on the golf course, but just the way he’s lived his life and how healthy he is. Obviously he’s an inspiration for everyone. I don’t know what he said. This is the first time I’ve heard it. I don’t really know, all I know is I’ve got a lot of respect for the man, and he’s someone that I definitely look up to.”

Player was not the first high-profile member of the golf community to question McIlroy’s love life. Golf analyst and former major winner Johnny Miller did too. Additionally, Nick Faldo recently criticized McIlroy for not spending enough time on his golf.

Though many are blaming McIlroy’s struggles this year on his love life, I don’t think that’s the reason for his problems. McIlroy is only 24 and just signed a mega deal with Nike. He changed his all his clubs (and still hasn’t figured them out) and now has a new set of expectations to live up to. I think the Nike deal put a ton of pressure on him and took him out of his comfort zone. If anything, I’m guessing Wozniacki has been good for McIlroy’s personal life.

Gary Player: Rory McIlroy needs to find the right wife

Gary-Player-Rory-McIlroyWe have discussed Rory McIlroy’s struggles several times over the past few months, and the 24-year-old doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Everyone has their own take on what has gone wrong with the former world No. 1. The theories range from issues with his equipment to a lack of focus because of his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. In reality, Rory probably doesn’t even know what’s wrong.

Nine-time major champion Gary Player expects McIlroy to return to the top after he sorts out his current issues. However, Player questioned the long break McIlroy took after winning the US Open last year.

“I love Rory McIlroy, he’s got talent like you can’t believe, but I was quite perturbed when I saw him win the U.S. Open (last year) and then the next tournament he played was one month later,” Player told Britain’s Talksport radio, via Reuters. “You can’t do that. What he should have done was take a week off after winning the U.S. Open to settle down and then play two tournaments.

“You’ve got to prepare properly. He has a few problems at this stage of his life but everyone has problems.”

Nick Faldo recently said that McIlroy needs to spend more time on the course and not worry about distractions in his personal life, because the window for a golf career is so small. Player expressed a similar sentiment, albeit in a much kinder manner.

“When you’re in love as a young man, naturally golf seems to take second place for a while,” the 77-year-old legend explained. “It’s natural – love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives.

“But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore, he has got to make sure he has a woman like I’ve got, who has been married (to me) for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and has made sacrifices. He’s got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he’s dedicated, he could be the man.”

Wozniacki is a professional tennis player, so I’m sure she understands that McIlroy needs to focus on his career in order to return to the top. As I said before, I think the theory that McIlroy is distracted by love is way overblown. Hopefully he can prove me right down the stretch.