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Rory McIlroy reportedly felt Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his golf game

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy has been criticized over the past year or so for not spending enough time working on his golf game. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has fallen off a bit since he burst onto the scene by winning the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship the next year.

Was Caroline Wozniacki part of the problem?

McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he has called off his engagement with Wozniacki just days after their wedding invitations were sent out. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Rory felt that his personal life was affecting his golf game.

“Rory’s game hasn’t been as consistently good in the time he’s been with Caroline,” a source reportedly said. “He was a young guy in love and was flying around the world to see her play in tournaments or meet up with her. He was missing practice rounds. It was a distraction.”

Back in July, golf legend Nick Faldo accused McIlroy of not spending enough time on the course and worrying too much about his personal life. McIlroy later fired back and reminded his critics how difficult the game of golf can be. Gary Player made similar remarks when he said McIlroy needs to find the right woman.

Perhaps Wozniacki was losing focus, too.

“When you have two players focused on being No. 1, it’s a huge commitment to see each other, physically and emotionally,” the Post’s source added. “As tough as the decision to end the relationship might have been, it is wise to do it now rather than after they were married.”

I still think the love life excuse was overplayed, but you never know. We’ll see how McIlroy plays the rest of the way in 2014.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Rory McIlroy breaks up with Caroline Wozniacki, calls off engagement

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are not getting married, after all. In a shocking turn of events, McIlroy announced on Wednesday morning that he has called off the wedding and is ending his relationship with the tennis star. This time, word of the breakup came straight from the horse’s mouth.

“The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails,” McIlroy said in a statement, via the NY Daily News. “I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”

Wozniacki and McIlroy sent out their invitations just days ago, and the two-time major champion poked fun at a report last week that got the couple’s wedding date incorrect. McIlroy spoke a bit more about his personal life a few hours after making the announcement.

“It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning,” he added. “It was mutual and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on, and I’ve said all that I need to say.

“Look, I’m no different than anyone else. Everyone has been through breakups, and it’s obviously very, very difficult. But look, I’m here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions about golf, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Wozniacki and McIlroy had grown used to false rumors about their relationship ending, and they seemed to laugh it off every time. He said earlier this year that Wozniacki is the “right girl for me,” despite analysts and former golfers constantly blaming his dating life for his struggles.

We certainly didn’t see this coming.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki wedding date is not in August, contrary to report

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiNow that the Irish Independent can no longer sporadically report that Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have ended their relationship, the publication has turned its attention toward trying to predict when the couple will tie the knot.

On Wednesday, the Independent cited “exclusive” sources who claim McIlroy and Wozniacki are getting married in late August.

“Rory is marrying Caroline in late August,” the insider explained. “They’ve only been engaged a few months, but they’re both keen to make it official and are a planning a spectacular day for guests. They’re keeping their invite list under wraps for now for security reasons because it includes some A-list superstars from around the world.”

Here’s what McIlroy had to say about the “inside” information.

McIlroy is 25 and Wozniacki is 23. They are both currently in the primes of their careers and don’t really need to rush to get married, though Wozniacki did previously state that she would like to be a young mother. Still, don’t count on an August wedding. The Independent doesn’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to its favorite power couple.

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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