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Caroline Wozniacki: Rory McIlroy breakup was a ‘shock’

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy did not have a mutual split. It was clearly the 25-year-old Northern Irishman’s decision, and Wozniacki’s public comments about the breakup have confirmed that. Earlier this week, Wozniacki lost to Yanina Wickmayer at the French Open in her first match since the engagement was called off. She described herself as being in a state of “shock.”

“You’re not prepared for something like this, and it came as a bit of a shock,” Wozniacki said, according to The Independent. “I just tried to prepare the best that I could, and really tried to focus on my match and on what I had to do out there.”

After learning some of the details of the breakup, it’s easy to understand why Wozniacki was stunned. McIlroy decided to end the relationship just says after the couple’s wedding invitations went out. He said the sending of the invitations made him realize he “wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.” McIlroy then supposedly broke up up Wozniacki in a very brief phone conversation.

Now, Wozniacki is just looking to move forward.

“The only thing I really have to say is that to thank everybody for their support and sweet messages,” she said. “That’s really nice. What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. I just have to move on.”

McIlroy has already moved on by winning a tournament. Hopefully Wozniacki is able to do the same.

Rory McIlroy reportedly broke up with Caroline Wozniacki over the phone

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy made an abrupt decision to end his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki last week. He has implied that the calling off of their engagement was mutual, but it sure doesn’t seem that way. In fact, one report claims Wozniacki thought McIlroy was joking when he told her he wanted to end things.

According to Neil Harman of The Times in London, Wozniacki was still searching for answers about the sudden breakup after her loss at the French Open.

“The last time he called, less than a day after telling her how much he loved her, it was a three-minute conversation she thought was a joke,” Harman wrote, according to For the Win.

If that was indeed the last time McIlroy called Wozniacki, that would imply that the 25-year-old golfer broke up with his fiancee over the phone. Christopher Clarey of The New York Times heard a similar story.

McIlroy’s decision to dump Wozniacki came just a few days after their wedding invitations were sent out. I suppose that’s better than leaving her at the alter, but you would think he could wait until they got together to have “the talk” in person.

[Related: Rory McIlroy reportedly felt his relationship was taking away from golf]

It probably stings Wozniacki even more that McIlroy went on to win a tournament just days after breaking up with her.

Kids will be kids?

Rory McIlroy wins tournament days after breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he has decided to break off his engagement with former fiancee Caroline Wozniacki. Just four days later, he erased Thomas Bjorn’s seven-shot lead to win Europe’s BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy shot a 66 on the final day of the tournament.

“How the hell did this happen?” he said after the win, via ESPN UK. “I guess it was just meant to be. I can’t really explain it — it’s been a week of mixed emotions.”

McIlroy played well all week and finished 14-under for the tournament. If his suddenly inspired play was purely coincidence, golf legend Greg Norman isn’t buying it.

At least one report has already indicated that McIlroy broke up with Wozniacki because he felt his relationship was hurting his golf game. The victory lends credence to that theory.

“Once I got inside the ropes this week it was a release,” McIlroy told reporters. “I was on my own and doing what I do best. For four or five hours each day I was in the serenity of my own sanctuary and just concentrating on each shot in hand.”

Expect Rory to be the favorite heading into the US Open next month.

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