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Caroline Wozniacki congratulates boyfriend Rory McIlroy on Australian Open win

Rory McIlroy played some spectacular golf on Sunday to win the Australian Open, and one of the first people to congratulate him was girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Shortly thereafter, McIlroy retweeted Woz’s tweet and added a happy face:

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiThere were tons of rumors saying the two had broken up, so this would point to the contrary.

McIlroy shot a 6-under 66 to come from four shots behind and beat Adam Scott in Sydney. His comeback win also spoiled Scott’s bid for the rare Australian Triple Crown.

Maybe McIlroy’s win, which was his first of the year, has a lot to do with him finally being free mentally. His new sponsor, Nike, and his old sponsor, Oakley, finally settled their lawsuit. He said a few weeks ago that legal problems distracted him all season, so maybe he finally has a clear mind. Let’s hope that’s the case. It’s much more enjoyable seeing him play well rather than watching him struggle.

Rory McIlroy hints that legal trouble with sponsors led to poor play in 2013

rory-mcilroyEveryone wants to assume that Caroline Wozniacki is the reason Rory McIlroy tumbled from the top of the World Golf Rankings in 2013, but there has been no real indication that his girlfriend is the problem. On Tuesday, McIlroy admitted to reporters that his switch from Oakley to Nike has been an issue. No, he’s not talking about his golf clubs.

According to The Daily Mirror, Oakley took legal action against McIlroy in January when he signed a massive endorsement deal with Nike. McIlroy also terminated his contract with Ireland-based Horizon Sports Management and started his own management company, which led to more legal trouble.

“It’s something that I don’t really think any athlete or anyone should ever go through,” McIlroy told reporters in Dubai in advance of the World Tour Championship, a tournament he won last year. “I’ve seen more lawyers’ offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life. It’s not something I ever want to go through again and I’m making sure that I won’t ever go through it again.”

While he stopped short of blaming his struggles solely on the legal battles, McIlroy admitted they have been a significant distraction.

“But as a golfer you want your mind as clear as possible, and it’s obviously hard for that to happen if you’ve got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don’t want to happen, and secondly you don’t feel should be happening,” he explained. “It’s been a distraction.”

See, we knew he wasn’t faking it by sending tweets like the one he sent last month. The good news for McIlroy is he’s only 24 years old. Assuming he gets his legal issues straightened out, he has more than enough time to get back to dominating the sport.

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.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live