The first cut of rough is the deepest, but Rory McIlroy is back striding the fairway of life. Apparently we have found the secret to McIlroy enjoying life to the maximum. Don't date for the next 20 years. A vow of chastity until the age of 45, and you will become the greatest golfer since..well, since Tiger Woods decided to get married.
McIlroy called off his wedding to tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, he's been back on the birdie trail (on the course). He broke off the engagement in late May, and less than three months later he is 36 holes away from a third consecutive Tour victory and second consecutive Major victory. He's the leader of this PGA Championship by one shot heading into Saturday, and McIlroy has become a Tigeresque front-runner.
So is it that simple? Is hitting the little white ball that much easier without the ol' ball and chain? Was he spending more time selecting china patterns and bed sheets than hitting the range? The bachelor was asked on Friday whether there is a correlation between his recent brilliant play and his recent single status.
"I think it has happened to me for the better," said McIlroy. "I've put a little bit more time into my golf and it's refocused me in a way....I guess, what else do I have to do? I get up in the morning, I go to the golf course, I go to the gym. It's just my life at the minute, you know. It obviously works pretty well, so I'm going to keep doing it. I've just really buried myself in my golf game."
McIlroy infamously called time on their three-year relationship with the wedding invites for a November date having just been sent out.
McIlroy, 25, broke off the engagement during a three-minute phone call. Wozniacki, 24, called the break-up a “shock" before losing in the first round of the French Open.
The Times reported: "Caroline Wozniacki played tennis in a lovely old arena at Roland Garros, but would rather have been in Belfast, asking Rory McIlroy to his face why he left her this way. Except that 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.
"On Court No 2, in the press conference room, as she made her way back to the locker rooms and stood, plaintively, colourless, empty and in need of a hug from someone, no one was laughing. She had somehow managed to find the heart to spend two hours and seven minutes competing, but then she wanted to be as far away from this place as possible.
McIlroy’s stretch after breaking up with Wozniacki is like Timberlake’s after breaking up with Britney.
— Tom Mantzouranis (@themantz) August 8, 2014
"She still has no rationale for what happened a week earlier when, having flown from their apartment in Monaco to prepare to play the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, McIlroy made the call that left Wozniacki weak at the knees, for all the wrong reasons. He had called the whole thing off, six months before the wedding. She then stared blankly at the phone, her life having changed in little more than an instant."
McIlroy admitted it had been his decision to split with Wozniacki just days after the pair had sent out the wedding invitations.
"There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people," McIlroy said in a statement. "The problem is mine."
The double Major champion had been seeing the Danish tennis superstar for three years, and the duo got engaged on New Year's Eve.
They frequently attended each other's events, with McIlroy once leaping out from the stands to take part in one of Wozniacki's exhibition matches, and Wozniacki famously caddying for her boyfriend at Augusta's pre-tournament par-3 tournament in 2013.
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