They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
In the case of former lovers, golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, it appears that absence makes the heart go stronger. On the public face of it, at least.
It is only two months since the pair went their separate ways with Northern Ireland's McIlroy apparently calling time on their three-year relationship with the wedding invites for a November date having been sent out.
McIlroy, 25, shockingly 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.
Despite some awful conduct, McIlroy seemed undisturbed as he collected the PGA Championship at Wentworth during the week of the split.
And he seemed in fine fettle again in claiming the oldest trophy in golf near Liverpool on Sunday.
McIlroy was crowned Open champion at Hoylake, but only after surviving an afternoon of high drama.
The Northern Irishman shot a final round 71 to finish 17 under par, two shots clear of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, and becoming only the third man to win three Majors by the age of 25- the other two on that list being Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
But McIlroy only completed his victory after surviving some nerve-shredding moments at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club as Garcia did his best to keep the excitement going to the end, the Spaniard trimmed McIlroy's lead from seven shots down to two at one point as he closed with a thrilling round of 66.
While all this was going on, Wozniacki was showing glimpses of the type of tennis that was commonplace when she began dating McIlroy as women's world number one back in 2011.
Wozniacki claimed her first Tour title of the year by strolling to a 6-1 6-1 win over Roberta Vinci in the Istanbul Cup final.
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) July 20, 2014
The top-seeded former world number one required only 67 minutes to bury Vinci at the hard-court Koza World of Sport Complex in Turkey.
The Danish player won 76 percent of points on first serve while also saving six break points.
Wozniacki, 24, has now won at least once on the women's tour since 2008.
Wozniacki is a Liverpool fan, and may have gleaned some amusement if she had seen McIlroy booed by the crowd having unwisely mentioned his affection for Manchester United during his winner's speech.
Congratulations to both of them. Breaking up is hard to do, but at least they are not letting any mental anguish of the past grind them down.
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