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Rory McIlroy calls off engagement

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For those of you who thought Rory McIlroy’s relationship with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was a distraction, you can cease your worrying. Rory McIlroy announced in a statement early today that he and his fiancé have split and cancelled their engagement just days after mailing the invitations.

Discussing the decision in a press conference ahead of the BMW PGA Championship, the former world No. 1 was clearly shaken, saying, “I think I’m no different than anyone else. Everyone has been through break-ups and it’s obviously very, very difficult.”

McIlroy, who has fallen to 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking, hasn’t been seen in public with Wozniacki since the Masters when she (complete with pink hair) caddied for him in the Par 3 contest. Although the golf superstar tweeted a photo of the two having dinner less than a week ago.

Wozniacki, for her part, is yet to comment on the situation. However, McIlroy has signaled that he has little more to say about the matter and the decision has an element of finitude.

As he said in the press conference:

It is obviously quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself and I think the statement really said it all. It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. It’s time to move on and I think I’ve said all that I need to say.

We don’t know the specific underpinnings of McIlroy’s decision (and really, it’s none of our business). However, the statement he released breaking the news had a few dubious quotes, including: ‘The problem is mine,’ and ‘The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.’

Whatever the issues, as of today, Wozzilroy is no more.

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  1. AIPM

    May 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    … Well that settles the doubts of falling off the face of the earth because of the breakup.

  2. froneputt

    May 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Rors has handled a tough situation in a great way – positive and briefly. Looking at his last 3 years, too much was going on — change in management, lawsuits, fiancé’ — distractions and the highest levels of golf tend not to go hand in hand. Wish him well in his goals.

  3. rntolent

    May 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    All i know is…when I broke up with my fiancee, I picked up golf and within 3 years, shot 75. This will only do his game good IMO. You could also say its better to do it now, than realize once married that you fancy waitresses and end up with a 9 iron to your face.

  4. dapadre

    May 22, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I sincerely hope we are not seeing the start Rors disintegration, since as a golf fan that would deprive us of seeing what COULD have been.

    I like Rors. I followed him even before he was on the radar so to speak, as we get a lot of amateur coverage here in Europe. What I used to love about Rors was the fun you saw he was having. I cant explain it but it was a kind of I don’t care attitude, Im just playing golf. Just having fun, even laughing at some mishits. As golfers, the best rounds you played were those where you didn’t really think of it, just played.

    For those who saw it then, knew this kid was good. Reminds me of Joost Luiten (remember where you heard it). Then I don’t know what happened, he changed. He started making remarks ( I fancy Tiger) and behaving in ways (almost cocky) that made you scratch your head. He fired Chubby and left on not so nice terms. Then signed with Nike, then had issues with the advisory team that got him the Nike deal and for which he left Chubby. His frustrations on the course (Honda Classic 2013) etc and this, makes you wonder.

    Old stars Faldo, Player have said he needs to focus on golf and loving it again. I don’t know about you but I honestly don’t think he is enjoying the game any longer, not now at least. You hardly see him really smile and enjoy himself in the carefree way he used too. Is the $250 million monkey on his back weighing heavily on him. You know Nike wants to see returns. Would love to see the old Rors back, but we may all be unknowing spectators to a “what could have been” scenario. I sincerely hope not.

    • Tiger looks like me

      May 24, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I believe “she” was a distraction. My prediction is no.3 and maybe even 2 in the world by early 2015. Nike’s stock will go up and we all get to test out his new signature irons soon as

  5. John Smirnoff

    May 22, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Wozniacki is not a freaking Danish tennis player, her family is POLISH.

    • ParHunter

      May 22, 2014 at 5:24 am

      She was born and raised in Denmark and has a Danish passport. I think that makes her Danish! According to your definition there aren’t any Americans either, only English, German, Mexican etc

    • Mx

      May 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

      She has Danish citizenship, therfore she is danish…

  6. marcel

    May 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    finally

  7. Fred

    May 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I would consider an an 11-year-old qualifying for a major LPGA event as golf-oriented news. Rory, calling off his plans to get married, is not. That said, who knows, maybe he’ll get his game back now.

    • W

      May 22, 2014 at 2:28 am

      “maybe he’ll get his game back now.”

      that’s golf-oriented, ain’t it? That’s probably what he’s thinking! doh

  8. Rich

    May 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Bit harsh fella’s! Big news but I’m sure he’ll bounce back.

  9. Ryan

    May 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Good job Rory. That chick was a bit weird.

  10. Paul

    May 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    It’s because he switched to Nike.

    • Carl

      May 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      True that!

    • MHendon

      May 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

      What’s that got to do with anything. Anybody and I mean anybody would have done the same thing. What did he get something like 20 million? And don’t hand me this crap Nike’s clubs are inferior because they’re not all major OEM’s make equally good equipment, it just comes down to personal preference. The only issue I have with Rory joining Nike is he’s playing second fiddel to Tiger and would be any other manufacturers marque player.

  11. Billy

    May 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Go RORS

  12. Ben

    May 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    isn’t golf a cruel enough temptress? 😉

  13. George Hanson

    May 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Dodged a bullet. The b**ch/hotness ratio was not in Rory’s favor. High maintenance; he will be okay.

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Q2Q: Johnny gets a hand from Claude Harmon III

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In this episode of the Q2Q brought to you bu GolfWRX and Cobra Golf, Johnny and performance coach Nick Starchuk travel to West Palm Beach to see Claude Harmon III at his performance center. It’s a Golf IQ reality smackdown with CHIII breaking down the truth that the Arccos system has shown Johnny.
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Morning 9: Lowry leads | MJ on TW | The Tour’s secret cut-making machines

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

April 19, 2019

Good Friday morning on this Good Friday, golf fans.
1. Lowry leads
AP report…”The Irishman admittedly had started the year off on a strong note with a win in Abu Dhabi in the season-opener on the European Tour. But he simply hadn’t been able to build on that momentum – on either side of the Atlantic — in the weeks following his third career win”.
  • “In fact, Lowry hadn’t broken 70 in four stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR since he missed the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February. He was a combined 24 over par in those tournaments and had only made the weekend once.”
  • “On a blustery morning at Harbour Town Golf Links, though, Lowry was back in control — firing a bogey-free 65 that earned him a one-stroke advantage.”
  • “Pretty much my whole game felt good,” Lowry said. “… I haven’t had that feeling in a while. So, it’s kind of nice.”
2. Augusta’d!
The Golf Channel Digital Team…”Beginning on the 10th hole Thursday, Spieth played his opening nine holes in 2 over par, with one double – after hitting his tee shot short, into the water at No. 14 – and eight pars. He recovered on the front side with three birdies compared to one bogey.”
  • “For the day, he hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 33 putts.”
  • “”I really got Augusta’d out here. What I mean is, I was still putting to the speed of Augusta. I haven’t fully made the transition away from that,” Spieth said after his even-par 71. “And as we are expecting high winds I’m sure the greens will slow down even more to make it fair. I’m really going to need to dial in my speed on the greens. Just tough out there coming off last week to this week, to get yourself to pop it harder than you really want to.””
3. Berger resurgent
Golfweek’s Roxanna Scott…
  • “After taking significant time off late in the year, Daniel Berger has to like what he sees in his game after an opening-round 5-under-par 66 in the RBC Heritage.”
  • “A finger injury forced Berger to take more than four months off after withdrawing from the BMW Championship in September. The 26-year-old Floridian was among a group of five tied for second Thursday, one shot behind leader Shane Lowry. Dustin Johnson, No. 1 in the world rankings, shot 3-under 68 in the afternoon.”
  • “”It’s just been kind of touch and go here,” Berger told reporters after the round at Harbour Town Golf Links. “And finally got a full week of practice where I actually got to play golf every day. That’s just the biggest difference. When you’re going to a golf tournament and you’ve played one round of golf in two weeks, you don’t feel very good. To be able to put the work in and be rewarded it makes me feel like I’m ready to go when I get out here.”
4. Meanwhile, in Hawaii…
AP Report…”Eun-Hee Ji rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 18th with a pitch-in eagle on the par-5 first and shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Nelly Korda on Thursday in the Lotte Championship.”
“Ji had a 15-under 129 total to break the tournament 36-hole record by five strokes.”
5. MJ on TW
Golf Channel’s Will Gray rounds up a few MJ quotes from The Athletic and expands…
  • “I took two years off to play baseball, but nothing like that,” Jordan told The Athletic. “I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit. To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”
  • “I never thought he’d get back physically,” Jordan said. “He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable. Mentally, you always think you can. But you can’t answer to what your body has to deal with.”
6. USWO entries
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…”Rolex world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn topped the list of players qualified for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Wednesday’s close of entries.”
  • “Forty-seven of the top 50 players in this week’s world rankings are qualified for the event, scheduled May 30-June 2 at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). (Click here for the full exempt field)”
  • “Sectional qualifying begins later this month.”
7. Secret cut-making wizards
Shane Ryan, in the course of Tiger’s Masters triumph, got to thinking about the tour’s cut-making maestros, reaching out to Mark Broadie for data…
“Broadie disappeared into his secret temple of statistics (I imagine it looks like the House of the Undying in Game of Thrones), and came out bearing a bounty of figures. For the last two seasons, beginning in the fall of 2017, Thomas and Johnson were indeed the leaders, with Thomas in front by percentage points. But there were a couple surprises in the top ten”
Justin Thomas – 19/20 – 5.0% missed cut rate
Dustin Johnson – 17/18 – 5.6%
Tommy Fleetwood – 16/17 – 5.9%
Bryson DeChambeau – 24/26 – 7.7%
Hideki Matsuyama – 18/20 – 10.0%
Tiger Woods – 17/19 – 10.5%
Emiliano Grillo – 25/28 – 10.7%
T-8. Justin Rose 16/18 – 11.1%
T-8. Rafa Cabrera-Bello 16/18 – 11.1%
Rickie Fowler – 21/24 – 12.5%
“Grillo is the one of that group you might not expect, and there’s a couple more in the next 10, from An to Keegan Bradley to Charles Howell III. The inspiration for this post, Tony Finau, clocked in at 12th.”
8. Talking to a D, C & P finalist
Our Brendon Elliott spoke to Briel Royce, a finalist in the Drive, Chip and Putt.
So how cool was it driving Down Magnolia Lane?
  • Briel: “Driving down Magnolia Lane was awesome.  Usually, you do not get to experience the scenic ride unless you are a tour player or a member. Everyone got extremely quiet upon entry. There were tons of security along our slow ride. Seeing the beautiful trees and the Masters Flag at Founder’s Circle in the distance was surreal. Having earned the right and opportunity to drive down this prestigious lane was breathtaking. I would love to do it again someday.”
  • What was the coolest part of your time at Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National?
  • Briel: “Everything was cool about the DCP. Not too often do you see people taking walks in the morning with green jackets on. We were not treated like kids. We were treated like tour players, like we were members at Augusta. The icing on the cake was when they took us to the practice green and we were putting alongside Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel. Everyone was confused when we first got there because we weren’t certain we should be putting on the same green around the pros. Again, we were treated like we were tour players. Where else would I be able to do this? Nowhere other than DCP at Augusta. One of my favorite reflections is having Bubba Watson watch us chip and congratulating each of us for our efforts. He did not need to do that. He took time out of practicing for a very important week in his career to support the DCP players. I think his actions show what the game of golf is about: the sportsmanship, the camaraderie, and support.”
9. Trophy gallery
Here’s something interesting and easily digestible: a look at all the trophies handed out on the PGA Tour this season. Some are…interesting…
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Michael Jordan describes Tiger Woods’ comeback as the greatest he’s ever seen

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Former NBA star Michael Jordan is no stranger to legendary comebacks, but according to the six-time NBA champion, there has been no greater comeback in the history of sport than that of Tiger Woods.

Jordan, who was speaking to The Athletic, talked about the monumental journey which Woods, who Jordan is a close friend of, traveled to reach this point, of which perseverance and self-belief played a significant role.

“I took two years off to play baseball, but nothing like that. I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit. To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”

Three years ago, Jordan told ESPN that he thought Woods’ best days were behind him,  with the golfer’s ailing back contributing to much of that belief. Mentally, Jordan never doubted the 81-time PGA Tour winner, but the basketball legend admitted his surprise at his friend overcoming his chronic back issues.

“I never thought he’d get back physically. He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable. Mentally, you always think you can. But you can’t answer to what your body has to deal with.”

As for what’s next for Woods, Jordan believes the sky is the limit, firing this warning to the 43-year-old’s rivals.

“They got problems. His confidence is only going to build from here. The unknown is the biggest thing. He’s won a Tour event, he’s won the Masters, he’s won a major.”

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