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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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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: McIlroy going back to 2010 swing? | Jacklin blasts USGA I Baba Booeyism

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Good morning, GolfWRX members. As most of you are signed up for our newsletters, you likely already know that I’ve been sending this little Morning 9 roundup of nine items of note.

In case you’ve missed it, or you prefer to read on site rather than in your email, we’re including it here. Check out today’s Morning 9 below.

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

 

Good Friday morning, golf fans. The days only get shorter from here, so get out there and play some golf. And if you’re in the NYC area and looking for a fourth, well, consider dropping a line to the email above!
1. A bounceback for Spieth, McIlroy (who’s going back to 2010)
As you may have seen, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, both of whom missed the cut at the U.S. Open, started the Travelers Championship strong. Spieth was tied for the lead a 7 under, and McIlroy was a stroke back at the end of round one.
Most interestingly, however, is this tidbit from McIlroy (h/t Geoff Shackelford via a Reuters report)
  • “I’m trying to get back to the way I swung in 2010, 2011 and it’s sort of hard because my body’s changed quite a bit since then,” the 29-year-old, whose muscular frame now is a far cry from the scrawny teenager of days gone by, told reporters.
  • “The feeling I have now is the feeling I had in the middle of 2009…That’s basically what I did over the weekend. I got a feeling that really resonated and brought me back to a time when I was swinging really well, and sort of went with that feeling.”
2. Another assault on the USGA
This time, it’s Tony Jacklin taking the USGA to task (via bunkered)
  • “Shinnecock Hills has always been a great test over the years, but the USGA have messed it up again..This kind of thing seems to be becoming a habit for them, as the way the course was set-up on Saturday was just ludicrous. It seems like they end up with egg on their face every time and most of the players were disgusted.”
  • “If I’d have been playing and seen the course set-up the way it was, I would have been angry. It was madness. It wasn’t a fair test of golf and the element of luck played a big role in costing some people dearly.”
  • “The whole thing turned into a joke on Saturday and you just hate to see it at that level of the game with a major championship up for grabs. I’m sure the USGA will make their excuses but I just don’t understand it at all.”
3. Baba Booey for Life!
A contentious forum thread turned hot front page article is built around these remark from GolfWRX member Stickner.
  • “For those that think noise while a player hits shouldn’t be allowed, you must also believe that fans should NEVER make noise…A player with a large gallery jars a 70 footer for eagle to take the lead. The crowd erupts! This should not be allowed.
  • “Why you ask? There are other golfers well within earshot of the noise. This could disrupt their game. Why does the nearby player you can see deserve the “courtesy of quiet” but the one 400 yards away that you can’t see doesn’t?
  • “We have all seen players back off because the crowd erupted on another hole. What happens when that eruption happens in the backswing right before the player is about to transition to the downswing? Those boisterous hooligans need to keep their traps shut as this is a gentleman’s game right?
  • “Being quiet while someone plays golf is silly. My guess is that the elitist snobs that played this game a century ago needed a scapegoat when hitting a bad shot and noise became their scapegoat.”
4. Sympathy for the putt-raker?
Luke Kerr-Dineen writes that, while purists, traditionalists, and the media have raked Phil Mickelson over the coals, many average golfers have to sympathize with Lefty’s putt-raking.
  • “Well, isn’t that just a variation of something stupid we’ve all done. Snapped a club or thrown a club or taken your ball and marched home. As much as we love this silly game and all the beautiful moments within, it’s at times completely and utterly infuriating. Often you can laugh it off. Sometimes it drives you a bit mad.”
  • “In light of Mickelson’s apology, it seems more and more like he simply momentarily snapped. In that, it was an act so many people can relate to on a human level. It’s why, when most fans look back on this in the future, it won’t be with disdain. It’ll be with a grin and a shake of the head. We’ve all been there, and we know how it feels. And so does Phil.”
5. Pro golf as a team sport
Ed Myers looks at the supporting casts around top players and asks the chicken vs. egg question.
  • “Do a little research on the top PGA Tour players, and what you’ll see is that most (if not all of them) employ a team of diverse professionals that support their efforts to perform on the golf course. Take two-time major champion Zach Johnson; he has a team that includes a caddie, a swing instructor, a sports psychologist, a physiotherapist, an agent, a statistician, a spiritual mentor, a financial adviser… and of course his wife.”
  • “I know this seems like a lot, and maybe even too much,” Johnson readily admitted. “But each individual has their place. Each place is different in its role and capacity. In order for me to practice, work out and just play golf, I need these individuals along the way. There is a freedom that comes with having such a great group that allows me to just play.”
6. Why don’t you just get on Twitter then?
But really, Michael Bamberger’s occasional roundup of the things he’d have tweeted had he been on Twitter is good stuff.
Here are a couple
  • “Amy had it exactly correct on Father’s Day: Phil had a bad day in the office. Too bad he didn’t acknowledge that after playing on Saturday.”
  • “I miss the old stern USGA. Mike Davis is a truly knowledgeable and caring golf person. He had nothing to apologize for Saturday night. Courses change with the wind, literally and figuratively.”

More of ’em.

7. The curse of Shinnecock Hills
Bruce Buschel of the East Hampton Star files a piece from perspective of, you now, the tribe whose name, likeness, and land the U.S. Open featured.
A taste…
  • “The golf course logo is a different matter. It’s insulting – it’s a cartoon Indian with a big hook nose wearing a war bonnet festooned with an arrow and a putter. Like a kindergarten coloring book circa 1955. So the tribe requested a redesign or a flat-out removal. They got neither. Shinnecocks don’t have much luck when negotiating with the white man, not here, there, or anywhere.”
  • “Many Shinnecock do not appreciate being called Native Americans. They were here long before America was discovered by Leif Erikson, by Christopher Columbus, and by Amerigo Vespucci. First Nation would be more accurate. Indigenous people would suffice. Even Indian is preferable to Native American.”
  • “The Shinnecocks take no glee in the public disasters that have befallen Shinnecock Hills since the tribe was excommunicated, since the indigenous people were removed as caretakers of their own land….No one talks about karma. And no one talks about the Curse of Shinnecock Hills…Someone should.”
8. Well…
If curiosity is getting the better of you, a few shots from Greg Norman’s spread in ESPN’s upcoming body issue are circulating.
9. ESPY voting
Speaking of the Worldwide Leader, ESPN has announced the candidates for best male and female golfer–to be revealed at the July 18 awards show.
And the nominees are…
  • Male...Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed
  • Female...Shanshan Feng, Inbee Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung-Hyun Park
You can vote here and here.
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