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March 09, 2013

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki respond to questions about their relationship

Posted at 11:28 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy

Rory_caroline_600Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy at a 2012 U.S. Open party in New York City (Getty Images).

When Rory McIlroy walked off the course last week during the Honda Classic, rumors immediately began to surface that his poor play could be linked to anything from his new Nike clubs to issues regarding his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki offered her response to reporters on Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Open. A former world No. 1 in tennis dating the current world No. 1 in golf will always be a popular story, but she said the media buzz rarely appears on her radar.

“We’ve been in the media spotlight for so long separate as well, you know, so it’s not like it’s something new,” she said. “I think we’ve gotten used to that part of it. We don’t really pay attention to it anymore. Unless it’s a rumor like the there was the other day that we’ve broken up and I was like ‘Oh really? I didn’t realize that. Thanks for letting me know.’”

During a press conference before the WGC-Championship at Doral, the world's No. 1 golfer's cited a toothache for his withdrawal and a failed swing for his poor play, but also admitted he heard the rumors swirling about his one-and-a-half year long relationship with Wozniacki.

"Just because I have a bad day on the golf course and Caroline loses a match in Malaysia, it doesn't mean that we're breaking up," he said. "It's sport. And look, I'd rather keep my private life as private as possible. Everything on that front is great, and I'm looking forward to seeing her next week when she goes to Miami."

While the couple will always remain until scrutiny, Wozniacki said she won't listen to the outside noise.

“So people can say what they want," she said. "But I have a life and I’m happy I have a life, as well."

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