Caroline Wozniacki will caddie for boyfriend Rory McIlroy in Wednesday's Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.
The Par 3 Contest is one of the Masters' many storied traditions. Former champions like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as well as current players compete in the nine-hole event played at the club's par-3 course, and players often have their wives, children, friends or parents caddie for them.
Wozniacki revealed on Twitter that she'd be on McIlroy's bag in response to a question from European Tour player Thorbjørn Olesen, who is playing the Masters this week.
Wozniacki won't be the first women's professional tennis star to caddie in the Par 3 Contest; Chris Evert was on then-husband Greg Norman's bag on 2009.
And, sorry US Magazine, we're not likely to see Lindsey Vonn caddie for Tiger Woods in the Par 3 Contest. Vonn is recovering from knee surgery following a frightening skiing crash in February. Woods hasn't played the Par 3 since 2003. He has said he will play when his children are old enough to caddie for him. His daughter Sam is now 5 years old.
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
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."
Is golf's globetrotting power couple on the rocks?
Rory McIlroy and his tennis-star girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki (shown at right after McIlroy won the Dubai World Championship in November), are fresh off disappointing weeks in their respective careers. Last Wednesday Wozniacki was bounced in the opening round of the Malaysian Open by Wang Qiang, who is ranked 186th in the world. McIlroy, meanwhile, withdrew from the Honda Classic on Friday eight holes into his second round. The top-ranked golfer was 7 over par, and later told reporters he wasn't mentally engaged before releasing a statement that attributed his problems to a toothache. The UK's Independent is now speculating -- speculating, not reporting -- that the couple may in fact be having relationship problems.
The pair, who are usually very communicative with one another over Twitter, have not publicly conversed on the social networking site for several days.
Last week, the Danish beauty was questioned about her future with the Co. Down golfer.
Asked if there were any marriage plans on the cards, she replied: “I think that question will be for him to answer.”
When asked if she would accept if McIlroy proposed, she laughingly brushed off the question, saying: “This is getting personal!”
"I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland.”
After losing in the opening round at the Brisbane International, Wozniacki denied that the PGA Tour Player of the Year had dropped down on one knee and proposed over the holidays.
"It was a Christmas present and it fit on this finger and I put it on," she said.
"Twice we have already had to shut down engagement rumours. Don't worry, we will let you know if that happens."
The tennis star, 22, and McIlroy, 23, have been dating since 2011. McIlroy won five events around the world in 2012 and climbed to No. 1 in the world golf ranking. Wozniacki, a former No. 1 tennis player, won two titles in 2012 and is currently ranked 10th. The high-profile duo have been spotted together numerous times in the past year.
According to reports out of Australia, McIlroy's girlfriend of more than a year, Caroline Wozniacki, sported a diamond ring on her left ring finger at the airport Friday when she arrived to compete in the Brisbane International. McIlroy has reportedly accompained Wozniacki to Australia for the tennis event, which begins Sunday.
The tennis star, 22, and McIlroy, 23, have been dating since 2011. McIlroy won five events around the world in 2012 and climbed to No. 1 in the world golf ranking. Wozniacki, a former No. 1 tennis player, won two titles 2012 and is currently ranked 10th. The high-profile duo have been spotted together numerous times in the past year.
Just before Sergio Garcia finished his victorious Monday slog through the Greensboro mud at the Wyndham, news of his impending victory was bumped down the chain by some big news from Augusta. But none of that satisfies every T&R devotee's burning question: "I wonder what Rory McIlroy is up to?"
Breathe easy, now we know. McIlroy -- along with his shiny new Wanamaker trophy -- was at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn to run a clinic for some 50 juniors, according to Bill Pennington of the New York Times. And, apparently, he wasn't responding well to some of the borough's more unique atmospheric touches:
Rory McIlroy hunched over the putt Monday, his eyes determined and fixed on the hole in the middle of the putting green.
Suddenly, a loud, piercing siren interrupted his concentration. Two fire trucks roared by on the adjacent street, alarms wailing and tires screeching. McIlroy straightened.
“I’ve never been to Brooklyn before,” he said in his Irish accent. “Got to love that.”
Then he missed the putt.
Better get used to it. He can expect to hear things both louder and more profane once he gets to Bethpage for The Barclays later this week.
No matter. Rory's preparing in his own special way: By smashing tennis balls with a golf club in an empty football stadium. Here's the video, put together by the New Haven Open, where McIlroy's girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, is the four-time defending champ:
Curious sounding tennis ball. Actually, just a curious little video all around. Expect to see much more of Rory in romantic tennis situations, though. He rolled out his first (vaguely Shakespearean) advertising photo for the WTA Tuesday, found here via WhoSay:
Apparently, Wozniacki was too busy playing tennis in New Haven to make the trip to Brooklyn.
Much has been made about Tiger Woods's "hostage video," which he posted before the Wells Fargo Championship. That was a social media play that allowed him to interact with fans while skipping the usual pre-tournament press conference. By all accounts, the roughly 15-minute session was hardly scintillating, but at 4 p.m. Tuesday on Google+ something similar happened. Woods did a 30-minute "hangout" in which he answered queries from fans.
SBNation took a look at some of the questions posted on El Tigre's Google+ site before his last session and found a few doozies that he chose to skip. Here they are for your reading pleasure:
“How many wins do you think you can pull out of your arse for the remainder of the 2012 season?” asked “Cody Miller.”
“Brian Musha” quizzed Woods about his entourage: “Do you think Elin will bring Sam and Charlie to be there when you when your 19th major championship??”
If you want to see what Tiger had to say on Tuesday, check out the 34-minute video here.
Rory McIlroy admits he took 'eye off ball' After missing the cut badly at Wentworth this weekend and losing his world No. 1 ranking, Rory McIlroy came to grips with a harsh truth about his game and life, according to the Daily Mail, and promised to hit the range to get his game in shape:
'Maybe I have taken my eye off the ball and haven't been practicing as hard as I might,' he said. 'I'm staying here and I'll be on that practice ground bright and early,' he said. 'I need to put in some hard hours on the range so I can get my game back to the level it was at earlier in the season.'
This admission comes not long after McIlroy missed the cut at The Players and then jumped on the first plane to Rome to meet his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. And where was Rory on Saturday, just a day after missing the cut? Paris, of course, as Woznicaki noted on twitter.
Luke Donald credits mental-game coach with return to No. 1 ranking After a resounding victory at Wentworth's BMW PGA Championship this weekend, Englishman Luke Donald has once again reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking from young superstar Rory McIlroy. According to Donald, his calm demeanor throughout the closing holes of the tournament, as well as the impressive growth of his stature in the golf world, is largely due to the work he's done with mental coach Dave Alred, according to the Associated Press:
"It's helped me to really be aware of my posture and how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness," Donald said. "It helps me send that message to whoever I'm playing with."
"He's certainly always on at me again about keeping the shoulders back and not getting down on myself, staying positive not just mentally but physically and through my body position," Donald said of Alred.
"So I think I've done a lot better job of it since I've been working with Dave. He's always reminding me. "It helps to feel very confident on the greens, too. It's always been a strength of mine, especially in the last four or five years."
According the Donald, Alred's biggest challenge now is helping him get the major championship victory that he dearly covets.
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