Category: Caroline Wozniacki

November 14, 2013

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy rendezvous in Dubai

Posted at 5:07 PM by Mike Walker

Caroline_640Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy at the WP World Tour Championship on Thursday (Getty Images).

Earlier this week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Rory McIlroy sounded like he's finally starting to settle down and get back to work after a busy season off the course in which he signed a lucrative new equipment deal and changed representation. On Thursday, it looked like McIlroy's love life might be settling down as well when girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki showed up to cheer him on in the first round of the tournament. The Guardian has the details:

The latest set of rumors surrounding the supposed break-up of McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki's relationship surfaced last month. Both refused to comment on those stories, but a small sign of their inaccuracy came when McIlroy tweeted in praise of Wozniacki's first tournament victory of the year, at the Luxembourg Open.

Some suggested on Thursday that Wozniacki's visit to the Race to Dubai finale – she was also here last year – confirmed the Dane and her boyfriend are back on. The reality may well be that they were never off.

"It was nice," said McIlroy of Wozniacki's arrival. "She started her pre-season a couple of days ago and was on court this morning at seven o'clock. So she got some practice in before coming to see me. It's good to have her here."

McIlroy shot 71 in the first round on Thursday.

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August 28, 2013

What breakup? Rory at U.S. Open to cheer on Caroline

Posted at 10:53 AM by Scooby Axson


The unwritten rules of Twitter say that if you have a picture of you and your significant other as an avatar, and you switch it back to a picture of yourself, then your relationship must be in trouble. 

Not so, says Rory McIlroy. 

"Just because we changed our Twitter profile picture doesn't mean that we're not together," the golfer said.

McIlroy and his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, have been the subject of breakup rumors over the past couple of days. 

McIlroy, who finished tied for 19th at last weekend's Barclays tournament, said everything is fine in the relationship and as proof was in New York to cheer his girlfriend on to a straight set victory in her first round matchup at the U.S. Open. 

The Irish Independent reported Sunday that the relationship had collapsed, saying that Wozniacki was “utterly distraught.” McIlroy and Wozniacki did not exactly deny the rumors of a breakup. 

“I’d love to know who this source is,” said McIlroy to The Telegraph, in reference to the “source close to him” who had been named in the original story.

(Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

August 25, 2013

Rory, Caroline dispute breakup reports

Posted at 10:58 AM by Mike Walker

Rory_carolineRory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, the glamor couple of the sporting world who have dated since 2011, are splitsville, according to the Irish Independent.

The sad break-up has been described as "very difficult" for the couple, but in particular for Wozniacki who was besotted with the 24-year-old golfer. They had been dating since they met at a boxing match in Germany in 2011 and their very public romance charmed the world.

The twice major winner is believed to have initiated the split, but has stopped short of making the news public.

A source close to McIlroy told the Sunday Independent yesterday: "They're done, it's over." He was asked by the New York Post on Friday about the relationship, following his second round at The Barclays event in New Jersey.

However, instead of announcing any break-up, he said: "Uh-huh, yeah, it's all good. Just because we changed our Twitter profile picture doesn't mean that we're not together. But yeah, it's all good."

Of course, this report is not the first time newspapers have reported on a McIlroy-Wozniacki breakup and those earlier reports were proven wrong. McIlroy sent out a tweet on Sunday morning that advised his followers to take what they read with a grain of salt:

Wozniacki restored Rory to her Twitter profile picture and followed up with a message of her own Sunday afternoon.

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Photo: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki in Miami in March 2013 (Getty Images)

July 29, 2013

Gary Player 'perturbed' by Rory McIlroy's decision-making

Posted at 11:50 AM by Coleman McDowell

The last two times we've seen Rory McIlroy on a major stage he's been bending a wedge in anger at Merion and lamenting himself as "brain-dead" en route to missing the cut at Muirfield.

Just a quick reminder: In 2012, Rory was the world's No. 1 player, PGA Tour Player of the Year, the leading money winner on Tour and won the PGA Championship at Congressional by a record eight strokes.

Since switching to Nike at the beginning of this season, McIlroy has had stretches of "Old Rory" -- Let's remind ourselves, he's only 24 -– followed by rounds in the 70s.

His season so far (major results bolded): T33, WD, T8, T45, 2, T25, T10, T8, T57, T41, MC.

What happened? Can it be pin-pointed to the new swoosh adorning his apparel? Or his young love romance with Caroline Wozniacki? Is Tiger just bullying him too much?

Well, nine-time major champ Gary Player thinks its related to the 24-year-old's decision-making so far in 2013, in an interview with My Sporting Life.

"I love Rory McIlroy. He’s got talent like you can’t believe but I was quite perturbed when I saw him win the US Open and then the next tournament that he played was one month later. You can’t do that. What he should have done was take a week off after winning the US Open to settle down and then play two tournaments and then the Open. You’ve got to prepare properly."

"When you’re in love as a young man, naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It’s natural. Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives. But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he’s got to make sure he has a woman like I’ve got, who has been married [to me] for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices. He’s got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he’s dedicated, he could be the man.”

For clarification, Player sent this following this tweet Monday morning:

Related: Young love is a "distraction" for Rory, says Johnny Miller

Photos: Rory at Caroline's tennis exhibtion

(Photo: Getty)

July 12, 2013

Young love is a 'distraction' for Rory, says Johnny Miller

Posted at 1:04 PM by Josh Sens

Rory_caroline_300Ah, young love.

So sweet. So touching.

So bad for your golf game.

So said Johnny Miller, when asked to identify the source of 24-year-old Rory McIlroy’s recent struggles.

“I think he’s in love for the first time,” NBC’s lead golf analyst told the San Francisco Chronicle, speaking of Rory in the run-up to next week’s British Open Championship.

“It’s a wonderful feeling, and it’s distracting.”

Not that Rory’s relationship with Caroline Wozniacki is completely to blame.

In addition to emotions, Miller blamed McIroy’s mechanics, noting that an open shoulder at address appeared to be causing the young star to “scoop” shots, leaving them short.

“His 9-iron and wedge have been really horrendous, and he just lost the magic with his putting,” Miller said. “He’s hit the grand slam of things you have to watch out for when you’re at the top. He’s a bit of a mess.”

Contributing further to the chaos, Miller said, was McIlroy’s recent equipment switch.

“I would say it’s one thing to change your driver or wedge, but you’re asking for huge trouble when you change all your clubs and your golf ball at the same time. I did it with Wilson, and I went into an immediate slump for four or five months.”

Winless this season, McIroy missed the cut in his last two starts in Europe, and has mostly made a mess of his Stateside starts this year.

Along the way, he has lost his top spot in the World Golf Rankings, falling behind another (relatively) young lovebird, Tiger Woods.

Photo: Caroline Wozniacki caddies for Rory McIlroy during the Par 3 Contest at the 2013 Masters (Getty Images).

April 08, 2013

Caroline Wozniacki to caddie for Rory McIlroy in Masters Par 3

Posted at 9:57 AM by Mike Walker


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.

Photo: Getty Images

March 09, 2013

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki respond to questions about their relationship

Posted at 11:28 PM by Coleman McDowell

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."

March 04, 2013

Are Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki splitting?

Posted at 5:18 PM by

Rory-CarolineIs 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!”


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January 04, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 4, 2013

Posted at 11:55 PM by Mike Walker
Bubba1. Bubba Watson, on his history of panic attacks


“I’m afraid of three things: I’m afraid of crowds, I’m afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of heights.”



2. Rory McIlroy, on why he might not compete in the 2016 Olympics

"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.”


Johnny3. Johnny Miller, on what he expects from Tiger Woods in 2013

"I think he's due for a win at the Masters. It'll be interesting to see if he can get all the little bugs out of his head."



Carl4. Carl Pettersson, on the anchored-putter ban

“It feels a bit like a witch hunt to me. They keep harping on the younger generation using them, but I think they're going to ban it because it looks bad.”



Caroline 5. Caroline Wozniacki, denying that she received an engagement ring from McIlroy

"It was a Christmas present and it fit on this finger and I put it on."



Gary6. Gary Player, on why he supports the ban on anchored putting

“If you have a slight tremble with putting, you can never be a superstar or win majors. Straightaway, when you anchor it, it takes away the tremor.”



Hunter7. Hunter Mahan, on his off-season visit to Israel in November

“There were missiles at Tel Aviv and we were in Tel Aviv. Once we heard that and once my wife heard that, she said, ‘We're out of here.’”



Charlie8. Charlie Beljan, on disliking food

“I've eaten the same Subway sandwich five days a week for the last eight years and haven't changed it, and I'm not willing to try.”



Stricker9. Steve Stricker, on his ‘semi-retirement’ at age 45

“When I get home, I'm not there. I'm focused on where I go next. ... I've had enough of being totally focused on golf.”



Monty10. Colin Montgomerie, on being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

“I had my fun in America but at the same time all good banter and good competition, and I'm very competitive, and so were they and it made it quite interesting.”

Rory McIlroy helps girlfriend face fear of heights in Sydney

Posted at 1:21 PM by Samantha Glover

Rather than competing in Hyundai's Tournament of Champions, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy traveled to Sydney with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki this week.

While sightseeing, the two made a trip to the Sydney Tower Eye SKYWALK, one of the city's tallest buildings, forcing Wozniacki to come face-to-face with her fear of heights.

Delighted that she had overcome her fear, Wozniacki took to Twitter afterwards:

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