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Rory McIlroy Credits Split With Caroline Wozniacki for His Improved Golf Game

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Rory McIlroy won his second straight major at the PGA Championship on Sunday. Given that his uptick in production has coincided very neatly after breaking off his engagement with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, it was natural that the media would equate the events and even ask about it. What’s relatively surprising, though, is that McIlroy essentially affirmed the narrative with his response before the third round of this weekend’s tournament. Via ESPN UK:

“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy replied when asked about what has been the catalyst for the transformation.

“I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now?

“I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it’s just my life at the minute.

“I worked pretty hard before but the past couple of months I’ve really just buried myself in my game. It obviously works pretty well, so I am going to keep doing it.”

It does seem natural that a 25-year-old would throw himself into his work to fill the void — both emotionally and time-wise — of an ended relationship. A lot of us have been there. Still, McIlroy appears to have a genuine personality and I hope that we, as a collective media and fan base, do not turn him into a joyless winning machine.

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