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Rory McIlroy refuses to discuss rumors about breakup with Caroline Wozniacki


Struggling with his on-course game and seemingly having issues in his personal life, Rory McIlroy attempted to put on a brave face but declined to discuss anything remotely related to his personal life while speaking with reporters in advance of this week’s Korean Open in Seoul, South Korea.

The persistent rumors regarding his personal life begin and end with a story published by the Irish Independent over the weekend that alleges McIlroy had dumped Wozniacki over an unflattering photo she posted online of him sleeping.

If there were any truth to the rumors, Rory wasn’t going to say one way or the other.

McIlroy was more than tight-lipped about his relationship with Wozniacki and put the kibosh on any further inquires regarding his personal life.

“My private life is private and I would like to keep it that way,” McIlroy said.

Meanwhile, Wozniacki went on the offensive in an attempt to dispel rumors of the relationship’s demise, telling a Danish newspaper that she is growing tired of dealing with the endless speculation.

“I’m so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter. There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private. It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread the rumors. They write just what they want.

“[…] All is well [with the relationship], and then there’s not much more to say about it. I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation.”

But that isn’t all that’s going on behind the scenes for McIlroy. Ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season but struggling the entire way, he has dropped to No. 6 in the world amid speculation that an equipment change to Nike in light of his endorsement agreement with the brand may have led to his struggles, something Rory denies.

“Mechanically my golf swing … I fell into a couple of bad habits, and I was trying to work myself out of it. It affects mental issues as well,” McIlroy said. “Golf is a game of confidence, and if you are confident it allows you to play better and freer … with a free mind. Definitely nothing to do with equipment.”

McIlroy also is gearing up for what should be a contentious legal proceeding involving his former management company. He accuses Horizon Sports Management and its leading agent, Conor Ridge, of misleading him and being “primarily concerned with maximising their own share of any commission.”

In the end, McIlroy, despite his rapid ascension to the top of the golf world, is only 24 years old, so there is plenty of time for the young man to get things back on track, something he insists he intends on doing after learning some valuable lessons about golf — and life — during this difficult run.

“I learned a lot this year,” McIlroy said. “I was undergolfed for the first three to four months. It’s the first year I struggled and I didn’t live up to the expectation. This year is a little bit of a disappointment, but I have six tournaments left and will finish the season strongly.”