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Rory McIlroy on living the single life: ‘Golf is my girlfriend at the minute’


After splitting with Caroline Wozniacki earlier this year, ending the longtime couple’s engagement allegedly in a three-minute phone call, Rory McIlroy took off on an unprecedented tear on the golf course.

In a remarkable run of golfing excellence that started with McIlroy winning the BMW PGA Championship less than a week later, the 25-year-old then won two majors later in the summer, the British Open and the PGA Championship, victories that sandwiched a big win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

It’s not surprising then that McIlroy, with a recent run of dominance still fresh in his mind, has decided that the single life is the good life, especially as it relates to his professional golf career.

“Golf is my girlfriend at the minute and it’s going to be that way for a while,” said McIlroy, according to BBC Sport.

It all has to do with timing, McIlroy says.

“I’m at the stage of my career and the stage of my life when I’m putting golf first,” he added in a BBC Northern Ireland documentary ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles this week. “Golf is the priority for me right now. For the foreseeable future that is what it is going to be.”

Possibly revealing what may have contributed to his split with Wozniacki, McIlroy acknowledged that the immense amount of travel associated with pro golf makes establishing and maintaining relationships difficult.

“We’re never really in the same place for very long,” McIlroy admits. “It is hard to keep relationships going [even] if you want to start one.”

Just because golf may be a priority for McIlroy at this point does not mean he hasn’t taken a liking to the life of a bachelor and the freedom it affords to date freely.

McIlroy has been spotted with several gorgeous women since his breakup with Wozniacki, including a pretty splendid July which featured outings with Irish singer/model Nadia Forde and later model Sasha Gale.

While he said shortly after the breakup with Wozniacki that he was enjoying being newly single — “‘I’m happy with everything that’s going on,” he said at the time — he’s not going to take a vow of celibacy and live the life of a monk, either.

As McIlroy admitted himself — albeit in a joking manner — if it wasn’t for golf, he’d probably be a virgin. So why not live it up and take advantage of it while he can, while the iron is hot, so to speak. There’s nothing wrong with that. So long as he keeps his eyes on the prize and maintains golf as his top priority and his primary focus. The kid is 25 after all, might as well soak it all up, as it were.

And quite frankly, can you blame him?