Rory McIlory feels he is winning majors again because he broke off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy said before the final round of the PGA Championship.
McIlroy broke up with Wozniaki at the end of May in a three-minute phone call after the couple had sent out wedding invitations. Since then, he has won three tournaments in a row, including the British Open and the PGA Championship. He also won the World Golf Championships in Ohio.
He told ESPN’s UK affiliate that, “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,” he said. “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.”
Turns out the Black Knight was right last year.
In an interview with TalkSport last year, legendary Gary Player said McIlroy “has a few problems at this stage of his life but everyone has problems. There is no Utopia everyone has a problem of some kind. He’ll sort it out. He’s got wonderful parents. He’s got great talent. He’ll come back.”
“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,” Player said. “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.”