Breaking (up) news: McIlroy reportedly phoned it in
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Rory and Caroline in better times

Let’s hope he didn’t call her collect!

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki had an immensely public relationship and courtship, and now, their break-up is (still) very much in the spotlight. While Rory said the split was “mutual and amicable,” apparently it might not have been, according to the latest various reports.

McIlroy, who returns to action at this week’s Memorial Tournament, reportedly broke up with Wozniacki over a three-minute phone conversation, via Neil Harman from The Times of London:

Caroline Wozniacki played tennis in a lovely old arena at Roland Garros yesterday but would rather have been in Belfast, asking Rory McIlroy to his face why he left her this way. Except that the last time he called, less than a day after telling her how much he loved her, it was a three-minute conversation she thought was a joke.

(McIlroy was actually already in Ohio — not Belfast — but minor details.)

Yikes! Ouch!

In his press conference Wednesday afternoon at Muirfield Village, he was asked (by yours truly) for his side of the story. McIlroy more or less declined to comment.

Q.  I’m going to ask you a question you probably don’t want to answer, but it’s being reported everywhere that you broke up with Caroline over the phone in a three-minute conversation and she thought it was a joke at first.  In an effort to be fair, we wondered if we could hear your side of the story or if you care to comment. 

RORY MCILROY:  I’m here to talk about my golf.

(His response was as pleasant, not to mention uncomfortable, as possible.)

McIlroy revealed he had called it quits with his now former fiancee, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, last week on the eve of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, which McIlroy went on to win after overcoming a seven-shot deficit heading into the final round.

Wozniacki, who had her own competition earlier this week at the French Open, didn’t fare so well, losing in the first round. Afterward, she said “(the breakup) came as a bit of a shock.”

As I mentioned, their relationship was extremely public, with both of them consistently posting pictures of each other and together via their social media channels, so their split is receiving the expected amount of attention. McIlroy might have been able to keep it quiet, but he decided to release a statement and then face the press just hours later last Wednesday. Looking back, would he have divulged the bad news any differently?

“Honestly, I don’t know,” said McIlroy.  “It’s one of those things that it was a very public relationship.  And I thought it was best that  instead of letting it linger and rumors, just to have it right there as soon as possible.”

And if and when he’s involved in another relationship, would it be as public as the one with Wozniacki?

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s only been a week, so I’m not thinking that far ahead, to be honest.”

Meanwhile, back to the golf. Rory’s thrilled to be back at Muirfield Village.

“I think (The Memorial Tournament is) one of the best events on the PGA Tour, one of the best events that we have,” he said. “Great golf course.  It’s run incredibly well, obviously, with Jack being so heavily involved.  A lot of guys want to show up and show their support for the tournament.  And he’s assembled one of the best fields of the year.

“It’s good to be here, obviously coming off the back of a win last week.  My game feels in really good shape.  It has felt in good shape for the last few months.  And it was really nice to get that win at the weekend and gives me some confidence coming into here and obviously the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks’ time.

“I’m delighted to be back.  Looking forward to getting ready and getting started in the tournament tomorrow.”

Speaking of next month’s U.S. Open, the second major of the season, McIlroy has not been to Pinehurst No. 2 yet, but he plans to go on Sunday evening and spend next Monday and Tuesday there.

“There’s going to be a lot of visualization and imagination needed,” he said of Pinehurst. “And that’s why I’m going to go up there early and see what I need, what different shots that I need around the greens.

“But from what I hear, I’m looking forward to the fairways, (which) are going to be a little more generous than they usually are at a U.S. Open, and it will encourage guys to get driver in their hand.  It’s going to be a long golf course, so you get driver in your hand and you can be aggressive off the tee, which obviously I like.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing it next week and seeing what sort of challenges it’s going to present.”