Rory McIlroy shot a nine-under par 63 during today's first round of the Memorial in Muirfield Village. It is the lowest opening round at the tournament since 1975. Last week, McIlroy won the BMW PGA Tour event in Wentworth, immediately after breaking up with fiancee' Caroline Wozniacki via phone, days after the wedding invitations were mailed.
Caroline Wozniacki's career has not been thriving like Rory's. The #13 seed at this year's French Open was ousted in three sets from her very first match, losing to Yanina Wickmayer, ranked #64 in the world of women's tennis. The Associated Press reported that Wozniacki was 6-1 against Wickmayer prior to this loss.
Wozniacki had to fend off multiple questions from media about her personal life disintegration, asking for privacy but admitting her mental state was not ideal to play one of the four Grand Slams of the year. She did want to give a shout out to supporters. "The only thing I really have to say is that, you know, [I want to] thank everybody for their support and sweet messages."
Stories have circulated since McIlroy dumped Caroline via phone --- he in Britain, she in France. One such story has it that the conversation was no more than a couple of minutes in length and that Wozniacki was reported to have thought it was a joke. Guess who the joke was on?
There's no good way to give someone that kind of bad news, but it seems likely that this had been brewing for a while. The couple visited during the week prior to the split. Should we presume the worst about McIlroy and call him a wuss to avoid a face-to-face conversation, or just chalk it up to love being messy?
The pubic nature of their lives and the necessity to go out in public and ply their trade in front of paying customers who are close enough to see every facial expression makes this a cringe-worthy situation. One can only surmise that Caroline Wozniacki would have preferred to have privacy in the aftermath, but there would be no way she'd pull out of the French. Not only are there only so many chances to win a Slam, but allowing her former fiance to see her sweat? Wasn't going to happen.
It looks like McIlroy is losing the pubic relations battle, but winning the bounce-back contest. There's that old chestnut that women mourn while men replace, after a breakup. Golf is the replacement for Rory, at least for now. Caroline needs a bit more time, but as her opponent Wickmayer said about the Danish tennis star, "I think she's strong. She's going to recover."