Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy Split Over Embarrassing Twitter Photo

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Monday, 14 Oct 2013 02:40 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Caroline Wozniacki's relationship with Irish golf pro Rory McIlroy is over, according to multiple media reports.

The split reportedly stemmed from a photo Wozniacki posted of McIlroy on Twitter in mid-September, showing the two-time major champion golf pro in an unflattering position, sleeping shirtless with his mouth wide open while slouched over a pillow.

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Wozniacki, 23, a Danish professional tennis player who was once the World No. 1 seed on the Women's Tennis Association Tour, started dating McIlroy, 24, in 2011.

Though neither of the pro athletes have confirmed the rumors, the Irish Independent reported on Sunday that McIlroy broke it off with Wozniacki because of the embarrassing Twitter photo.

"Yes they are over. It's a difficult time for them both but it is for the best in the long run," a source close to the couple told the Irish Independent.

"There were a lot of tears. She still has her profile picture on her social-networking site set as the two of them in happier times, but I can tell you the pair are no longer an item," the source added. "Rory has a lot of respect for Caroline and their time together was good, but he feels it's time to move on now. And he wishes her nothing but the best."

Wozniacki is said to be "absolutely devastated" by the development, "lying low in Monaco as she tries to come to terms with the split," the Irish Independent wrote.

McIlroy, meanwhile, dined with President Bill Clinton last week and reportedly played a round in Ireland's Portmarnock Golf Club.

McIlroy has not apparently played as well this year as he had in years prior. He withdrew from the Honda Classic in February and struggled at the 2013 Masters Tournament, where he tied for 25th place.

In an interview with ESPN Golf, South African golf pro Gary Player weighed into the split.

"If you're a young man like Rory, you can't play with worries," Player told ESPN. "You can't have managerial problems, you can't have women problems. You've got to be out there and have a free mind. And that's why Arnold [Palmer], Jack [Nicklaus] and I won something like 55 majors between us. Because we had three wives that were very, very special."

"I can tell you, many of the pros that have done well divorced several times and they never quite reached the heights they could have if they had the wives that we had. So I've experienced this and seen this," Player added. "Now I think he's on the road to success."

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