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Rory McIlroy splits from girlfriend Holly Sweeney

Rory McIlroy and Holly Sweeney
Image caption McIlroy, 22, is ranked world number four

US Open champion Rory McIlroy has split from his long-term girlfriend Holly Sweeney.

A statement released by the Holywood golfer's management team on Monday confirmed the two were no longer a couple.

"Rory McIlroy's long-term relationship with Holly Sweeney came to an amicable end before the British Open," it said.

They had previously parted ways earlier this year but reunited, featuring in a BBC documentary about his US Open win.

Holly, 20, travelled to Augusta in April to greet Rory after his hopes of winning the Masters were crushed.

She did not attend last month's US Open, where he claimed his first major title by an incredible eight shots, but congratulated him on Twitter.

The 22-year-old world number four lifted the US Open by eight shots last month.

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