Rory McIlroy says 'golf now my girlfriend' after successful summer

Rory McIlroy says 'golf now my girlfriend' after stunning summer

Rory McIlroy says "golf is my girlfriend" as he ruled out becoming involved in a relationship for the foreseeable future four months after his break-up with Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy split from the tennis star in May, just days after invites for the couple's planned wedding were sent out.

Since then, McIlroy, 25, has gone on to land back-to-back major titles.

"Golf is my girlfriend at the minute and it's going to be that way for a while," said McIlroy.

Four days after announcing his break-up with the former women's world number one tennis player, McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy had a relationship for more than two years with Caroline Wozniacki before their split in May

A golden summer then ensued for the Northern Irishman as his Open Championship and US PGA major triumphs came either side of victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Wozniacki's tennis form has also picked up since the break-up as she reached the final at the US Open where she lost to Serena Williams six weeks after winning her first title in eight months at the WTA Istanbul Cup.

Speaking in a BBC Northern Ireland documentary on the eve of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, McIlroy made clear that golf would remain his main focus for the immediate future.

"I'm at the stage of my career and the stage of my life when I'm putting golf first.

"Golf is the priority for me right now. For the foreseeable future that is what it is going to be."

McIlroy added that the travel involved in his life made conducting a relationship difficult.

"We're never really in the same place for very long. It is hard to keep relationships going [even] if you want to start one."

Major Champions is on BBC One Northern Ireland on Wednesday, 24 September at 22:35 BST and BBC Two on Thursday, 25 September at 13:30 BST.

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