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McIlroy missed mark with phone-call break-up with Wozniacki

- May 28th, 2014
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Rory McIlroy with then-fiancee Caroline Wozniacki in happier days at the Masters golf tournament. (David Cannon/Getty Images/AFP)

So Caroline Wozniacki lost in the first round at the French Open.

Perfectly understandable, if you ask me.

It can be a tad difficult to focus after being dumped by your fiancee, after all, even a former world No.1. And dumped by phone, no less.

Yes, word slipped out Wednesday at Roland Garros that golfer Rory McIlroy gave Wozniacki the big heave-ho in a three-minute phone call, according to the Times of London. Not in person. Not face to face. By phone.

I hate to borrow Keyshawn Johnson’s catchphrase but …  c’mon man! That’s not how a man does things, dude.

Woznicki, who was upset by Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, didn`t want to get into specifics about the breakup but did address it with a statement before her post-match presser.

“What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me,” she said. “You know, I just have to move on.”

Good for her.

Sure, it’s tough for two globe-trotting professional athletes to arrange a face-to-face, especially if one of them knows a break-up will be the first speaking point. But there must have been a better way for McIlroy to handle the situation.

Man up, get it done and, as Woz says, move on. Yeah, it can be painful but that`s life.

Before you think I’m being unfair to McIlroy, know this — I`m a fan of the kid. Hey, he`s Irish (note I said Irish, not Northern Irish; he should play for Ireland at the Rio Olympics, not the U.K.), which is enough to get my backing.

But there`s no way I can condone him not having the stones to break up with someone in person, if that is in fact how it went down.

And if Wozniacki needs a hug, I`m here for her. I`ll do that in person, too.

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3 comments

  1. Jim | May 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Mind your own business

  2. Will | May 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Wow, that was tacky. BTW keep dreaming Dave. :-)

  3. 2manchew | May 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

    How did this make news? I thought it was written by a 12 year old girl.

    You can’t submit that you “may” know one of the facts. The last time together words are spoken or worst yet, one party knows something and leaves in a rage.

    If Rory called to confirm firm break up on the phone that is his business. What kind of a drama queen writes an article about how they broke up? It is none of your business quite frankly.

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