Did love triangle contribute to McIlroy’s poor finish at British Open?

Caroline Wozniacki seems to be the new love interest for U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy

It was just about two weeks ago that U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy was all over the news gushing about his struggle to win back his long-time girlfriend, Holly Sweeney. That was yesterday’s headline, apparently, as the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland has reportedly broken up with Sweeney yet again and taken up with tennis champ, Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy met the top-ranked tennis player during the world heavyweight title fight in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, according to Wozniacki’s Twitter page.

“Fantastic fight!,” @CaroWozniacki tweeted on July 2. “Also met @McIlroyRory, who was sitting just behind me:) really down to earth great guy:)”

If reports and photos from a tennis blogger (who subsequently removed them from her Omes Tennis website) were authentic, perhaps a love triangle had something to do with McIlroy’s less-than-stellar close at last week’s British Open and his cranky complaints about the playing conditions that followed his T25 finish at Royal St. George’s.

McIlroy, whose management firm said its client parted amicably with Sweeney prior to the Open Championship, according to Reuters, sounded a tad whiny after ending up 12 shots off the pace of Northern Irish countryman Darren Clarke’s 5-under winning score. Moaning about the windy, soggy weather, McIlroy said he would not pull a Phil Mickelson and tweak his game to fit links golf. Instead, the pride of Holywood said he could not wait to return to the U.S. to “play when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.”

Shortly after McIlroy’s mini-tantrum, the young lad and his new honey were apparently cozying up to each other in a London restaurant and kissing on a street corner Sunday night, according to the Montreal Gazette, which printed the Omes Tennis photos and credited the blogger as the news source.

So much for the “begging and groveling” McIlroy was reduced to to win Sweeney back after last year’s breakup, according to the Daily Mail. A BBC Northern Ireland documentary about McIlroy that was scheduled to air on July 4 depicted the young lad as distraught by his split with Sweeney, whom he had dated for six years.

“I realized pretty quickly I had made a huge mistake, and I had to do a lot of begging and groveling to get her back,” McIlroy said during the report. “Holly  is fantastic….She keeps my feet on the ground and knows the things to say to me. She has been such a great support. She takes my mind off golf and everything else that is going on.”

Looks like the role of support for the curly-haired golfer will now fall to the world’s No. 1 in tennis, who tweeted Monday that she was on her way to Monaco after an adidas/Stella McCartney photo shoot in London. If the power couple is for real, there could be trouble ahead for the new lovebirds, however. McIlroy is a diehard Manchester United fan, while the Danish Wozniacki supports Liverpool F.C.

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