Golf. Gym. Win.
This is Rory McIlroy's code in his new, post-Caroline Wozniacki life.
It's a spartan existence, but the 25-year-old golf pro recently admitted that calling it off with his Danish tennis star fiancee has helped him to "refocus" on the game.
The Daily Mail's Derek Lawrenson reports that McIlroy spoke to the media about his recent success after Round 2 of the PGA Championship.
The Northern Irishman admitted life after Wozniacki has been more conducive to developing his golf game.
"I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf," he said. "I've put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now? I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it's just my life at the minute."
McIlroy admitted that while he's always taken golf seriously, he now devotes more time and effort to his craft than ever: "I worked pretty hard before but the past couple of months I've really just buried myself in my game. It obviously works pretty well, so I am going to keep doing it."
And he's stronger than he was eight weeks ago, as he explained in his press conference prior to the PGA Championship, per The Independent:
I've always had the speed and I've always had the power, but I haven't really had maybe the strength or the stability to hold on to it my whole way through the swing.
I've put on three kilograms of muscle in the last eight weeks, so that definitely helps. I'm the heaviest I've ever been (12st 4lb). But does that mean I want to get heavier and try to put on more distance? I don't feel like I need to.
If I can hit it over 300 yards and in the fairway most of the time, I'm happy enough with that.
Feel that? That's the collective shuddering of every last player on the PGA circuit.
For the last two months, the best golfers in the world have tangled with a dialed-in McIlroy and lost. Since breaking up with Wozniacki, the resurgent 25-year-old has won two majors—The Open Championship and the PGA Championship—and stormed back to the become the No. 1 golfer in the world after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a week before his PGA title.
He also picked up a nifty win at the BMW PGA Championship back in May—an appetizer for things to come.
While McIlroy's success may be a direct product of his new bachelorhood, calling Wozniacki an impediment would likely be misplacing the onus. McIlroy allowed himself to be distracted in the same way he now allows himself to focus.
Either way, McIlroy's head is clear, his shots are falling and the scariest part is he may just be getting started. He's married to the game, and for now, it loves him back.
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