Does Rory McIlroy play worse when in a relationship?
“Women weaken legs,” a famous line from Rocky, Rocky Balboa’s trainer Mick tells him to shy away from women during training. I wonder if women weaken golf swings too, in that case Rory McIlroy may need another break up.
To be clear no one is telling McIlroy to divorce his beautiful new bride, Erica Stoll. The two were wed in April of this year at the lavish Ashford Castle in Ireland.
But we cannot deny the truth that McIlroy played much better after calling off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki in 2015. After he broke it off with her in December of 2015, the Irishman went on a tear, finishing two shots back of winner Adam Scott in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in his first start of 2016. He followed that up with a top-ten finish at the Masters and claimed his first win of the season at the Irish Open.
People started to see the old, dominant McIlroy again during that 2016 Irish Open. He put himself on the map with the No.1 shot in the video below, when he threw a dart on the 18th green with a fairway wood to seal his victory with an eagle.
In September of 2016 he won the Deutsche Bank Championship, but more importantly he took home the 2016 Tour Champion while winning the FedEx Cup championship. His earning from that day were $11.3 million, a $10 million purse for the FedEx cup and $1.3 million for the Tour championship victory.
You could say that 2016 ended up being a good year for one of golf’s most eligible bachelors.
Since getting married in April McIlroy has struggled as he’s missed the cut in his last two tournaments, the U.S. Open and his title defense of the Irish Open. He is in danger of missing the cut this week at the Scottish Open when he carded a 74 on Thursday.
His playing partner in the first round, Rickie Fowler seems to be embracing his taken lifestyle. Everyone remembers the iconic Ryder Cup picture of a wife-less Rickie.
Well it seems like Fowler has played significantly better with a woman by his side, I guess women strengthen Fowlers’ legs. He has been dating professional pole vaulter Allison Stokke and his golf game has improved along with his social life.
He opened up the U.S. Open with a record-tying seven-under 65, and would finish the tournament T5. Since February he has five top-five finishes and one victory. The 28-year-old is one of the favorites to win next week’s Open Championship with 20/1 odds, only Mcilroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Jon Rahm were given better odds.