Rory McIlroy: Breakup with Wozniacki behind my golfing success

World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy, who is on the verge of winning the PGA Championship, believes that splitting up from fiancé and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has played a major role in his recent success on the golf course.

“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy said via the Daily Mail. “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. 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.”

You can’t argue with McIlroy’s success following his breakup with Wozniacki last May right after they mailed the wedding invitations.

He has a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday.

He won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 3 and the British Open on Jul. 20.

He even won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour the Sunday after he broke up with Wozniacki during a three-minute phone call.

The Women’s Tennis Association ranks Wozniacki No. 13 in the world. Last month, she won the WTA tournament in Istanbul, Turkey — her first victory since the breakup with McIlroy.

Perhaps splitting up, while painful, was the best thing that ever happened to them.

Feature photo via Facebook/Golf Channel

Inset photo via Facebook/Caroline Wozniacki