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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

HIS love life may be in the rough, but Rory McIlroy is having no problem picking up a few birdies.

As his ex girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki was being comforted by friends in the wake of their split, the 25-year-old Irish golfer was completing an impressive four-under-par opening round in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday.

He said he wanted to keep his head in the game and that’s exactly what he did.

Clearly determined to set any difficulties in his private life aside, Rory appeared in good spirits as he took to the course, even sinking a second-shot eagle on a par four.

Meanwhile, pals of heartbroken Caroline, who lives in Monaco, have been rallying around the 23-year-old Dane.

The tennis player is coming to terms with the end of the couple’s three-year relationship and yesterday was offered some comfort by Serena Williams.

Breaking her silence 24 hours after Rory announced the news of their sudden break-up, Caroline thanked her fans for their kind messages.

“It’s a hard time for me right now. Thanks for all the sweet messages. Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I’ll never walk alone,” she said.

Although it was a reference to the football club’s anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, there has been speculation that Caroline’s choice of words were also meant as a dig at Rory - who is a Manchester United fan.

Serena, the current world number one, was quick to respond to Caroline on the social networking site.

“I’ll always walk with you. #friendsforever,” Serena wrote.

Rory and Caroline broke up just days after sending out invitations for their November 8 wedding, which was expected to be held in New York.

“There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” Rory said at Wentworth this week.

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