McIlroy: Winning 'not directly related' to breakup


Since ending his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in May, Rory McIlroy has won two majors, a WGC event, the flagship tournament on the European Tour and returned to the top spot in the world rankings.

Any cause and effect between the two? Not according to McIlroy.

The 25-year-old said in an interview with NBC's Today that his recent run of dominance on the course has nothing to do with what has transpired off the course this summer, despite reports to the contrary.

"That was taken out of context and spun by the media," McIlroy said. "What I was trying to say was, it's not directly related in any way. I may or may not have a little bit more time on my hands these days, but that doesn't mean to say that is why I'm playing great golf. Regardless of if I'm in any sort of relationship or not, I'm capable of this golf."

After victories at both the Open Championship and PGA Championship, with a WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title sandwiched in between, McIlroy will go for four wins in a row this week when the FedEx Cup playoffs begin with The Barclays. While his four major titles have reignited comparisons with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, McIlroy insisted that he is still simply looking to forge his own path.

"It's a huge compliment to me to be compared to Tiger or Jack," said McIlroy, adding that "no one will be able to replicate" Woods' run through the majors in the late '90s and early 2000s. "I don't by any means think I'm the next Tiger. I'm the first Rory McIlroy, the only Rory McIlroy."