Sunday 23 July 2017

Winners like Rory need the right kind of woman

Airtight: Rory McIlroy with Erica Stoll in December 2015 Photo: Darren Kidd /Press Eye
Airtight: Rory McIlroy with Erica Stoll in December 2015 Photo: Darren Kidd /Press Eye
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

After 73 attempts, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia has finally secured his first major tournament, prompting reports his fiancee Angela Akins was the secret weapon behind his win. Describing her as positive, outspoken and competitive, Garcia said she had the perfect mix to keep him in the right mental space for golf.

As most winners know, a healthy, happy relationship can have a massive impact on the final scoreboard. And Rory McIlroy is no different.

After years of a turbulent love life, the northern Irish man has learned the hard way. His engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki coincided with a notable slump in his career and sports commentators didn't feel it was beneath their expertise to look to the social columns for the answers.

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