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Rough for Rory McIlroy at Ryder Cup without girlfriend Caroline to cheer him on

Laura Butler

Published 27/09/2012|05:00

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Rory McIlroy watches a putt on the first hole during a practice round ahead of the 2012 Ryder Cup
The wives and girlfriends of the European Ryder Cup Team (front row, left to right): Laurae Westwood; Kate Rose; Kristin Stape (girlfriend of Graeme McDowell); and Marian Lawrie plus (back row) Pernilla Bjorn; Katie Poulter; Sanna Hanson; Alison Clarke; Susanne Styblo (girlfriend of Miguel Angel Jimenez); Allison McGinley and Diane Donald at Medinah Country Golf Clubin Illinois. Photo: Getty Images
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy share a joke with Rory's father, Gerry, on the ninth fairway

GOLF'S world number one Rory McIlroy will compete in the 39th Ryder Cup without the support of girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

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As the WAGs of the golfing world come out to cheer on their men in the famous sporting event in Chicago over the coming days, 23-year-old McIlroy will take to the course without his Danish partner watching on.

Tennis player Wozniacki is playing the Toray Pan Pacific Open tournament in Tokyo this weekend and will be a notable absentee as the high profile contest unfolds.

Meanwhile, fellow Irish player Graeme McDowell -- and vice captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley -- have been joined by their partners: American interior designer Kristin Stape, newlywed Alison Clarke and Allison McGinley.

Other partners including Diane Donald, Kate Rose, Laurae Westwood, Pernilla Bjorn, Katie Poulter and Sanna Hanson will wear the European colours for the weekend.

Spain's Sergio Garcia will compete at the three-day event unaccompanied as will European captain and bachelor Jose Maria Olazabal.

The women of both the US and European teams relaxed at their hotel while the players enjoyed a practice round yesterday, ahead of this afternoon's competition opener.

A number of Hollywood celebrities have also been showing off their skills on the greens of the Medinah Country Golf Club this week.

Olympian Michael Phelps, singer Justin Timberlake and 'Lost in Translation' actor Bill Murray took part in the 2012 Ryder Cup Captains and Celebrity Scramble.

Although she did not play, Timberlake's fiance, 'Total Recall' actress Jessica Biel, watched on from the crowd.

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