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Caroline to join Rory at Irish Open... if she goes out of Wimbledon early


Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images

CAROLINE Wozniacki could well be cheering on her golfer beau Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open later this month.

Last year, the former world number one tennis player was left devastated after suffering a shock defeat in the opening round of Wimbledon.

But proving she's a good sport, the tennis pro flew across the Irish Sea to support her boyfriend on his home soil.

The pair have been each other's biggest supporters since they first got together in the summer of 2011 after McIlroy broke through for his first Major in the US. And the dates of this year's Irish Open and Wimbledon tournament coincide yet again.



It has been a disappointing season for Wozniacki on the clay courts of Europe so, should she suffer an early exit from the famous London tournament, the 22-year-old could be on the greens again at the Irish Open.

The Open is being billed 'Rory's Gathering' and runs on the Montgomerie Course from June 27-30 at Carton House, Co Kildare.

Her 24-year-old partner has spoken of how "winning the Irish Open this year would be very special".

McIlroy said: "The Irish Open for me is very special because it's my home event. I think the history that the Irish Open has as well – such a great list of champions from Nick Faldo to Seve [Ballesteros], Bernhard Langer, Sergio Garcia ... Padraig Harrington.

"It's tough to play in front of your own crowd at times, it brings its own pressures. They live and breathe every shot with you. When you make a bogey there's a big 'ahhh', and when you make a birdie it's ... you know. It's tough sometimes not to try too hard, but I'm hopefully going to win not just one Irish Open but a few in my career."

The Herald has also learned that former Lillie's Bordello pianoman Paul Harrington has been hired by Carton House to entertain the stellar line-up of golfers attending tournament.

The line-up includes Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, British Open winner Darren Clarke and US Open winner Graeme McDowell.