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Has Rory McIlroy split from tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki?

BY NIAMH HORAN

Rory McIlroy has ended his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, according to a Sunday newspaper.

The world-class tennis player is said to be "absolutely devastated" by the Northern Irish golfer's decision, having recently made her intentions clear that she wanted to give the relationship another go.

"Yes they are over. It's a difficult time for them both but it is for the best in the long run," a source told the Sunday Independent.

It said friends revealed an unflattering photograph posted by Caroline on Twitter in September, which showed her boyfriend in a deep sleep, was one of the final straws for the number-one golfer.

One source said: "Rory was very upset by it and even Serena Williams pointed out – albeit in a joking way – it was a pretty mean thing to do."

The relationship reportedly ended days after the picture had been posted to thousands of fans online.

"There were a lot of tears. She still has her profile picture on her social-networking site set as the two of them in happier times, but I can tell you the pair are no longer an item," a source told the Independent.

"Rory has a lot of respect for Caroline and their time together was good, but he feels it's time to move on now. And he wishes her nothing but the best."

While Rory spent the week at home having dinner with former American president Bill Clinton before playing a round of golf in Portmarnock with the one-time world leader, flanked by six secret service men, Caroline spent time in Monaco.

In recent days the tennis ace has tweeted some eyebrow-raising comments, including one in which she said she was trying to get "some aggression out" Rocky Balboa-style. The post appeared alongside a photograph of Caroline in a pair of boxing gloves.

The tennis star also enjoyed a girls' night out in Copenhagen with a group of friends, when she cryptically tweeted: "Life is like Twitter. I just have to post what I feel, retweet the good memories, delete the drama and follow my dreams."

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old golfer has stayed clear of the social-networking site for two weeks, despite typically being an avid user of the forum.

When contacted by the Sunday Independent, his new PR team said: "The Communications Clinic does not comment on Rory's private life." But they confirmed he is about to jet off to Asia this week, where he will spend up to two months. When reports originally surfaced that the pair had ended their relationship, McIlroy took to Twitter, saying informed sources were "wrong 99.9 per cent of the time".

However, he did not deny the split. After McIlroy's comment, Wozniacki responded to his tweet saying: "Ha ha. That's not a very good percentage. Lol."

The pair, who have been at the centre of media speculation about the state of their relationship since then, also put on a very public display of affection as they shopped in Manhattan late last month, holding hands and getting touchy feely with each other.

Twice that week, the couple wore the same matching pink sports shirts, as they hit stores like Burberry and Reiss.

In recent weeks, Wozniacki has not been shy about her love for the golfer. She recently gushed to her half-a-million-strong following that One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles and McIlroy could swap jobs.

"Went to see the One Direction movie with Rory McIlroy!" she wrote online.

"They have won me over! Harry Styles and Rory should swap jobs sometimes!"

Wozniacki added the hashtag 'lookalike' to her tweet.

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