Glum Caroline Wozniacki watches as Rory McIlroy wilts in desert sun
Rory McIlroy's form has been a pain in the neck for many of his loyal fans this year and yesterday proved no different as he failed to retain his World Tour Championship title in Dubai.
On-again, off-again girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki wasn't feeling the cold shoulder as she watched Rory put in a performance that looked back to his best on Saturday, only to be outdone on the final day by Sweden's Henrik Stenson.
After a long and bumpy year, for the Co Down man's form and his relationship, there were promising signs that Rory is on course for a return to form.
It wasn't enough to put a smile on the tennis star's face despite their relationship being back on track and she looked on glumly as Rory failed to conquer the desert.
Saturday's spectacular round of 67 wasn't enough to push McIlroy on and he had a mixed final day to finish joint fifth and 10 shots behind the leader.
McIlroy revealed on the tour that he had been consulted on the possibility of bringing one of the sport's major tournaments to Ireland.
Royal Portrush has been spoken as a possible venue for the USPGA Championship.