Posted May 29, 2014

Padraig Harrington Defends Rory McIlroy’s ‘Brave Decision’ to Dump Caroline Wozniacki

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European Team members Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy pose with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

European Team members Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy following Europe’s 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy has been called many things since he broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki last week in a three-minute phone call, but here’s a new one.

According to The Independent, three-time major winner Padraig Harrington called the decision “brave” and praised McIlroy for ending the relationship instead taking the “simpler” path of continuing.

“It was a brave decision, there are many people who have gone through with things that they feel in hindsight that they shouldn’t have … It really was a big decision to call it off and to take all that heat and pressure and stress. It would have been simpler to keep going … I’m sure it was very difficult for the both of them and it being played out in the media is tough as well.”

Following their breakup, Mcllroy forged ahead and won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, while Wozniacki was ousted in the first round of the French Open.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki Around the World

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28 comments
RyanWaggoner
RyanWaggoner

 Please, please let me be Wozniacki's rebound fling

RyanWaggoner
RyanWaggoner

Please, please let me be Wozniacki's rebound fling

Bongo
Bongo

Well, this wasn't "brave" in the least.  Don't get me wrong, he shouldn't have stayed with her if he wasn't happy, but then why did he get engaged in the first place?  Also, if you ARE engaged, have some class and some balls and break up with her face to face.


We all do stupid things when we're young, but he didn't handle this well, that's why it became a story.

Sweetness1972
Sweetness1972

Daniel day-Lewis did it by fax, so there's that. At least Rory didn't tweet it.

2DrinksIn
2DrinksIn

with all his money, rory can go a lot hotter and younger than this chick---he needs to head to California and get some of that top shelf quality

Ken1
Ken1

With all due respect, what was he supposed to do?  If you don't love someone, you don't love them.  

Vamusiclvr
Vamusiclvr

Better now than divorce...when 25 most people don't know themselves well enough to get married and have kids

RegionRat57
RegionRat57

Breaking News! Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy announced that they are now in a 'committed relationship'.

astenson
astenson

Forget it all and get on with the golf.

PWN
PWN

Enough already.  Quit covering the story.

Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall

eeeehhhhhhhhhh .... I'm playing the golf of my life !

Debbie McLaughlin
Debbie McLaughlin

Paddy you too are an idiot. Brave? Really? He would have shown more class if the whole dam thing would have been kept private. Now enough TMZ and more golf news....

Concetta Rossetti
Concetta Rossetti

So what. He made a decision. Rather break it off or divorce in a few months from now. What would you choose?

Reedster
Reedster

Harrington is spot on in his assessment. Rory had the milk, why buy the dairy?.....

John Doiron
John Doiron

If it's not working, it's right to end it.

Ken Meltzer
Ken Meltzer

Rory and Caroline will move on from this. I'm not so sure about the sports writers, though...

Tom Tomassoni
Tom Tomassoni

he should man-up and face her instead of hiding behind other golfers

Keith Panco
Keith Panco

His romantic decisions are none of our business. This is NOT Jr high school.

sdreamer82
sdreamer82

oh yeah, it is so brave to break off an engagement with a girl you dated 3 years via 3-min phone call! So brave, he is a real hero, just give him a medal already!

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@Ken1 Not blaming the guy here better late than never but try telling  her that before you send out the wedding invitations, And in the  future don't stand next to any blonds holding a tennis racket would be my guess, just in case

JimCatCabbage
JimCatCabbage

You ARE stupid...but at least you admit it, Forrest. I guess you 'know what love is', Mr. Gump

JimCatCabbage
JimCatCabbage

Fly halfway around the world to say goodbye?

Yeah, YOU would have done it, wouldn't you?


Idiot commenters and writers. When it is over, do you think the woman would rather you fly around the world to say it in person?


By saving 2 days flying, Roy got in the needed prep for the Memorial, and shot 63.


I guess we KNOW he made the right decision, and it was absolutely the right way to say goodbye.

esgalan2
esgalan2

@sdreamer82 And what would have been "the right way" to do it ? 

I take you are an expert at breaking a marriage engagement....

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