Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie Caroline Wozniacki during the Par 3 Contest prior to the …
Reports that Rory McIlroy's relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was on the rocks could be wide of the mark.
It was widely reported that the twice Major winner had ended his two-year relationship with Wozniacki, but the Dane dismissed the stories as "rumours" and called on the media to end the speculation about the relationship.
"I'm so tired of the rumours. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter," the former world number one told Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet.
"There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private.
"It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread the rumours. They write just what they want."
Wozniacki, who has slipped to in the world rankings, said: "All is well" with the relationship.
"I just want to be allowed to live my life off the court without all the speculation," she added.
McIlroy, for his part, remained tight-lipped over the rumours.
McIlroy, speaking at a news conference in Seoul ahead of this week's Korea Open, deflected questions about his relationship with the Danish tennis player.
"My private life is private and I would like to keep it that way," the Northern Irishman said in the South Korean capital.
McIlroy and Wozniacki are one of sport's glamour couples and were frequently seen supporting each other when their hectic schedules allowed.
While the Dane moved to squash reports of a break-up, the Daily Telegraph said the 23-year-old was "absolutely devastated" about the breakdown of her relationship with the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA champion.
Prior to her denial, a report claimed that the photograph Wozniacki posted of McIlroy on Twitter "was one of the final straws" that persuaded the golfer to split with the tennis star.
The 24-year-old apparently dumped Wozniacki - who described him as her "ideal boyfriend" - after a two-year relationship in the hope of getting back on course in his career and retaining his status as the world's top-ranked golfer.
But a picture posted on Twitter may also have played a factor.
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 16, 2013
The Irish Independent made the claim in their report on the couple's split:
Friends say a photograph posted by Caroline on Twitter, 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 ended days after the picture had been posted to millions of fans online. But friends say Caroline is still struggling to accept that the pair have split up.
"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 this newspaper.
"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."
McIlroy begins a month-long tour of Asia on Monday that is set to earn him well in advance of £3 million in appearance fees alone.
He will pocket $1.5m before even teeing up a ball at the Korea Open and it is believed an even greater fee awaits as he turns up for the BMW Masters in Shanghai next week.
He will board a private plane to travel 1,200 miles to the Chinese resort of Haikou to play an '18-hole showdown' with Tiger Woods that will be worth another $1m before heading straight back to Shanghai for the lucrative WGC Championship.
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