Too soon to say if McIlroy will go public again

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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Rory McIlroy hasn’t devoted too much thought yet to how he’ll handle his next relationship after breaking up with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Asked Wednesday at the Memorial Tournament if he intended to allow any subsequent romances to play out in public, McIlroy smiled sheepishly as he said, “I don’t know. It’s only been a week, so I’m not thinking that far ahead.”

The answer broke up an uncomfortable moment for the Northern Ireland star, who declined to discuss the details of the end of his engagement.

McIlroy, ranked sixth in the world, revealed at a news conference last week that he and Wozniacki, ranked 13th in women’s tennis, had separated. They had been planning their wedding.

The 25-year-old McIlroy was asked if he second-guessed himself for revealing the breakup at a news conference.

“It’s one of those things that it was a very public relationship,” he said. “And I thought it was best that instead of letting it linger and (feeding) rumors, just to have it right (out) there as soon as possible.”

Wozniacki, the 2009 U.S. Open runner-up, lost in the first round at the French Open within a week of the breakup.

McIlroy won the European Tour event at Wentworth over the weekend. He hopes to use this week’s Memorial Tournament as a springboard to the U.S. Open two weeks later at Pinehurst.

The couple had frequently posted pictures on social media of themselves together, traveling around the world while attending each other’s tournaments.

Without mentioning the relationship in so many words, McIlroy said such situations help people grow up.

“There’s been a few things that have happened in my life in the last couple of years that have been huge learning processes, whether it be splitting with a management company or new equipment or whatever else that it may be,” he said. “Every time you have some sort of adversity like that you learn from it and you become more mature and you make better decisions the next time. And in that way I’m definitely learning and I’m maturing.”

He added, “I’m pretty mature for a 25-year-old. If you were to get a few of my friends up here talking to you, they’d probably say the same thing.”

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QUOTABLE: Host and tournament founder Jack Nicklaus, asked his best spot to sit and watch the action at Memorial Tournament: “My living room with a television set.”

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