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Wozniacki: McIlroy ‘comfortable’ with new clubs

Tennis star says she draws from her boyfriend’s experience of being world No 1

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Hong Kong: Rory McIlroy’s tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on Monday insisted golf’s world No 1 was ‘very comfortable’ with his new brand of clubs and hoped to show it this week.

Wozniacki, who plays in this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, said McIlroy is perfectly happy with his new Nike clubs, which he is using after signing a deal worth a reported $250 million (Dh918 million).

McIlroy topped both the PGA and European Tour money lists last year and won his second major title, but he missed the cut at his debut outing with the Nike clubs last month in Abu Dhabi.

Some experts have warned of the dangers of switching clubs mid-career, with Nick Faldo calling it ‘dangerous’, but Wozniacki said McIlroy hoped to quickly return to form at this week’s WGC Match Play Championship in Los Angeles.

“He likes his new clubs and is very comfortable with them,” she said in a phone interview. “He’s going to play a tournament this week and hopefully he’s going to do well.”

Wozniacki, the world No 10 from Denmark, added that the increasingly cosy pair were not engaged, after she was photographed wearing a large ring when she arrived for the Australian Open last month.

“No, we’re not engaged, but everything is good thank you and everything is going well,” she said. “We do a lot of training together and he likes the gym, he goes every day. We often hit the gym together.”

“You can always learn something, and obviously Rory is [world] No 1. It gives you a different view in terms of sport and it’s nice to be able to draw from that experience.”