Nine-time major champion Gary Player thinks Rory McIlroy needs to focus less on traveling the world with his tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and focus more on his golf career.
After winning the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in 2011 and 2012, McIlroy has been awful in 2013.
He signed a $250 million sponsorship deal with Nike this year.
McIlroy’s season so far (major results bolded): T33, WD, T8, T45, 2, T25, T10, T8, T57, T41, MC.
Speaking to My Sporting Life, Player thinks McIlroy must now focus on getting his career back on track.
He said: “I love Rory McIlroy, he’s got talent like you can’t believe but I was quite perturbed when I saw him win the US Open and then the next tournament that he played was one month later.
“You can’t do that. What he should have done was take a week off after winning the US Open to settle down and then play two tournaments and then the Open. You’ve got to prepare properly.
“He has a few problems at this stage of his life but everyone has problems. There is no Utopia everyone has a problem of some kind.
“He’ll sort it out. He’s got wonderful parents. He’s got great talent. He’ll come back.
“When you’re in love as a young man naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It’s natural. Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives.
“But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he’s got to make sure he has a woman like I’ve got, who has been married [to me] for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices.
“He’s got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he’s dedicated, he could be the man.”
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 29, 2013