There’s nothing like a good-old-fashioned break up to prove to your ex just how great you can be. And exactly just how much they’re missing.
Take Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy for example…
Since breaking off his engagement to Wozniacki back in May, the 25-year-old golfing sensation is well on his way to filling in the space that a faltering Tiger Woods has left open.
In the three months since the break up, McIroy’s risen to first place in the official world golf ranking, won The Open Championship, the World Golf Championships, and the PGA Championships, earning nearly $6 million from his recent accomplishments.
Befor May, however, he couldn’t win a tournament if the rest of the field was playing with plastic clubs. His game was in the dumps.
And the same could be said of Wozniacki. During the three years that they were a couple, the former World No. 1 had fallen to 14th. And she still hadn’t won a major tournament.
But since May, Wozniacki has positioned herself for a comeback. She’s thinner. She’s more motivated. She’s training to run a marathon. And she has just a touch of resentment in her soul that she’s going to use to punish each and every one of her opponent’s with.
She hammered Maria Sharapova in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, defeating the fourth seed 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
And on Tuesday night she made quick work of Sara Errani, winning 6-1, 6-0 with a dazzyling array of blistering forehands, explosive movement, and a fresh motivation to win.
On the same day that McIlroy won the British Open, Wozniacki was busy winning the Istanbul Cup. This led Stephen Colbert to observe:
“As sad as the breakup is, fortunately each of them has moved on to the sixth stage of grief: Winning an international sports tournament.”
The lesson to be learned here? Marriage makes you soft? Professional athletes got to be free? Rory and Caroline are poison for each other’s careers?
Whatever their reasons for the split, at least they’ve still got their superstar careers to fall back on. And a whole milieu of opponents to pay the price for love’s broken dreams.