Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Love Love at New Haven Open

Rory McIlroy at the Golf Course at Yale?
OK, we’re taking a few leaps of faith at this point and time, but hey, the invitation has already been extended by Anne Worcester, the tournament director of the New Haven Open and first lady of Market New Haven.
Why, you ask, is Madam Tennis inviting golf’s reigning U.S. Open champion and rising face of international golf to her tennis tournament and the venerable Yale golf course?
Silly, to be with Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player who will be back to try and win her for the fourth straight time in August.
It seems that he’s smitten with her and she’s smitten with him, and the two are, as they say, a hot item.
Just hours after McIlroy finished a rain and wind-swept British Open, he and the tall, blonde Dane were dining in London. She was in the UK for a photo shoot with fashion designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. And he recently broke up with his girlfriend of a number of years, Holly Sweeney. Did we mention he was a guest in the Royal Box at Wimbledon?
Sounds like a budding love match to me. In fact, when they left the London restaurant, they were seen smooching in public … verified and posted on the Internet.
According to an ESPN report, Wozniacki and McIlroy first met at the Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye title fight on July 2 in Hamburg. It wasn’t much of a fight, but apparently sparks were flying somewhere in the building.
“Really down to earth great guy,” tweeted Wozniacki. And upon her recent 21st birthday, she offered the following comment on her Twitter page: “At least now you (McIlroy) will be able to buy me a drink in the U.S. Not only in Hamburg.”
Hey, Widdy’s is open for drinks at the Yale golf course.
And wouldn’t we love to hear McIlroy’s thoughts on the uniquely famous 9th hole at Yale.
Hopefully he’ll have nicer things to say than Sam Snead supposed said once upon a time when he landed in the swale between the upper and lower portions of the green. He wasn’t amused.
We checked the PGA Tour schedule and the love-struck 22-year-old McIlroy will be in the U.S. for the PGA Championship in Georgia Aug. 11-14. And two weeks later, The $8 million Barclays is being played in Edison, N.J.
The New Haven Open starts earlier that same week. So we’ll tentatively pencil him in for a starting time of 9 a.m. at Yale on Aug. 22.
The only downside to this new romance, as we see it, is that there are 50 or so Yale football players who are SOL (simply out of luck). The lovely tennis star has had a mutual flirtation with the Yale football team since she first came here in 2008.

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