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Questions About Rory McIlroy’s Personal Life Should Finally Stop With Engagement To Caroline Wozniacki

Michael Madrid – USA TODAY Sports

So, how did you ring in the new year? Hopefully, you all had a chance to spend it with friends and loved ones, perhaps even that special someone in your life.

For PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, it seemed only fitting to celebrate the start of 2014 with a ring. The couple, who had been a seemingly constant part of the chatter surrounding McIlroy’s struggles on the golf course this season, announced their engagement last night on Twitter. At that time, it was actually Wednesday morning in Australia, where Wozniacki is preparing for the Australian Open and McIlroy is taking some time off before the golf season cranks back up.

First off, congratulations should go out to the happy couple. It has to be tough to have your relationship be constant social media fodder, but they seem to have come through it all just fine.

Second, and more important for this particular discussion, is this. Maybe, just maybe, this will finally put an end to the constant debate about whether or not McIlroy’s relationship issues – real or fictitious – were affecting his play on the golf course. As tough of a year as 2013 had to be for him with no wins on the PGA Tour and a drop from No. 1 in the world to No. 6, it’s hard to imagine a better end to a year than two wins to turn things around.

The legendary Gary Player has weighed in a few times on McIlroy’s life. “[T]he 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,” Player said this summer. “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.”

It sure seems like he’s got at least one part of that equation locked down now. Hopefully the tabloid-style headlines can stop and McIlroy can get back on top of his game in 2014.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for RantSports.com. “Like” his page on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.