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Muzilitniacki: Time For Caroline To Stop Walking Inside The Ropes

It was one thing when then-girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki walked inside the ropes during Sherwood's World Challenge. Rory McIlroy was stinking it up and his world ranking points allotment wasn't going to change if he made a few birdies coming in.

Of course, when I saw the prettier half of the since-engaged Wozilroy chat him up on the 16th tee during the Saturday round this year, he pumped one way right of the creek and you'd think she might have gotten the message.

In the past she's gotten so close to his golf that the former World No. 1 tennis player has had to duck to avoid getting whapped in the head by her man's 460cc driver.

Still, as Rory was trying to win on the European Tour for the first time in a while, this was noted by Bob Harig at

But McIlroy played the first nine holes without a birdie while Gallacher was struggling, allowing a slew of players back into the tournament.

Wozniacki met him inside the ropes at the 10th hole -- a rather bizarre development to occur during the course of a sporting event, and she followed him for most of the tournament. He then bogeyed the par-5 hole, one of the easiest on the course.

Now Caroline, since no one apparently wants to tell you, I'll be the bearer of tough love here.

You can't do this.

Shocking as it may seem, this is an athletic competition. Just like Rory can't sit behind your chair, give you hugs and kisses during changeovers, and ask questions about the wedding while you're competing, we have unwritten rules in golf: no WAGS inside the ropes unless it's a Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup or other team events where we openly welcome the theater that is WAG intervention.

You were lucky this time, the photographers (at least at Getty) didn't capture this embarrassing exhibition. But going forward, stay outside the ropes and away from your man. Trust me, it'll help his game.


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Could not agree more!
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
I somewhat sympathize with Caroline (and TW's mom has run into the same problems, when TW had his daughter at DBC she was inside the ropes some of the time) in that following someone who has a large crowd is difficult. And especially if you are Caroline you don't really want people coming up to you while your trying to watch (Lindsey had a rather awkward encounter at the US Open where a TV reporter practically jumped out from behind a bush then reported on the exchange). But you can be inside the ropes and stay out of the way and not engage your significant other in conversation.

It should probably be noted though that when players get rides in carts during tournaments their wives/gf's etc often hop in with them.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
It was always tough on Barbara Nicklaus. Thankfully, she walked inside the ropes to avoid awkward moments and because Jack always had a large crowd following him.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMountain Man
Same happened at Irish Open in Royal Portrush in 2012 except that she was accompanied by Rors father Gerry as well. Bizzare to say the least and surely cannot help his focus.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
What the heck is she doing in that picture? He's hitting and she is doing squats??? What an idiot.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered Commentervwgolfer
Lindsey is more accomplished and better adjusted, Caroline could stand to take note...
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Chico, bcause of some of t reasons cited i think inside, quiet, and out of the way is ok.

Beyond that, she's OB.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs- agreed-ok if security means she has to be inside the ropes but she should stay out of the way while he is working! How's the health-improving I hope.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
But this is the generation of doing what you want. Rules are for everyone else. No one should drive and text but everyone does it because they are the exception. NO ONE should be inside the ropes. Why does it work at The Masters and family seems to somehow survive. I've run into Amy Mickelson and Phil's mom in the crowd; Matt Kuchar's wife in the crowd; nobody bothered them. Just imagine if Rory and Phil and Tiger get paired and all their girlfriends or spouses want inside the ropes. All of a sudden the next level guys want to do it. And so on, and so on......It's why we have rules in society. It's just no one wants to follow them.
02.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy
Mountain Man, there's no way Barbara Nicklaus "walked inside the ropes" the way Caroline Wozniacki is, and it's very hard to believe there isn't a connection between her presence and Rory's play. I'm sure McIlroy is man enough to say no to his girlfriend or father if that's what's needed. He may even have asked them to walk inside the ropes. But maybe, as with perhaps his wholesale Nike equipment change, the issue is that he's just too young and unwise to understand what he really needs.

Kudos to Geoff for the tough love, but besides my doubt that this message will actually reach Rory, delivering it is really a job for his manager. Which begs the question of whether it's really best for Rory to have his father head up his management team.

("Well, Gerry, it's been over a year since you took over management of Rory McIlroy Inc., but it seems we have some irreconcilable differences over the right direction to take the company. So I'm going to have to let you go. You'll get the usual severance, and I'd like to thank you personally for all you've done for the company. Oh - and, Dad? Please tell Mum I'll be a few minutes late for dinner. See you then.")
It's all on Rory! It is his duty to tell her about the written and ''unwritten'' rules of golf! I And I am sure that he will do so if he finds it necessary! Til then, stop whining!
Tom W. Seems to be a funny guy. Enjoyed all the quotes.
Indeed vwgolfer.

Chris Evert didn't feel the need to walk inside the ropes at Turnberry when Greg Norman was playing in The Open.
02.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterscots wha hae
I wonder in five years will we refer to Caroline in terms previously reserved for Yoko Ono?
02.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRose
You know, for a couple who took the media to task not too long ago for not affording them their due privacy - they sure don't act like they really give a damn about giving the writers something to write about. Not that I personally have an issue with her being inside the ropes, but one would think that she would certainly know her place in the scheme of what is going on there in that situation.

But if she's going to make a habit of this, I really do wish she'd dress a little more scantily.
02.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
I did see Kramer coaching Rory on the intricacies of being a ball boy. Tryouts are coming up soon, it is good to see Rory is seeking top level coaching. 39 second video....
02.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Sorry, but was she intruding the play? I think we just happen to see her in a crowd of people because she's quite attractive. I quite understand if marshals prefer to have her inside the ropes rather than outside amongst the commons...
02.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
The picture is from the pro-am. Skewed journalism at its best...
02.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterguest
Did you place a wager on Rory getting the" W" Geoff...well said though.

Other sports have designated WAG areas outside the ropes usually, how hard would it be to get a few assistant pros to volounteer their chaperone services for the day acting as outside the rope security? Couldn't be too difficult to get a few guys to step up and escort well heeled hotties for the day.

Speaking of which, a jr I teach was in FL and attended the Shark Shootout. He followed Dufner/Johnson's group mostly the whole time and has got quite an impressive collection of WAG photos, usually from a safe distance behind outside the ropes...mostly of the future Mrs Jetski....and a bunch of Duff's better half too...well mostly all of Ms Gretzky. They were pretty much left alone Caroline THAT big of a deal in the Middle East? Come on now folks.

(Duff's his new favorite player too....according to his new preswing waggles, no chewin tobacco habit....yet)
02.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

Could this article be any more chauvinistic?
02.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Campbell
Don't think it's a security issue as much as a wanting to actually be able to get around and see issue. For most groups the crowds aren't that big. For what it's worth I was at DBC and Caroline was their outside the ropes. She was definitely noticed and commented on, but didn't see anyone bother her.
02.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Inside the ropes travel at the US Open is not uncommon. Family members keep their distance, however, much like honorary observers at PGATour events. Waiting on tee boxes, you might find players chatting up their standard bearer.
So, do we even know whether Rory or Caroline initiated this conversation.
Rory is responsible for his own scorecard. I say we let him take care of his entire round, from caddie to clubs to passes inside the ropes.
02.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEast End Golfer

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