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McIlroy takes time off to see love interest Wozniacki

ESPN staff
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Rory McIlroy is looking forward to taking a few weeks away from competitive golf after the US PGA Championship, as he looks to recover from a wrist injury.

However, rather than return to his home in Northern Ireland or go house-hunting for a base in the United States ahead of his return to the PGA Tour next year, McIlroy revealed his itinerary for the next few weeks will coincide with that of rumoured love interest, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm actually going to go to Cincinnati for a few days. I hear it's nice there this time of year," McIlroy revealed with a smile. "I'm going to Cincinnati for a few days, home for the weekend, and then to New York.

"I will enjoy my two weeks off."

Wozniacki is playing in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati this week, while the US Open at Flushing Meadows begins in just under two weeks' time. The two were pictured together in London shortly after last month's Open Championship.

After injuring his right wrist with an ill-advised shot against a tree root on the third hole of the first day, McIlroy struggled round to a tied-64th finish at Atlanta Athletic Club. By the end he was relieved it was all over.

"To be honest I'm glad to be done. It was a struggle. I basically played 70 holes of this tournament not at 100 per cent, so it was always going to be tough," he said. "Still, some good play out there the last few days, birdied the last, so nice to come off with a positive each day.

"I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks off, and you know, get rested up and get ready for the end of the season."

The 22-year-old, winner of his maiden major at the US Open earlier in the year, doesn't believe his wrist problem will cause him long-term damage. "It's fine. To be honest, the swelling in the tendon went down," McIlroy said. "The pronator muscle is still a little sore, and going up into the medial ligament up into the inside of the elbow, so just a little bit of rest.

"I'll be in regular contact with [physio] Stephen McGregor and tell him how it's feeling. Yeah, just basically play it by ear. It's definitely not as painful as it was, but it seems like the pain went a little further up my arm and more into the inside of my elbow and pronator muscle."

Despite committing to taking up membership of the PGA Tour next year, McIlroy confirmed that the combination of his injury and a commitment to the season-ending Race to Dubai in Europe will mean he is unlikely to play again in the United States until next February.

"Yeah, it will be a while until I play back over here again, probably the [WGC World] Match Play in Arizona," he said. "So hopefully by that time I'll find myself a place in Florida and be comfortable over here enough to play more events."

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