Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Practice Accountant - Bournemouth - £38,000

£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...

Recruitment Genius: SEO Executive

£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: New Lift Sales Executive - Lift and Elevators

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A challenging opportunity for a...

Page 3 Profile: Rory McIlroy & Caroline Wozniacki, sport’s golden couple

Another win for Rory?

Yes indeed. The two-time major winner proposed to tennis star Wozniacki on New Year’s Eve in Sydney – as the pair watched the fireworks –and she said yes. The Northern Irish golfer, who is 24, posted on Twitter shortly afterwards: “Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!”. Caroline responded with her own Twitter message, writing: “Happy New Year everyone! Rory and I started 2014 with a bang! … I said YES!!!!”

The new golden couple of sport?

It would seem so. The two are frequently mentioned on lists of the world’s highest paid athletes. In June, Forbes put McIlroy’s earnings for the previous 12 months at $29.6 m, including $16m from advertising contracts, making him the 21st best paid athlete in the world. After his 2011 victory at the US Open, he was widely tipped to become one of the highest earners in UK sport, with golf columnist Bill Elliott predicting “big contracts will now flow Rory’s way”. His new fiancée is named the world’s seventh highest paid female athlete by the magazine, with earnings of $13.6m. 

Sounds like they’ve got a prosperous future together...

Let’s hope so. The couple have had a bumpy year, with rumours circulating back in October that they had split. “Yes they are over. It’s a difficult time for them both but it is for the best in the long run,” a source told Ireland’s Sunday Independent at the time.

Ouch. What prompted that?

The split was reported to have come days after Wozniacki posted an embarrassing picture of McIlroy asleep with his glasses on, along with the caption, “Jetlag> Lol!!”.

At the time, Wozniacki was said to be “absolutely devastated” and friends said there was no way back for the pair.

Sounds messy. But everything’s back on track now?

Yes – romance-wise, at least. But it’s been a year of up and downs in the sporting department for both. Although McIlroy won the Australian Open in December, he went through the whole US PGA season without a win.

At one point Nick Faldo, Britain’s best-ever golfer, warned him to “concentrate on golf”. Wozniacki, meanwhile, slipped to number 10 in the WTA rankings and has yet to win a Grand Slam title. Here’s to a new year and a fresh start.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss