The love bug has caught Rory McIlroy. It's also made him a tired golfer, according to friend Graeme McDowell.
“There’s no doubt, all the traveling is wearing him down a little bit and we are seeing a little bit of fatigue,” McDowell said on Thursday as co-host of Golf Channel's "Morning Drive." “But he’s a fit kid and he’s a young kid and he has all the talent in the world. It is only a matter of time [before he gets back in form].”
The world No. 3 has not fared well since contending at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, including three poor finishes in the majors this season and a run of three consecutive missed cuts.
The Ulsterman is often the one traveling to make a date with his Danish sweetheart. McDowell said that's simply a logistical reality of their relationship.
“Caroline has her entourage with her - her folks, her hitting partner, her coach - and her travel schedule has been a lot different from Rory’s," he said. "She can’t really be as flexible with her travel which means when Rory holes that finishing putt on a Sunday afternoon, he’s pretty much jumping on a flight to be where she is."
McIlroy has maintained the long view of his game and career, saying such dry spells are to be expected. McDowell does, too, allowing room for love to bloom.
"Let’s be honest, the boy’s in love," he said. "He’s crazy about her. It’s not a bad problem to have.”