Been there. Seen it. Done it. Garcia offers McIlroy support

Wed May 21, 2014 8:29pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia has been involved in two high-profile breakups during his career and is ready to provide a shoulder for Rory McIlroy to lean on following his split from fiancée Caroline Wozniacki.

World number 10 McIlroy announced on Wednesday, the eve of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, that he had called off his planned marriage to the Danish tennis player just days after the couple had sent out wedding invitations.

Garcia has also experienced the anguish of splits with former world number one tennis player Martina Hingis and with Morgan-Leigh Norman, daughter of former Australian golfer Greg.

"I haven't seen Rory since I heard the news but when I do I will definitely put my arm around his shoulder and ask if he wants to talk about it," the Spaniard told reporters.

"I've been through the same sort of thing a couple of times. I broke it off with Martina but Morgan was the one who left me. And of course how you react is different.

"When you are the one who leaves someone you can usually get over it quicker. But either way it is always a hard thing to do when you have been with someone for a long time, for a period of years, and shared so much together," added Garcia.

"It should be easier if it is mutual but when it is a really painful breakup you try to get away from it by throwing yourself into golf more than ever but it doesn't always work out, it's not easy to concentrate when something like that is still on your mind."

Garcia's golf took a nosedive when Morgan-Leigh ended their relationship and he was forced to take a brief break from the sport.   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Sergio Garcia plays from a bunker on the 9th hole during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports