Jacklin urges McIlroy to keep mum on private life

Fri May 23, 2014 9:24am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Twice major winner Tony Jacklin has urged Rory McIlroy to take a leaf out of world number one Adam Scott's book and keep his own counsel on some of his off-the-course issues.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, 25, has been the center of attention in this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth since announcing on Wednesday that he was calling off his planned wedding to leading Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

The couple played out their two-and-a-half year relationship in the glare of the worldwide media spotlight. Scott, by contrast, got married in secret last month to long-time girlfriend and Swedish architect Marie Kojzar.

The Australian said it was such a private occasion in the Bahamas that many of the guests did not even know about it in advance.

"Whatever happens to Rory in the future I think he needs to be a bit more like Adam Scott and not let on so much to the outside world," the 69-year-old Jacklin told Reuters in an interview on Friday.

"Maybe he needs to try and keep his private life more private. Hopefully though this is just a bump in the road for him.

"If it's the right decision it's behind him now. He can move on very quickly so it might not be a bad thing."

Jacklin was a similar age to former world number one McIlroy when he captured the attention of the international media by winning the 1969 British Open and 1970 U.S. Open.   Continued...

Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, China's Hainan province October 20, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu