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Rory McIlroy can forget troubles after BMW PGA Championship win

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Rory McIlroy is a class act. After announcing on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship that he had split with his fiancee, professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, you could be forgiven for expecting a further statement explaining how the Northern Irishman was not in the right frame of mind to compete in Surrey. 

And he'd have been well within his right to do so, but he made a man's decision on Wednesday and has been richly rewarded for his courage. After all, McIlroy needed this. He needed to remember what it feels like to come out on top, at an event that has star names littering the top of the leaderboard on a Sunday back nine. 

Wentworth provided that, even if those star names - particularly Thomas Bjorn - patted Rory on the shoulder after cordially inviting the two-time major champion to take the trophy with a final round of 75.

That's not to discredit McIlroy, but Bjorn's triple bogey at the seventh was sloppy, careless and uncharacteristic of the man who had put on a show, delighted the fans and made a mockery of the weather all week, until the final outing. It gave McIlroy the boost he needed to go on and fire a sensational back-nine 32 that was as flawless as much as it were entertaining. 

It is a much needed high for the Holywood golfer who has found himself in some terrible troughs in the last 18 months - with many sympathising with the youngster, but sympathy only gets you so far. There will have been times, Wednesday being one of them, where McIlroy would have felt an incredible emptiness about him, in spite of all he has achieved at such a young age. 

He has money, two majors and a stellar career ahead of him, I hear you say? That does not mean a thing. When things are bad, for anyone, they're bad. When they're good, they just happen to be incredible for elite sports' men and women. Anyone in the spotlight simply has to put up with those moments being shared among, what must seem like, the entire population of planet earth. 

When he sulked off the course at the Honda Classic citing wisdom tooth pain as his excuse, everyone wondered where it had all gone so wrong since clinching his second major title at Kiawah Island in August 2012. 

He became embroiled in a legal dispute with his former management company, as well as his previous sponsors Oakley. It appeared to be a bit like 'I can do what I want' behaviour, especially given his rise to number one spot following his incredible 2012 season. 

But that's not McIlroy. He has an assured sense of level headed-ness about him that clearly reflected in his play last week. You could certainly tell that, with his break up weighing heavy on his mind, he no longer cared about making mistakes on the course, or the consequences of those errors. 

He played as if he were thinking there was more to life than golf - which there is, but among the critics of last year, it had become easy to forget. He played with freedom for the first time since his DP World Tour Championship win, a feeling he desperately needed to be reminded of.

It is certainly sad that an issue in his private life was the catalyst, but something had to give, and unfortunately for the couple, it was their relationship. 

Not even this victory will fill the void left by losing someone you loved in your life, but it may prove to be the turning point in McIlroy's career. With Tiger Woods still injured and no sign of an exact recovery date being announced, golf needs someone to bring in the audiences and despite Adam Scott hitting the heights of World Number One, he doesn't quite carry the same weight as his fellow professional. 

At just 25, McIlroy will win a lot more big tournaments - he already has a CV to be envious of. But having split with Wozniacki, and immediately won his first title on European soil (I know, right?) in the aftermath, this is the perfect time to forget what happened last season and open a new chapter in his career, and life. 

When he lifted the Wanamaker trophy two years ago, he may well have been a two-time major winner but he remained just a boy. When he hoisted the trophy aloft at Wentworth on Sunday, he looked much more of a man to me; a man that is finally ready to dominate. 

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