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25th-Dec-2014

Caroline Wozniacki discouraged Rory McIlroy from donating to charity

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That's probably a bit of an unfair headline, but it's also not untrue. Caroline Wozniacki,according to reports in the Irish Golf Desk, did indeed discourage Rory McIlroy from donating money to charity, specifically to UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund).
The details are kind of ... weird.
Part of McIlroy's messy legal battle apparently dealt with a $166,000 donation ($500,000 total over three years) made to UNICEF on his behalf that he didn't want to make.
Here's an email McIlroy's old agent, Conor Ridge, sent to a business partner (Colin Morrissey) about the event.
"The whole thing is a mess Moz [Colin Morrissey]. Following a conversation I had with Rory some months ago, he committed to donating $500,000 for three years from himself and the Rory Foundation."
"He seemed to do a U-turn a couple of weeks ago because Woz (Wozniacki) told him that giving donations to big NGOs like that is stupid because you don't know where the money goes and also because she had spoken to him about focussing their efforts of having a Foundation together.
"UNICEF makes if very clear where the money is going to go and intend to show this to him next week."
I really sort of hope Wozniacki gets dragged into this somehow if only for the super awkward shots of her having to defend her ex-fiance in the high court of Ireland.
Also, Horizon is apparently now counter-suing McIlroy for $9 million. So yes, this will inevitably affect McIlroy at the beginning of 2015. I see no way around that fact.