07/30/2013 04:40 pm ET

Gary Player Suggests Rory McIlory's Slump Due To Tennis Star Girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki


Former U.S. Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy hasn't finished higher than 25th in a major this year and even missed the cut in the recent British Open.

So what's wrong? His swing perhaps? Or maybe the golfer is feeling the pressure to meet the expectations of a reported $250 million contract with Nike?

Golf legend Gary Player suggests the problem with Rory McIlroy's performance is his girlfriend. McIlroy dates Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, also a former No. 1 in her sport who has struggled to regain form.

“He’s got to make sure he has a woman like I’ve got, who has been married [to me] for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices," Player recently told radio program "The Sporting Life." “He’s got to be intelligent and find the right wife."

Visit TalkSport for a transcript of Player's comments to "The Sporting Life."

(Hat tip, Yahoo Sports)