Emotional Tiger Woods opens up on Lindsey Vonn heartbreak

Tiger Woods has confessed he’s not slept since breaking up with Lindsey Vonn on the same day as the anniversary of his father’s passing.

Emotional Tiger Woods opens up on Lindsey Vonn heartbreak

Woods and Vonn ended their two-year friendship last Sunday on May 3 — exactly nine years since Woods’ father Earl died.

It’s not known who instigated the split but Woods, who blamed the break-up on the “hectic lives” of the pair, was clearly emotional when asked about the matter ahead of competing in this week’s lucrative Players Championship at Ponte Vedre in Florida.

“Breaking up obviously does affect me. It is tough,” he said. “I’m not going to lie about it. It is tough. And on top of that, this time of year is really, really hard on me.

“This three-day window is really hard. I haven’t slept. These three days, May 3 through to May 5 today, is just brutal on me, and then with obviously what happened on Sunday, it just adds to it.”

Nine years ago after the death of his father and mentor, Woods successfully defended his Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, an emotional time where the star broke down in tears on the 72nd green.

He is returning to competition this week for a first time since sharing 17th place in last month’s Masters at Augusta National.

The last time Woods contested the Players Championship was in 2013 and he captured a 79th PGA Tour title.

However two years ago Woods was ranked No. 1 in the world and he will tee-up tomorrow currently ranked 125th.

“I am still a little bit rusty, a little bit, more than anything just a little bit tired,” he added.

“But then I’ve still got two days to get ready for Thursday, plus the late tee time helps.”

Woods will play the opening two rounds of the $10m event in the company of defending champion Martin Kaymer and Australia’s Adam Scott, also a past TPC Sawgrass winner.

A record five Irish will be competing this week just a month after the same five — Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry — created history in teeing-up in the Masters.

Meanwhile, defending champion McIlroy will be joined by One Direction’s Niall Horan in the BMW Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at Wentworth later this month.

The world number one has teamed up with the 21-year-old singer from County Westmeath — who makes his debut at the event after he caddied for four-time Major winner McIlroy in the pre-Masters tournament at Augusta National last month — along with former England internationals Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.

The annual curtain-raiser to the BMW PGA Championship gets under way on May 20 at Wentworth’s iconic West Course and the quartet are due to tee off at 8am.

Horan, who is listed as an honorary life member of Mullingar Golf Club in Ireland, is used to performing in front of large crowds with One Direction, but admitted he hoped the nerves would not get the better of him when playing at Wentworth.

He said: “I can’t wait to play with Rory, Phil and Paul. It’s going to be a great event.

“I know how prestigious the BMW PGA Championship is as the European Tour’s flagship event, so the opportunity to play in the Pro-Am with my mate Rory and two legends of football is going to be amazing — what a team!

“That said, I’ve heard there are pretty big crowds there on the day. I’m used to those but not when I’m on a golf course.

“I’ll probably be more nervous at Wentworth than I was performing in front of thousands with 1D, so I’m hoping Rory will give me a few tips on calming the nerves.”

McIlroy added: “Niall and I had a good fun together in the Par 3 contest at the Masters and I’m looking forward to seeing him again at Wentworth. It should be a great four-ball with Phil and Paul playing too, and it should appeal to a wide range of fans.”

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