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Wozniacki's equipment strategy probably not a good idea for Rory

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

It's no secret that Rory McIlroy has been struggling since switching his equipment at the start of the season. Since he signed with Nike, McIlroy has spent six months playing well below his standard; switching back to his old Scotty Cameron putter after just one competitive round and has been back and forth ever since, all while being berated with questions about everything from his driver to his work ethic.
 
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McIlory's solution to all this has been to stay calm and dismiss out-of-hand any suggestions that his poor form has to do with his equipment -- which, in fairness, is probably a good strategy (after all, Tiger Woods also switched from Titleist to Nike equipment early in his career, and he turned out all right). But his girlfriend, former world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, apparently opted for a different route.

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(Photo by Getty Images) 

Apparently unhappy with her sponsor Yonex's rackets, Wozniacki was caught playing with a Babolat -- a brand she played her best tennis with before abandoning it in 2011 -- disguised in her current sponsor's colors. 

Yonex found out after a fan posted some pictures of her on Facebook and immediately broke the contract. Reports are now circulating that she could face millions of dollars in lawsuits from the company.
 
How does this relate to McIlroy? It doesn't really. But at least now it's safe to assume McIlroy won't be painting his old Titleist driver red any time soon. 

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