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May 29, 2014 | 05:00 PM

Love Match

What does it say about male-female relationships when right after Rory McIlroy called off his wedding to Caroline Wozniacki, reportedly in a three-minute phone call, he went out and won his first tournament of the year—the European Tour’s flagship event, BMW PGA Championship—and she lost in the first round of the French Open? To get to the bottom of this burning issue, The Buzz consulted two relationship experts.

“Some people do better when they have a secure base in their personal life,” says Dr. Wendy Walsh, author of The 30-Day Love Detox. “Don't always assume the gender. Some men only do well professionally when they are in a relationship. (Case in point, Tiger Woods.) Caroline may have felt deregulated without an anchored attachment, or her competition could have just been tougher that day. And some men's testosterone levels swing up when they enter the dating market—and that can clearly be linked to athleticism.”

Rachel DeAlto, the author of Flirt Fearlessly, thinks their opposite performances are due to two factors. “Men are able to compartmentalize far better than most women,” she says. “They avoid drama and tend to fight or flight. Rory was likely able to pretend as if the situation didn’t exist during his tournament. But I think it had more to do with the fact that he broke up with her. Rory was in control of the situation, and made the decision to end the relationship. He was prepared, even if it wasn’t a long preparation, for the dissolution. Caroline was apparently blindsided, and had no time to process her emotions fully. Regardless of the pain he feels now, or six months from now, at that moment he likely felt free.”

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May 29, 2014 | 09:00 AM

Arnie & You

Maybe he winked you at while walking down a fairway or signed a flag now framed in your office. Perhaps it was a quick handshake as he made his way through a crowd. Or maybe that round you played with him in a pro-am. No matter your memory of Arnold Palmer, you now have a chance to share it with the world — or at least with Golf Channel viewers. The network has announced a sequel of sorts to Arnie, the three-part documentary that ran last month and became the most-watched original production in the network’s history. The new installment, to air in 2015, will be entitled Dear Arnie, and consist of video content sent in by members of Arnie’s Army. For information about how to submit your own memory, click here. Entry deadline is December 31st.

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May 28, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Kidding Around

Before she became famous for becoming the youngest person ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at age 11 last week, not to mention winning her age group in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta in April, Lucy Li made this incredible video where she hits 20 drivers in a row when she was just eight years old. She absolutely flushes everyone of them. Her instructor, Jim McLean, posted it three years ago, but it's only now really gaining notoriety after her history-making rounds (74-68) at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay's Old Course south of San Francisco that punched her ticket to Pinehurst.

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May 27, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Return To Normalcy

Now that’s more like it. After a largely forgettable winter and spring's worth of competitive golf, Memorial Day Weekend gave us all something to smile about, beginning with Rory McIlroy’s come-from-seven-behind win at Wentworth, continuing through Adam Scott’s playoff victory in the Colonial, and Colin Montgomerie’s first major—and long-awaited first win on U.S. soil—in the Senior PGA Championship. As if that wasn’t enough, 21-year-old Jessica Korda charged home in 30 strokes to win her second LPGA title of the year, while on Monday, Stanford’s Cameron Wilson—playing and handling himself like the next Jordan Spieth—won the NCAA individual title. Let’s hope all this continues with a memorable Memorial Tournament and a summer to savor. 

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