McIlroy fired the shot at his ex-fiancee while talking to reporters at the PGA Championship -- which of course he won this weekend. Rory talked about the break-up, saying ... "I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf." BOOM.
The reason Rory McIlroy is kicking every other golfer's ass is simple -- he unloaded that ball and chain, otherwise known as Caroline Wozniacki ... that's how Rory sees it anyway, and he had the cajones to say it out loud.
The 25-year-old ... #1 ranked golfer in the world ... said, “I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now? I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it’s just my life at the minute."
Ballsy for Rory to say it -- and crappy for Caroline to hear it -- but hard to argue with the stats ... 3 consecutive tournament wins, and 2 majors in a row since he killed the engagement in May
For what it's worth ... Caroline is currently ranked #12 in tennis.
We got Rory out in NYC Monday morning, and he attempted to back pedal from his weekend comments, but c'mon ... we know what he's saying, right?