Rory McIlroy has reportedly split with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki because he is desperate to finally regain his top form, but he will have much more than the break-up on his mind over the next few weeks.
Wozniacki is said to be 'absolutely devastated' after the two-time Major winner called things off, but McIlroy cannot be in the best of places either as he struggles with a legal wrangle over commission.
The 24-year-old has apparently dumped Wozniacki - who described him as her "ideal boyfriend" - after a two-year relationship in the hope of getting back on course in his career and retaining his status as the world's top-ranked golfer.
McIlroy begins a month-long tour of Asia on Monday that is set to earn him well in advance of £3 million in appearance fees alone, and he will probably be delighted to get away from everything as a legal dispute kicks into gear.
The young Ulsterman has been embroiled in a high-profile split with his former management company, Horizon Sports Management, after officially forming the creatively-named Rory McIlroy Incorporated.
McIlory was understood to be unhappy with the amount of commission taken by Horizon - estimated by the Daily Telegraph to have been £4.7 million after he signed a deal worth £78m with Nike, in addition to other lucrative sponsorship deals.
The dispute is expected to be messy for McIlroy as Horizon counter-sues the golfer for quitting a five-year contract and the full details of his staggering multi-million-pound endorsements are revealed.
Although his relationship with Wozniacki may have been perceived as a distraction that had to be swept away, McIlroy's dizzying schedule may suggest that the problems lie elsewhere.
Over the course of the past fortnight, McIlroy has spent time with Wayne Rooney on a Nike photoshoot, played golf with former President Bill Clinton, had a photographed dinner with Clinton and Bono and turned up to watch Ulster beat Northampton in the Heineken Cup.
He will pocket $1.5m before even teeing up a ball at the Korea Open and it is believed an even greater fee awaits as he turns up for the BMW Masters in Shanghai next week.
He will board a private plane to travel 1,200 miles to the Chinese resort of Haikou to play an '18-hole showdown' with Tiger Woods that will be worth another $1m before heading straight back to Shanghai for the lucrative WGC Championship. An eye-watering itinerary indeed.
McIlroy has a lot going on, then, but inevitably the attention will remain fixed on his reportedly broken relationship with Wozniacki - whose slump from the top of the women's game over the last few years has been alarming.
Nine-time Major champion Gary Player said of McIlroy recently, to much ridicule, that he must find "the right wife" ready "to dedicate her life to him being a success".
As Player told ESPN: "If you're a young man like Rory, you can't play with worries. You can't have managerial problems, you can't have women problems."
It is not for anyone else to speculate as to whether McIlroy's struggles on the golf course had anything to do with his relationship with Wozniacki - and vice-versa on the tennis court - but there is enough additional distractions to suggest that the Irishman has a lot to contend with at the moment.
There is not going to be a lot of sympathy for McIlroy as he trots off to rake in the cash in Asia, having disposed of his "absolutely devastated" girlfriend, but it seems that something had to give.