Despite chaos, Rory McIlroy leads

Updated: May 30, 2014, 3:03 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

DUBLIN, Ohio -- For those so inclined, there is a simple, easy narrative to explain Rory McIlroy's inspired golf of late: It was spurred by his very public breakup with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki.

And if you believe that line of thinking, there ought to be a bunch of nervous wives, girlfriends and significant others across golf's landscape. Ruthless, single-minded golfers, of course, are looking for any edge.

But McIlory concurs with a far less acrimonious explanation ...

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