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Is this Rory McIlroy's new SA 'birdie'?

The 25-year-old Northern Irish golfer was supported by Shashi Naidoo in the stands at Gleneagles.

South African model Shashi Naidoo. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Not only has Rory McIlroy helped the Europeans win the Ryder Cup, he also appears to be winning in the love department.

South African actress and model Shashi Naidoo was in the stands at Gleneagles on Sunday to support the 25-year-old Northern Irish golfer.

The model posed for pictures with newly-single McIlroy and his family, and even went for a ride on a golf cart with his mom, Rosie.

In an Instagram video of McIlroy making a key putt, the 33-year-old model writes, "And that's how you do it! Rory McIlroy, 8th hole."

McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in May, just days after sending out their wedding invitations.

Wozniacki later revealed that McIlroy broke up with her in a short phone call and hasn't spoken to her since.

Naidoo co-hosts South African magazine show 20Something and is the celebrity winner of a reality show Tropika Island of Treasure.

Naidoo also owns modelling agency Alushi who represented Reeva Steenkamp before she was killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day last year.

In the days after Steenkamp's death, Naidoo said, "It's still a big shock to us. I've known Reeva for years and she was an incredible, beautiful soul. It's shocking. An amazing girl has gone too soon."

She also writes for a well-followed fashion blog Shashi's Closet.

South Africa's Sunday Tribune reported that Naidoo was attacked while sleeping in her upscale Johannesburg home on 21 September.

"I went to bed at 8:30pm and I woke up at 1am with a guy choking me and ripping off my underwear," a shaken Naidoo told You magazine.

She escaped from the bed and managed to get to the panic button.

"In that time, he took two of my cellphones, my bag and iPad. He took whatever he could find," she told the magazine.

At the moment, the model is in London hoping to try and clear her head of the horrifying incident.

Her father, Harry Naidoo, told the Sunday Tribune his daughter was seriously rattled by the incident.

He said she went to Scotland to "clear her mind".

Naidoo is due back in South Africa on Monday.

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