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McIlroy calls off engagement to Wozniacki

McIlroy Calls Off Engagement To Wozniacki


BY BERNIE MCGUIRE
ASSOCIATED PRESS

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Only a few days after sending out wedding invitations, golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.

Uncomfortable and subdued, the two-time major winner spoke about the decision ahead of the BMW PGA Championship, only a few hours after first announcing the split in a statement.

"It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning," McIlroy said at Wentworth. "It was mutual and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on, and I've said all that I need to say."

The 25-year-old McIlroy and 23-year-old Wozniacki have been dating since 2011. They were engaged on New Year's Eve in Australia.

The decision to call off the wedding came as surprise to many, especially since McIlroy had only recently spoke of his delight in meeting up with Wozniacki in London after competing in the Players Championship a couple of weeks ago. Wozniacki had been due to compete in an event in Rome but withdrew to meet up with him.

"Look, I'm no different than anyone else," the Northern Irishman said. "Everyone has been through breakups, and it's obviously very, very difficult. But look, I'm here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions about golf, and that's what I'm going to do."

Both McIlroy and Wozniacki have been the top-ranked player in their respective sports, but Wozniacki has not won a major title. McIlroy won his first major at the 2011 U.S. Open, and then added another a year later at the U.S. PGA Championship.

In the earlier statement, McIlroy took the blame for the breakup.

"The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails," McIlroy said. "I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting."

At Wentworth, McIlroy is among the top players at this week's European Tour flagship event.

"I'm not going to lie. It's going to be very difficult," McIlroy said of playing this week. "But you know, at least when I get inside the ropes, just try and concentrate on the shot at hand. But yeah, it's obviously going to be difficult."

At least McIlroy will have something to cheer him up. The Manchester United fan will play in the pro-am alongside three former stars from the club, Teddy Sheringham, Peter Schmeichel and Phil Neville.

"I've been a Manchester United fan my whole life, and getting to play with three Manchester United legends is going to be a nice afternoon," McIlroy said. "I remember watching the Champions League final in `99 when United beat (Bayern) Munich in Barcelona, and it was a very memorable night. All those three guys were involved."

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Ann May 21 2014 at 7:39 AM

could have saved a little embarrassment and a lot of work for the bride had he made his life altering decision BEFORE all the invitations when out!

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MrsJaz May 21 2014 at 8:33 AM

He's been dating her since 2011, got engaged on New Years and he waits until after the invitations are sent out to have this revelation ???? Jerk

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debnaert May 21 2014 at 9:24 AM

Men don't want to get married.... the ones that do just want a mommy to take care of them OR someone to screw every night. AND those are the facts! Men don't grow up... and they are the biggest LIARS on this earth... they all lie.

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marymarsh000 May 21 2014 at 6:27 AM

Better he realizes it now

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melissastanek12 marymarsh000 May 21 2014 at 12:27 PM

Better Caroline realizes he's less than mediocre looks does not make up for his small weinie. He's just a crybaby.

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ybob555 marymarsh000 May 21 2014 at 8:21 PM

Your right on the mark. Many people have gone through with a wedding only to regret it later & made life miserable for both their bride & themselves.
Look no further than The "Tiger" who wasn't ready for marriage & what you have to do to make it a great one.

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ronbobel7 May 21 2014 at 7:50 AM

tiger must have taken him to his favorite strip club for an unforgettable lap dance in the vip room.

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Joel Donnenwirth May 21 2014 at 7:33 AM

Give him credit and her credit for realizing now. He will be far better off in the future.

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melissastanek12 Joel Donnenwirth May 21 2014 at 12:28 PM

Caroline will be better off with a better looking guy with a better personality. He's mediocre at best.

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Carrie Joel Donnenwirth May 22 2014 at 8:29 AM

Actually she is better off.

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allenlov69 May 21 2014 at 7:19 AM

Perhaps he thinks the timeing is not right. It's best he did way before and not after they got married. They are young and have plenty to do yet so maybe the best for both. It took a lot of guts to do this highly visable and in everyones radar.
They will do good in the future.

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solah7 May 21 2014 at 7:37 AM

HE;S CUTE,RICH, AND ONLY 25 WAY TO YOUNG TO GET MARRIED.... LOOK WHAT HAPPEND TO TIGER WOODS... HE SHOULD OF NEVER GOT MARRIED ALSO !!! 100 MILLION DOLLARS SETTLEMENT...YIKES!!!!!!!!! SHE IS MUCH BETTER OFF KNOWING THAT NOW RATHER THAN LATER WHEN KIDS ARE THERE...

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sheriberi May 21 2014 at 6:28 AM

coward

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bobonthis55 May 21 2014 at 8:25 AM

her feet are too big, I don't blame him

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