McIlroy calls off engagement to Wozniacki

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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."

McIlroy calls off engagement to Wozniacki
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland alongside his caddie/girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for Golfweek)
Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (C), walks on the course to watch play during the first round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. The 78th Masters got underway early April 10, with living legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hitting the first balls as honorary starters. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits with his caddie/girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hugs his caddie/girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after she made a birdie putt on the ninth green during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (L) walks with her fiancee Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland following the third round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 1, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark wacthes her fiancee Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (not pictured) during the third round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 1, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland alongside his caddie/girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki watches him playing during the 1st round of DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki watches him play during the 2nd round of DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki walks the course as she follows Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, during the second round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki walks with her fiancee Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the forehead of his Danish girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki after the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, kisses tennis player Caroline Wozniacki after his first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hugs his caddie, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, during the par three competition before the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. There are some familiar faces spending time with top tennis players. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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