WENTWORTH, United Kingdom: An emotional Rory McIlroy on Wednesday announced he had broken off his engagement and split with Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki only days after sending out the wedding invitations.
The 25-year-old Northern Irishman and two-time major champion said the issuing of the invitations had made him aware that he was not ready for marriage.
“There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” he explained through a statement issued by his Dublin-based communications consultants.
“The problem is mine,” McIlroy said.
“The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.
“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.”
The golden sporting couple’s high profile break-up came on the eve of McIlroy’s appearance at the European PGA Championship.
He later told a Wentworth press conference that he had never considered pulling out of the European Tour’s flagship event.
“I just want to get my head into golf and concentrate on the tournament and try and do well,” the Irishman told reporters.
“There is no good time to end a relationship—I had made a commitment to be here. This is the European Tour’s flag ship event and I am very proud to be part of the European Tour.”
McIlroy and Wozniacki met nearly three years ago in Munich at a boxing match between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko and the relationship has been in the news pages ever since.