Distraught McIlroy calls off Wozniacki wedding

Wed May 21, 2014 8:00am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - A glum-looking Rory McIlroy admitted it would be tough to focus on golf at this week's BMW PGA Championship after calling off his engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.

Just days after sending out invitations to their planned wedding, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman said he was not ready for marriage.

"There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people," the twice major winner said in a statement on the eve of the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.

"The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise 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."

The couple, known as 'Wozilroy' to fans, announced their engagement on Twitter in January when McIlroy proposed following a New Year's Eve fireworks show in Sydney.

World number 10 McIlroy, looking clearly distraught, told a news conference later on Wednesday that he never had any thoughts of withdrawing from the 60th anniversary edition of the Wentworth event.

"I'm not going to lie," he said. "It's going to be really difficult but when I get inside the ropes I'm going to have to try and concentrate on the matter in hand.   Continued...

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (L) works as the caddie for her boyfriend, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, during the Par 3 Contest ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Mike Segar