Rory McIlroy’s impending marriage to Caroline Wozniacki is off.
In a statement issued this morning, the former world No. 1 announced the end of his four-and-a-half-month engagement to the Danish tennis pro.
“The problem is mine,” the 25-year-old Northern Irishman said in the statement released though his management firm. “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.
“There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we have had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”
McIlroy, who’s in the field at this week’s BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club outside London, elaborated on his feelings in a news conference there shortly after his statement was released.
“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It’s going to be very difficult, but at least when I get inside the ropes, just try and concentrate on the shot at hand.
“There’s no good time to sort of end a relationship I guess. I made a commitment to be here. It’s the European Tour’s flagship event.”
While calling it “a difficult time for Caroline and myself,” McIlroy asserted that the breakup was “mutual and amicable.”
According to an Independent.ie report, the couple sent out wedding invitations last weekend to friends of McIlroy in Northern Ireland and to notable figures such as former President Bill Clinton. The invitations indicated that the wedding would take place in New York on Nov. 8, the report said.
The split brings to an end the couple’s two-plus-year courtship, during which they often jetted across the globe amid their respective tournament schedules to be by each other’s sides. Though it’s only speculation, perhaps McIlroy ultimately realized that two high-profile professional sporting careers and a marriage wouldn’t mix well.