Rory McIlroy revealed on Wednesday that he had called off his five-month-long engagement with now ex-fiancee, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. McIlroy’s communications team issued a statement to the press:
“The problem is mine,” it read. “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise 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.”
(Strangely enough, I was having a conversation with someone somewhat close to McIlroy and his team last week about his engagement and pending nuptials. I was saying how surprised I was that Rory was getting married so young. [I also discovered the wedding was planned for the weekend after the Ryder Cup in NYC.] The response I got was that Rory was very “headstrong.” To which I replied, “That’s exactly why it surprises me.” Anyway, I’m sorry that It didn’t work out between the couple.)
Two hours later, McIlroy addressed the media on the eve of the BMW Players Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour’s flagship event. (Kudos to Rory for not canceling.) According to various reports, McIlroy was on the verge of tears at times speaking about the split with Wozniacki.
“It’s obviously a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and I think the statement really said it all this morning,” he said. “It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on and I think I’ve said all that I need to say.
“I just want to get my head into golf this week and concentrate on the tournament and try and do well… Look, I think I’m no different than anyone else. Everyone has been through break-ups and it’s obviously very, very difficult. But look, I’m here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions.”
McIlroy admitted it’s going to be very difficult to concentrate inside the ropes the next four or so days.
“I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be very difficult [to play well here]. 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.”
Asked if he ever considered pulling out of the tournament, McIlroy said no.
“I didn’t think there was any reason to do that,” he said. “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.
“I’m very proud to be part of the European Tour and the Tour have been very good to me over the last number of years, and I thought it was my duty to come back and play in this event. You know, once I gave my word that I would, I wasn’t going to go back on it.”
McIlroy might have found solace in his afternoon pro-am pairing, which included Teddy Sheringham, Peter Schmeichel and Phil Neville, three legends from Manchester United, his favorite soccer team.
“It’s going to be a nice afternoon,” McIlroy said via the New York Times.
Now, this seems just crass and insensitive, but there are *already* odds in Vegas on whom McIlroy will date next, via Bovada…
Who will Rory McIlroy Date Next?
Professional Actress or Model 3/1
Professional Musician 5/1
Professional Athlete 7/1
Anyone else 1/2