Rory McIlroy has ended his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending wedding invites to friends and family, an occurrence that made the golfing star realise he "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. The problem is mine. 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.
McIlroy's honest release is sure to shock many. The 25-year-old was dating tennis star Wozniacki, 23, for over two years. Their engagement was originally announced at the end of 2013, per BBC Sport.
Wozniacki talked about the breakup on Twitter Thursday:
It's a hard time for me right now.Thanks for all the sweet messages!Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I'll never walk alone— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) May 22, 2014
Sky News reported McIlroy bought Wozniacki a £100,000 ring, which she could be seen wearing at the Australian Open. It is also said McIlroy approached her parents for permission before popping the question.
Indeed, Neil Harman of The Times certainly didn't see this development coming:
I was saying last week in Rome how well Caroline Wozniacki is looking. Never seen her happier. Oh dear.— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) May 21, 2014
Victoria McMahon of the Mirror believes the wedding was going to take place in New York and would have included former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the guest list. McIlroy proposed on a boat in Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve, leading the former World No. 1 into declaring Wozniacki is "definitely the right girl for me," per McMahon.
McIlroy is now likely to primarily focus on his golfing career, which has suffered under a lack of concentration recently. His next objective will be to win the BMW PGA Championship, a key event on the European Tour calendar.
Hours after first addressing the media, McIlroy confirmed the split was mutual and that he understands it will be difficult to play in the aftermath, reported by the Associated Press via ESPN:
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.
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.
Wozniacki, who used to top the WTA rankings, is currently ranked 14th in the world. The Danish star is yet to win a Grand Slam and has struggled for consistent form since 2012, the year her dramatic drop down the rankings began.
She will be looking to improve a singles record that currently stands at 15-8 for the year, per ESPN Tennis.