Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki Call off Their Engagement

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland alongside his caddie/girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for Golfweek)
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Rory McIlroy has called if his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki just days after the couple sent out their wedding invitations.

“The problem is mine,” McIlroy said in a statement released earlier today, as reported by Ryan Lavner of “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.”

In the same statement, McIlroy went on to say, “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.”

This assertion by McIlroy that he would not be addressing the matter any further in any setting lasted all of about an hour before he spoke to the media in Wentworth, England, where he is on hand for the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, which is the European Tour’s flagship event.

“It’s quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself…it was mutual and amicable and we both thought it the best for both of us,” a somber McIlroy said during the opening of his press conference.

When asked about how difficult it would be to concentrate on golf this week, the two-time major-winner responded by saying “I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be very difficult. But at least when I get inside the ropes I can try to concentrate on that shot at hand. But yeah, it’s obviously going to be difficult.”

With Tiger Woods sidelined by a back injury, Phil Mickelson having missed the cut in both the Masters and the Players Championship and McIlroy now going through a difficult break-up, three of the game’s biggest stars are not in a good place heading into the U.S. Open.

This is of course terrible news for the game of golf, which has already been void of any kind of star power for most of the 2014 season.