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Issuing wedding invitations spooks Rory McIlroy into split with Caroline Wozniacki

By Amanda Ferguson

The Wozzilroy fairytale is over.

Spooked by the reality of what the power sport couple’s impending wedding would mean, Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy has called off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and ended the relationship.

The two-time major winner and former world number one from Holywood, Co Down, broke off his five-month engagement to the 23-year-old sportswoman just days after invitations for their wedding — believed to be scheduled for November 8 in New York — were sent out.

Among those invited was former US President Bill Clinton.

The break-up comes just weeks after a magazine interview with Caroline, where she revealed her hopes of becoming a mother soon.

There was no public sign of any problems with the pair, as just days ago Rory had posted a photograph of the view from Nobu restaurant in Monte Carlo where he had been dining with his then fiancee.

In a statement issued through his Dublin-based communications consultancy yesterday, the 25-year-old, who is worth an estimated £28m, announced the end of the near three-year relationship, which has been dogged by split rumours throughout.

“There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” he said.

“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.”

Later at a press conference, he was downbeat but candid ahead of the PGA Championship tournament at Wentworth, describing the split with the tennis player, who is worth an estimated £15m, as “amicable and mutual”.

“Obviously (it’s) quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself and I think the statement really said it all this morning.

“It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was 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. I’ve been playing well. The form’s been good. I just want to dive straight into it and keep myself somewhat busy and just try and have a good week on the course.

“I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be very difficult, but you know, at least when I get inside the ropes, I can just try and concentrate on the shot at hand.”

In 2013, British golf legend Nick Faldo warned Rory to “concentrate on golf” after a slump in form and South African record breaker Gary Player — one of Rory's heroes — warned him about marrying the wrong woman.

So far Caroline has remained silent on the end of the couple’s relationship.

Her Danish former doubles partner Malou Ejdesgaard (23) spoke of her “complete surprise” at the split after receiving her invite to the wedding only two days ago.

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