RORY McILROY has revealed how he met his stunning fiancee Erica Stoll – and why he dramatically called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. "I want to become the best player in the world, I think we definitely spur each other on," McIlroy said shortly after the relationship became public. McIlroy, ranked 10th in the world, is currently preparing for the European Tour's flagship event -- the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England. For other inquiries, Contact Us. The bookmaker Ladbrokes, which offered odds of 5-1 last January against the couple getting engaged in 2013, confirmed that it would pay out, even though the announcement came after midnight New Year's Day, Australian time. The golfer went on to win a second major, the 2012 PGA Championship, and gain the No 1 spot that he craved, but he struggled last year before winning the Australian Open in December, taking his world ranking to six. Its when people start digging into my personal life,thats where it starts to annoy you whether its Caroline,whether its management,all that stuff shouldnt be a consequence to how I play my golf., When he was asked jokingly whether they broke up five or six times this year,McIlroy gave a hearty laugh and said,Something like that.. McIlroy and Wozniacki are not the first high-profile golf and tennis couple to wed: Greg Norman and Chris Evert married in 2008, although that match ended in divorce 13 months later. Danish star was engaged to the Northern Irish golfer in 2014 after a three-year relationship... but they broke up months later. McIlroy makes his 2014 debut on Jan. 16-19 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Rory McIlroy is claiming his first win of the new year his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails," McIlroy said. McIlroy is coming off a rough season in which he failed to meet enormous expectations while changing golf equipment. updated 8:18 AM EST, Thu December 11, 2014. That's what it takes to be the best.". Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. updated 7:18 PM EDT, Thu September 25, 2014. All Martin Kaymer could think about was getting his phone out. Tom Watson has learned plenty in the 21 years since he was last U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but social media is proving to be problematic. 2. He added a hashtag, "She said yes!!" She was engaged to golf star Rory McIlroy but the marriage was called off in May 2014. One of those reports was in August,even though McIlroy and Wozniacki had dinner in New York the following night ahead of the U.S. Open in tennis. "I'm not going to lie. They included a collage of three photos -- her engagement ring, a photo of them together and fireworks over the Sydney Harbor. "It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning," McIlroy said at Wentworth. A spokesman for McIlroy confirmed he popped the question in Sydney,where Wozniacki is starting to prepare for the Australian Open in Melbourne. They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews cutting-edge technology -- this is hickory golf. But you know, at least when I get inside the ropes I can just try and concentrate on the shot at hand. updated 12:09 PM EDT, Mon September 15, 2014. He Was Previously Engaged to Caroline Wozniacki McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki started dating in 2011. Wozniacki had been due to compete in an event in Rome but withdrew to meet up with him. 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I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.". Rory McIlroy's ex-fiance Caroline Wozniacki gets married in Tuscany The bride, 28, wore a custom strapless Oscar de la Renta wedding gown with a cathedral length tulle veil irishmirror A ban on uploading social media pictures from the course at Gleneagles was dropped for the Ryder Cup. Appearing uncomfortable and subdued, the two-time major winner spoke about the decision ahead of the BMW PGA Championship only a few hours after announcing the split in a statement. Wed 1 Jan 2014 09.48 EST Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki appear to be a happy couple at the Masters in April, but reports say the golf pro dumped the tennis star over the phone last week. She has yet to win a Grand Slam tournament. Tweets of congratulations about their engagement began pouring in from Graeme McDowell,Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari. TENNIS ace Caroline Wozniacki has announced she is engaged to NBA star David Lee. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. One of the top power couples in sports announced their engagement Tuesday night on Twitter, which was Wednesday morning in Australia. While they did so in British time, it was 2014 … Sport's highest profile romantic couple have seen in 2014 with a bang, an enormous diamond – and a message tweeted to their millions of followers on social media. In January Ladbrokes offered odds of 5-1 on McIlroy and Wozniacki becoming engaged during 2013. McIlroy makes his 2014 debut on Jan. 16-19 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now. Caroline Wozniacki has been engaged to Rory McIlroy (2013 – 2014). But yeah, it's obviously going to be difficult. According to the Daily Mail, the two met at a boxing match in Germany. However, the pair split up as the Northern Irishman claimed he wasn't ready to be married. The bookmaker Ladbrokes, which offered odds of 5-1 last January against the couple getting engaged in 2013, confirmed that it … The couple have been relatively public about their relationship, appearing frequently at each other's events and posting photographs on social media of them together. 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. First published on Wed 1 Jan 2014 09.48 EST. pic.twitter.com/J7c2pXgsdC, — Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 31, 2013. After the injury forced her to pull out of this week's Brisbane International, the tournament will offer Wozniacki her last opportunity to warm up before the Australian Open in less than two weeks. VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Only a few days after sending out wedding invitations, golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday. He changed his avatar on Twitter to a picture of the couple when Wozniacki was No. ", updated 10:47 AM EST, Thu December 18, 2014. Copyright © 2020 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. 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