Friday 28 November 2014

McIlroy: I haven’t turned my phone on since split

Published 22/05/2014 | 21:38

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (L) works as the caddie for her boyfriend, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, during the Par 3 Contest ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark attend the US Golf Writers Dinner on April 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is seen wearing her engagement ring from Rory McIlroy as she speaks to media during day two of the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks to his fiance Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, after coming joint second after the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 19, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki attend the Dubai Duty Free Race Day at Newbury Racecourse on April 20, 2012 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki at a friend’s wedding
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are sighted at the Sony Tennis Open 2013 at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 19, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/FilmMagic)
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki arrives at Sony Open Player Party 2013 at JW Marriott Marquis on March 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy attend the 2012 US Open party hosted by Poland's Consul General at Beaux Arts De Lamar Mansion on August 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
Chatting casually as Rory plays.
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki during day one of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.
Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at an Ulster rugby match at Ravenhill.
Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Rory McIlroy with former girlfriend and world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Rory and Caroline visit Sydney together. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
The couple enjoying heights in Australia. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Caroline does her best 'Rory' impression. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Eating breakfast in New York, the Twitter photo that confirmed their relationship was still on during the summer. (Twitter: Caroline Wozniacki)
Caroline Wozniacki Party - Copenhagen...Rory McIlroy in Denmark to support Caroline Wozniacki at her home tournament, the e-Boks Open. Caroline Wozniacki and her family hosted a party at Zen nightclub in Copenhagen, Monday April 9th, 2012. Rory and Caroline arrive at Zen. PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHON UNGER / POLFOTO...E
When questioned about marriage plans Caroline once said: 'I think that question will be for him to answer.'
Rory McIlroy stands with his caddie, and girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

Rory McIlroy revealed he has not turned on his phone and even given away his laptop as he tries to cope with the aftermath of his split from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.

McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he had called off his planned November wedding to former world number one tennis player Wozniacki, even though invitations had just been sent out.

The 25-year-old admitted he would find it very difficult to concentrate on his golf in the BMW PGA Championship this week, but did a commendable job with a first round of 68 at Wentworth.

"At times it was very difficult but I just tried to bury my head in my golf and I did a pretty good job of it," McIlroy said. "It's going to be a very tough week and I am just trying to put my head fully into my golf.

"I think it's only natural, I don't think you would be human if it wasn't tough, especially when it's a little slow out there and you are waiting between shots.

"I haven't turned on my phone for a few days and I've given my laptop away, I'm sort of living like I'm in the 70s. It's s***** and tough but it's the way it is and people who have come up to me have been very supportive."

Asked why he chose to issue a statement and answer questions in a press conference on Wednesday, McIlroy added: "It was played out in the media so much it was the best way to do it."

McIlroy's task was made harder by two weather delays caused by the threat of lightning, the second of which came after he had played just one hole.

But the two-time major winner went on to card three birdies and two eagles in his 68, holing a wedge from 130 yards on the seventh and missing out on an albatross on the 12th by a matter of inches following a five-iron approach from 203 yards.

"It's always nice to make two eagles in one round, I can't remember the last time I did that," McIlroy added. "I've never had an albatross, that's one thing my dad still has over me.

"Four under has got me in the top 10 (joint eighth) which is a pretty rare position for me in this tournament. A 68 is probably my best round on this course for a while (he also shot 68 in the third round in 2011).

"I would just be delighted to make it to the weekend because I haven't done that the last two years."

Wozniacki grateful for support 

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