Saturday 23 February 2019

Rory McIlroy spooked by invites

Rory McIlroy with Caroline Wozniacki
Rory McIlroy with Caroline Wozniacki

Julia Molony

IT MUST have come as a shock to 23-year-old Caroline Wozniacki. Her fiance, Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, was busy sending out invitations to their wedding, then, last week, he was less sedate golfer than long-distance sprinter, barrelling away from commitment at full pelt, and telling the world he's not "ready for all that marriage entails."

Of course, it might have been nice for 23-year-old tennis player Caroline (with Rory, below right) if he'd given the whole lifelong commitment thing a bit of thought before say, asking her to put her name on the invitations and (probably) letting her buy the dress. Those things do add up to a split in which the humiliation of rejection is a little more, well, public. But as Rory said in his public announcement on the matter, "there is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people". It's the kind of emotionally impenetrable statement that only a 25-year-old feeling press-ganged into matrimony can muster.

And it probably had Caroline shouting at her television. One suggestion Rory, there might be no "right way" to break, but there is probably a better way – a better way doesn't usually involve a press-conference, or a jilted bride.There were those that speculated that an unflattering twitter pic Wozniacki posted of her fiance last year (jet lagged, mouth-open, mid-snore) might have contributed to trouble in paradise, but according to McIlroy, it was the act of sending out the invitations that spooked him. Given his strong start in the PGA championships, you'd wonder how much comfort Caroline could take in the fact that he admitted the split might affect his performance in the tournament

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