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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

RORY McIlroy and his fiancee Caroline Wozniacki are unlikely to make it up the aisle before the end of 2014 because of busy schedules.

A source close to the couple said that McIlroy "has a very busy schedule for springtime", and that he was due back on the course in Abu Dhabi in mid-January, making a 2014 wedding seem unlikely.

Since the news of their engagement became public, congratulations have continued to pour in for the happy couple.

Fellow Northern Ireland player Graeme McDowell who himself got married last year, tweeted "congrats guys!" on the revelation that Rory had popped the question on New Year's Eve.

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Also sending tweets of congratulations were English golfer Ian Poulter, while Italian professional Francesco Molinari said: "Congrats Rory! Great start to the New Year."

The high-profile couple saw in 2014 with a bang announcing their engagement in the early hours of New Year's Day, after the 24-year-old proposed while they watched the midnight fireworks at Sydney's Harbour Bridge. A picture showed Caroline wearing a stunning diamond ring, rumoured to have cost in the region of €100k.

Sources say that while the couple announced their engagement, it is unlikely they will make it up the aisle before the end of the year. McIlroy's fiancee is also expected to return to the tennis court from a shoulder injury in time to participate in the Australian Open in the next two weeks. And the pair – both in the top echelons of their sport – have a busy schedule ahead of them this year, from this summer's Wimbledon for Wozniacki to a likely appearance by McIlroy in the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles in September. The couple began dating two years ago. Caroline (23) yesterday described her engagement to the Co Down man as "a wonderful way to start the new year".

However, Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney has stayed quiet on the news of his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Holly (22), who dated Rory for seven years before eventually splitting in 2011, was active on her Twitter account, but failed to mention her ex.

"A lot already packed into 2014 and we're only half way through the 1st day, let's see what the other 364 have in store," she said.

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