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'Rory asked my parents for permission before proposal'


Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty images

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty images

HE is one old-fashioned romantic. Golfing champ Rory McIlroy asked Caroline Wozniacki's parents for their blessing before popping the question.

And the tennis ace said she appreciated Rory's approach.

"He had asked my parents for permission, like traditional, which was great," she said.

"I was very happy. They were very happy for me, and his parents as well and everyone around us.

"So it's a special moment, a special time in our lives. It's amazing to have everything set in the personal life and we can really focus on our games and the year ahead of us in the sport, which we're both looking very much forward to."

Rory got down on bended knee while the couple were watching a dramatic fireworks display over Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Year's Eve.


The 23-year-old Danish sports star said the surprise engagement "was the best possible way to start off the year."

The couple were quick to share the good news with their Twitter fans and followers.

"Happy New Year everyone!" McIlroy wrote online. "I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014. She said yes!", alongside a picture of the rock on his Danish fiancee's finger.

Meanwhile, Wozniacki tweeted: "Happy New Year everyone! Rory and I started 2014 with a bang! ... I said YES!!!!"

The couple started dating in 2011 after Rory split from his childhood sweetheart Holly Sweeney. The pair have been together since and Caroline says being involved with a fellow sports star has its advantages.

"It's great to have someone there who understands you and is always there to support you," she said.

"Obviously, it's both individual sports and both with a ball. I think mostly it's just he understands how it is to be a professional athlete.

"All the expectations and all the ups and downs and how amazing it feels when you're winning and how tough it can be when you're not."

Yesterday, Caroline proved the engagement was spurring her on, when she had her first win of 2014 at the Sydney International over German Julia Goerges.


The tennis star showed off her impressive engagement ring at the press conference afterwards which is reported to be worth more than €150,000 and is at least five carats. The halo-style ring features a centre diamond which is surrounded by smaller diamonds.

The couple have yet to set a date for the wedding.

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