RORY McILROY insisted he had not thought about withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship despite breaking off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out wedding invitations.
McIlroy announced yesterday morning that his relationship with former world number one tennis player Wozniacki was over because he was not ready for marriage.
“There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” McIlroy said in a statement. “The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.
“I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”
Despite that warning, McIlroy did answer questions at his scheduled pre-tournament press conference at Wentworth.
Looking drained and emotional, the 25-year-old two-time major winner said: “Obviously (it’s) quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself and I think the statement really said it all this morning. It was mutual and amicable and we both thought it was the best for both of us. Time to move on and I think I’ve said all that I need to say.
“I just want to get my head into golf this week and concentrate on the tournament and try and do well. (I’ve) been playing well. The form’s been good. Just want to dive straight into it and keep myself somewhat busy and just try and have a good week on the course.
“I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be very difficult. But you know, at least when I get inside the ropes, (I can) just try and concentrate on the shot at hand.”
Asked if he had been tempted to withdraw from an event in which he has missed the cut in each of the last two years, McIlroy added: “No, I didn’t think there was any reason to do that. There’s no good time to sort of end a relationship I guess.
“I made a commitment to be here. Once I gave my word that I would, I wasn’t going to go back on it.
“My schedule right now is here, Memorial and US Open, Irish Open, Scottish Open, British Open. I don’t think that’s going to change.”