Rory McIlroy ended engagement with Caroline Wozniacki in a 'three minute phone call'
A lot can happen in three minutes - including the end of an engagement.
The Northern Irish golfer announced that he and Caroline would no longer be getting married at a press conference on May 21st.
Now it has emerged that the three-year relationship was ended in a phone call lasting just 180 seconds.
The call came as such a shock to tennis star Caroline (23) that she reportedly believed it was a joke.
The couple had hired a celebrity wedding planner, sent out their invitations and Caroline, former world number one tennis player, had already picked her dress for the big day.
The Danish player spoke publicly about her upset this week, telling the press that it “came as a bit of a shock.”
She subsequently told the media: “I am happy to talk about my match but not my personal life.”
Against the wishes of her agent, she admirably returned to the court this week.
Speaking after the French Open, her first match since the split, which she lost to Belgian player Yanina Wickmaye, she added: “I just tried to prepare the best that I could, and really tried to focus on my match and on what I had to do out there.”
In a public statement, Rory (25) said, “The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready”.
Caroline and Rory became engaged in Sydney on New Years Eve after a two year relationship.
Save-the-Date cards had been issued by the pair just days before Rory’s announcement, informing guests of their nuptials in New York this coming November.
The day after Co. Down native Rory announced the split, the tennis ace tweeted: "It's a hard time for me right now. Thanks for all the sweet messages. Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I'll never walk alone."
Fellow Irish golfer Padraig Harrington reached out to both parties saying, “It was reality, he just wasn’t ready for it. Do I sympathise with him? Yeah I sympathise with both of them, absolutely.”
Meanwhile, Rory had his first win since 2012 over the weekend with a remarkable victory in the BMW PGA championship.