In a shocking turn of events, longtime celebrity athlete couple Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki have broken off their engagement just days after sending out wedding invitations. The Irish golfer essentially said in a statement, “It’s not you; it’s me.” Regardless of why the engagement was broken off, don’t expect McIlroy to contend at the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, this weekend.
McIlroy has six top-20 finishes in seven starts this season, including a tied-for-eighth finish at The Masters in April. Now with the U.S. Open just three weeks away, he’ll have time to get Wozniacki off his mind and start preparing to win his third career major.
While playing well in 2014, McIlroy’s poor play in 2013 was widely blamed on Wozniacki, who many called a distraction for the 25-year-old golfing phenom. After finishing third at the British Open in 2010, winning the U.S. Open in 2011 and winning the PGA Championship in 2012, McIlroy’s game fell off considerably in 2013, but now he appears to be back to his old self in 2014.
Of course, that solid play came with his November wedding planned and Wozniacki by his side. Now if his play drops without her, will her absence be blamed? McIlroy has a chance to make the attention around him purely golf-related at the U.S. Open and he undoubtedly knows that.