22 May 2014

McIlroy breaks off engagement

3:06 pm on 22 May 2014

Golfer Rory McIlroy has called off his engagement to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, saying after sending out wedding invitations last weekend that he's not ready for marriage.

The couple announced their engagement on Twitter in January when Northern Ireland's world number 10 golfer proposed following a New Year's Eve fireworks show in Sydney.

McIlroy, looking clearly distraught, told a news conference later in the day that he never had any thoughts of withdrawing from the European Tour's flagship event, the British PGA Championship, which starts overnight at Wentworth near London.

The 25-year-old says it's going to be difficult focusing on golf, but he has to fulfil his commitment to play.