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  • 26 May 2014, 8:10

McIlroy 'Putts' Wozniacki Heartache Behind Him

Rory McIlroy clinched a dramatic victory in the PGA Championship just days after breaking off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

The Northern Irishman had claimed it would be "very difficult" to put the split out of his mind during the BMW-sponsored event but managed to overhaul a seven-shot deficit on the final day.

McIlroy did not take the lead until completing a birdie on the 71st hole. Another on the last left him 14 under par - one ahead of Ireland's Shane Lowry.

Two-time winner Luke Donald and Thomas Bjorn were another shot behind in third.

The Wentworth victory was McIlroy's first in the European Tour's premier tournament.

"It's a rollercoaster," he said. "I'm not exactly sure how I'm feeling right now, to be honest.

"I struggled a little on Friday but played great over the weekend. I was a little fortunate that some of the guys ahead of me made mistakes and I took advantage of it."

The 25-year-old, a former world number one, has endured an emotional week after deciding to call off his wedding while sending out the invites last weekend.

He released a statement which read: "The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.

"There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people.

"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."

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