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  • 21 May 2014, 9:46

Rory McIlroy Calls Off Wozniacki Wedding

Golfer Rory McIlroy has called off his engagement to tennis star CarolineWozniacki just days after posting wedding invitations.

The former world number one said he ended the relationship after realising 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.

The 25-year-old, a two-time major winner, issued a statement after talking to Wozniacki.

"The problem is mine," said the Northern Irishman.

"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."

McIlroyhad announced his engagement to the 23-year-old via Twitter on January 1, 2014.

At the time McIlroy tweeted: "I have a feeling it is going to be a great year."

Wozniacki later revealed the golfer asked her parents for permission before popping the question.

She then flaunted her diamond ring - reportedly worth well over 100,000 - at the Australian Open.

There was no hint of trouble in the relationship on Sunday when McIlroy tweeted a picture while the couple were having dinner at Nobu restaurant in Monte Carlo.

Wozniacki, who was born in Denmark to Polish parents, reached world number one in her own sport in 2012 but has yet to win a Grand Slam.

The couple - dubbed Wozzilroy in some circles after a golf wedge was engraved with the moniker - had reportedly been an item for more than two years.

And they were arguably the most successful and richest pairing in modern sport.

McIlory has a $20m (12m) a year contract with Nike, while deals with companies like Turkish Airlines supplemented Wozniacki's tennis earnings.