Date
24 September 2017
They're off. Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki lit up the fairways and tennis stadiums in their short-lived romance. Photo: Getty
They're off. Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki lit up the fairways and tennis stadiums in their short-lived romance. Photo: Getty

Rory, ain’t no way to treat a lady

Prenuptial jitters are par for the course among prospective newlyweds, but when the would-be groom is one of the world’s top golfers, the experience could be like trying to sink the winning putt in a Major.

So when world No. 10 Rory McIlroy revealed that his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is off and the wedding kaput, he framed the announcement in the context of his sport.

“I’m not going to lie,” the two-time Major winner told reporters on the sidelines of this week’s BMW PGA championship. “It’s going to be really difficult, but when I get inside the ropes, I’m going to have to try and concentrate on the matter in hand.”

Fair enough.

But the heartache is not one-way, so Wozniacki, the 23-year-old Dane with whom the Irishman had been engaged since January, had to come up for a little consolation.

“I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had,” Reuters quoted McIlroy as saying.

Still, there’s something to be said about McIlroy’s last-minute about-turn and the fact that he is a card-carrying member of a gentleman’s sport whose practitioners are held to the highest standards.

And that is, whatever it is that made him change his mind, ain’t no way to treat a lady.

More so when he said he suddenly realized he was not ready for married life after the invitations had been sent out.

It’s nobody’s business, of course, to pry into someone’s personal life, much less be judgmental. But McIlroy chose to go public with his feelings and his reasons. Curiously, there has not been a word from his ex or a separate statement from her.

If McIlroy was looking for sympathy, he might have had a small measure of it by manning up: he let it be known that it was all his fault.

“The problem is mine … There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” he said.

As if to foreshadow the short-lived romance, McIlroy and Wozniacki, who had been in a relationship for 2-1/2 years, announced their engagement on Twitter.

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