Golfing World News: May 21

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We start with Rory McIlroy, who has called off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki.

In a brief statement issued through his Dublin-based communications consultants the Northern Irishman said the problem was his and that there was “no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people.” Before concluding that he wished “Caroline all the happiness she deserves” before thanking her for the “great times” they’d had.

To Tiger Woods’ road to recovery.

The 14-time major winner, who was recently replaced by Adam Scott as world number one, has been side-lined since March after undergoing back surgery.

“Prior to the surgery I didn't think I would have much of a playing career if I felt like this. As I said, I couldn't even get out of bed. But now that I have had the procedure I am excited about what the prospects hold, that I am able to feel this way and if that's the case, then I am excited about my career. I'm able to do what I want to do for as long as I want to.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s opening round of the BMW PGA Championship the European Tour’s annual awards dinner took place, and it was Henrik Stenson who dominated the ceremony.

The Swede, who has risen to third in the world, took home the Harry Vardon Trophy - awarded for the winner of the Race to Dubai, the European Tour Player of the Year as well the European Tour Shot of the Year for his approach to the final hole of the DP World Tour Championship.

And finally we end on the news that an 11-year-old is set to play at next month’s women’s US Open.

Lucy Li will compete at Pinehurst next month after carding rounds of 74 and 68 on the par 72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay in her native California.

Li, who also won the first edition Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held at Augusta ahead of the Masters, will now beat the record set by Lexi Thompson in 2007, who was 12 years, four months and 18 days old.

That’s all for today, join us tomorrow as we preview the weekend’s action.
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