Rory McIlroy announced on the eve the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth that he has broke off his engagement to professional tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
The pair announced their intentions to marry on New Year's Eve, but after sending out invitations at the weekend the two-time major champion admitted he was not ready to wed.
"The problem is mine," he told reporters. "The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails."
McIlroy has endured a tough two years since sealing his second major title at Kiawah Island in the summer of 2012, suffering a loss of form that saw him remain winless throughout the 2013 PGA Tour season as well as becoming embroiled in legal battles against his former management company and sunglasses firm Oakley.
After showing an improvement in his game this season, everything appeared to be heading in the right direction when he announced alongside Wozniacki on the last day of 2013 that they had gotten engaged.
However, the 25-year-old from Holywood confirmed on Wednesday that they are no longer together.
In a statement issued from his management company, McIlroy added: "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 have had."
Despite ending their relationship, McIlroy is intent on playing at the European Tour's flagship event this week, while Wozniacki is set to compete at the year's first tennis Grand Slam event at Roland Garros which starts next week.
The former US and US PGA winner said the decision to break off their engagement had been mutual, and amicable, while going on to say it was a difficult time but best for the both of them.
"I just want to get in to golf now. I've been playing well, forms been good, and I just want to dive straight into it and keep myself busy," he added.
The Holywood golfer has never won at Wentworth and missed the cut in 2011 and 2012.
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