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McIlroy, Wozniacki announce engagement

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Rory McIlroy is claiming his first win of the brand new year – his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

One of the high power couples in sports activities announced their engagement Tuesday night time on Twitter, which was Wednesday morning in Australia. A spokesman for McIlroy confirmed he popped the query in Sydney, the place Wozniacki is beginning to prepare for the Australian Open in Melbourne.

"Glad New Yr everyone! I've a sense it's going to be a terrific year!! My first victory of 2014," McIlroy tweeted. He added a hashtag, "She mentioned sure!!" Wozniacki sent out an analogous tweet a couple of minutes earlier that mentioned, "Completely happy New Yr everybody! Rory and I began 2014 with a bang!.. I mentioned SURE!!!!"

They included a collage of three photographs – her engagement ring, a photo of them together and fireworks over the Sydney Harbor.

That ought to put to rest two stories out of Ireland at different occasions this 12 months that they have been splitting up. A kind of reports was in August, regardless that McIlroy and Wozniacki had dinner in New York the next night time forward of the U.S. Open in tennis.

They first started to see each other in the summer of 2011, shortly after McIlroy received his first major with a report-setting efficiency in the U.S. Open at Congressional. They confirmed they had been courting a couple of months later, and so they had been by no means shy about sharing their relationship on social media.

He changed his avatar on Twitter to an image of the couple when Wozniacki was No. 1 and McIlroy was No. 2. That modified within six months, when McIlroy first ascended to No. 1 on the planet and Wozniacki started a gradual decline down the WTA ranking. She now's No. 10, while McIlroy goes into the 2014 season at No. 6.

McIlroy is coming off a tough season through which he failed to meet monumental expectations and changed golf gear. He additionally left his administration company in a nasty cut up that is to be settled next 12 months in an Irish court docket. The 24-yr-previous from Northern Ireland did not win a event till the Australian Open in December.

It was his first 12 months of great. criticism, and McIlroy said it solely bought to him when it concerned his personal life.

"I don't care what individuals say about my golf," he said. "It is when individuals begin digging into my private life, that's the place it begins to annoy you – whether it's Caroline, whether it is management, all that stuff shouldn't be a consequence to how I play my golf."

When he was asked jokingly whether or not they broke up 5 or 6 instances this year, McIlroy gave a hearty snort and stated, "One thing like that."

Wozniacki joined him at the World Challenge in California, and then they headed to south Florida and his new dwelling for the first a part of the vacations. He later went to Northern Ireland earlier than heading Down Under.

Tweets of congratulations about their engagement began pouring in from Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy makes his 2014 debut on Jan. sixteen-19 within the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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