On Tuesday, as he prepared to make his season debut in Abu Dhabi, Rory McIlroy was asked more about his engagement than his equipment.
After a year of turmoil on and off the course, the world No. 7 considers that a welcome change.
Speaking publicly for the first time since he proposed to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on New Year’s Eve, McIlroy said the engagement took place on a boat on the Sydney Harbour, in front of the Opera House.
“I guess there was a little bit of romance involved,” he told reporters at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“And yes, she was surprised,” he continued. “I mean, I had an idea that it might have been what she wanted or it was something she would say ‘yes’ to. I hoped she would say yes. It all worked out. It was a great way to end 2013, and a great way to start 2014.”
McIlroy added that “it will only help to have that stability” with his relationship and “know that everything in that regard in my life is set.”
“It’s a big step in anybody’s life to make that decision and obviously is not one that you take lightly,” he said. “If you get engaged, you plan on spending the rest of your life with that person, so it’s a big decision, but I feel like she is definitely the right girl for me.”