Rory McIlroy Dishes on How He Proposed to Caroline Wozniacki

By Jon Ackerman
Thursday January 16th, 2014 11:17 am EST

Getty Images

Last year was a tumultuous one, to say the least, for Rory McIlroy, but he ended it with a victory at the Australian Open in early December. That gave him a bit of momentum heading into the new year, which, as far as golf is concerned, he commences this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

So the first topic the moderator brought up as the world’s seventh-ranked golfer met with the press this week was … his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. And she couldn’t even avoid the question as she competes in the Australian Open:

McIlroy shed some light on the proposal.

“I was always going to do it on New Year’s, but we weren’t actually expecting to be in Sydney,” McIlroy said. “I thought we were still going to be in Brisbane. But Caroline had to pull out (of the Brisbane International) with a shoulder injury, and then thought it would be nice to spend New Year’s in Sydney. And we were out on a boat in the harbour for New Year’s and fireworks and stuff.”

Related Link: Odd Photos of Rory & Phil in Abu Dhabi

The conversation turned back to golf, but before long, he was asked for more specifics on the proposal. “Did you drop a little romance on her? How did you pop the question, and was she surprised?”

“Yeah, we were out on a boat in Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve, and (there were) fireworks and (we were) just in front of the Opera House,” McIlroy said. “Yeah, I guess there was a little bit of romance involved. And yeah, she was surprised. I had an idea that it might have been what she wanted or it was something that she would say yes to I guess; I hoped she would say yes.”

Follow-up questions ensued. “Were there other people on the boat? Did you drop to a knee so people probably saw this happening?”

“Yeah, it’s a funny story. It’s too long to go into but yeah,” McIlroy said.

“Go on, go on,” the media urged.

“No, I’ll keep that between us,” McIlroy said, smiling.

As for McIlroy’s golf in Abu Dhabi, he completed his first round Thursday with 2-under-par 70, three shots off the lead.

Related Links: Rory Engaged to Caroline | Rory & Caroline Timeline

Other Hot Links:
TV Preview: Back9Network Original Programming
- Photos: Rory & Caroline
- Video: Ahmad Rashad Hassled By Random Guy On Driving Range
- Update: Man Who Fell Through Golf Shop Ceiling is OK
- Will Phil Mickelson’s New Driver Help Him Win U.S. Open?

Bleacher Report

More in Players

John Daly Is Getting His Own 30 For 30 Film

John Daly Is Getting His Own 30 For 30 Film

What To Watch This Weekend: Golf's All We've Got

What To Watch This Weekend: Golf's All We've Got

Top 5 Celebrities To Watch At The Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Top 5 Celebrities To Watch At The Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Jake Owen Told The Best Jordan Spieth Story At Pebble Beach

Jake Owen Told The Best Jordan Spieth Story At Pebble Beach

Fantasy Insider: 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Picks

Fantasy Insider: 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Picks

Rules Junkie: When Swing Aids Are Legal

Rules Junkie: When Swing Aids Are Legal

Monday Morning Provisional: Cam Newton's Press Conference Reminds Of Dustin Johnson At Chambers Bay

Monday Morning Provisional: Cam Newton's Press Conference Reminds Of Dustin Johnson At Chambers Bay

Hideki Matsuyama Outlasts Rickie Fowler In Phoenix Open Playoff

Hideki Matsuyama Outlasts Rickie Fowler In Phoenix Open Playoff

Danny Lee Holds The 54-Hole Lead At The Waste Management Phoenix Open

Danny Lee Holds The 54-Hole Lead At The Waste Management Phoenix Open

Top 5 Favorite Things About The 16th Hole At The Phoenix Open

Top 5 Favorite Things About The 16th Hole At The Phoenix Open

tracking pixel