January 9th, 2014
Sports power couple Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki made it official on New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia, where the sixth-ranked golf star proposed to the 10th-ranked tennis star with an impressive halo-style engagement ring. McIlroy asked for Wozniacki's hand against the romantic backdrop of a magnificent fireworks display over the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
The ring’s cushion-cut center diamond, which is surrounded by a halo of smaller pavé-set round diamonds, is estimated to weigh at least five carats, and experts pegged the value of the ring at $250,000.
On New Year’s Day, Wozniacki (23) and McIlroy (24) reported the news of their engagement with a photo collage of the couple, the ring and fireworks over Sydney Harbor on their respective Twitter pages.
McIlroy went out to his 1.8 million followers with the following tweet: "Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!"
“Rory and I started 2014 with a bang! I said YES!,” Wozniacki tweeted to her 580,000 followers.
The couple was in Australia on New Year’s Eve in preparation for Wozniacki’s participation in the Sydney International tennis tournament. The former number-one-ranked player was unexpectedly ousted in the second round, but Wozniacki was still on Cloud 9 as she spoke to the press about her fiancé and their plans for the future.
"He had asked my parents for permission, like traditional, which was great,” she said. “It's a special moment, a special time in our lives. It's amazing to have everything set in the personal life, and we can really focus on our games and the year ahead of us in the sport. I think this was the best possible way to start off the year."
The New Year’s Eve marriage proposal puts to rest recent rumblings in the Irish Press that the couple had broken up. The Danish Wozniacki and Irish McIlroy (also previously ranked number-one in the world) have been dating since the summer of 2011. They have yet to announce their wedding plans.