Rory McIlroy insisted he had not thought about withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship despite breaking off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out wedding invitations.
McIlroy announced on Wednesday morning that his relationship with former world number one tennis player Wozniacki was over because he was not ready for marriage.
The 25-year-old two-time major winner said: “I just want to get my head into golf this week and concentrate on the tournament and try and do well.
“The form’s been good. Just want to dive straight into it and keep myself somewhat busy and just try and have a good week on the course.
“At least when I get inside the ropes, (I can) just try and concentrate on the shot at hand.”
Asked if he had been tempted to withdraw from an event in which he has missed the cut in each of the last two years, he added: “The European Tour have been very good to me over the last number of years and I thought it was my duty to come back and play in this event.
“Once I gave my word that I would, I wasn’t going to go back on it. My schedule right now is here, Memorial and US Open, Irish Open, Scottish Open, British Open.”
Given the current situation, the odds on a McIlroy victory this week have lengthened.
He added; “I’m trying to go in this week with the mind-set of not getting frustrated, trying to play to my spots and not be frustrated that I might only get to hit driver two or three times a round and feel like my advantage of my length is taken away from me.
“I’m just going to try, you know, just accept that you’ve got to plot your way around this golf course and not be overly aggressive.”