Luke Donald: 'Caroline Wozniacki break-up will hurt Rory McIlroy's game'

Luke Donald of England hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on August 7, 2013
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Luke Donald thinks that Rory McIlroy's golf game is likely to suffer after his split from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.

Luke Donald has said that Rory McIlroy's golf game is likely to suffer after his split from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.

It was revealed this morning that former world number one McIlroy and Danish tennis player Wozniacki had ended their engagement just days after sending out wedding invitations.

Donald hadn't heard the news until asked about how McIlroy would handle the situation at a press conference ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which starts tomorrow.

"We all know how hard this game is when you have a clear mind," PA quotes Donald as saying today. "I can't imagine what's going through his mind now. Obviously that's the first I've heard of it and I'm as surprised as shocked as I'm sure you guys are.

"Any time you have personal issues clouding your mind and you're trying to play golf, it becomes very difficult.

"Sometimes being on the golf course can be a little bit of a break away from that, but most of the time it's very hard to separate those two things. Obviously I wish both of them the best."

Donald, a two-time winner of the BMW PGA in 2011 and 2012, plays his first two rounds with Charl Schwartzel and Henrik Stenson on Thursday and Friday.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the 56th Kolon Korea Open 2013 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club on October 20, 2013
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