Monday December 31st, 2012

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are not ready to tie the knot -- yet. (Getty Images) Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are not ready to tie the knot -- yet. (Getty Images)

After Caroline Wozniacki showed up in Brisbane on Friday with a massive diamond and sapphire ring on her engagement finger, questions swirled as to whether boyfriend Rory McIlroy had popped the question over the offseason. As it turns out, the answer is no, the pair is not engaged. McIlroy's people quickly issued a statement denying the rumors.

“On behalf of Rory McIlroy I would like to confirm that he has NOT become engaged to Caroline Wozniacki as was originally reported in Australian press,” a short statement read. “Rory is in Australia to support Caroline before he heads in January to Abu Dhabi.”

As for Caroline, she was surprised by all the hoopla over the ring.

She admitted it was a Christmas present from the Northern Irishman, but it wasn't designed to revive continued speculation that the pair, who just bought a Florida mansion together, were set to tie the knot.

''It's not an engagement ring,'' Wozniacki said Saturday. ''Those rumors once again I'll have to shut down and say we're not engaged … not yet anyway.''

You show up with your beau in tow wearing a huge rock, and you're surprised people tried to put one and one together? Surely you jest.

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