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Rory McIlroy Tees off at the PGA Championship Just Days After Filing for Divorce

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Rory McIlroy returned to the golf course for the 2024 PGA Championship after filing for divorce from his estranged wife, Erica Stollearlier this week.

The 35-year-old professional golfer removed his wedding ring and teed off at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville around 8 a.m. EST on Thursday, May 16. At the time of publication, he was two under par in six rounds.

Us weekly previously confirmed that McIlroy filed for divorce from Stoll, 36, in Florida on Monday, May 13, claiming their marriage was “irretrievably broken.” Shortly after the news broke, McIlroy commented on the split.

“Rory McIlroy’s communications team confirmed today that a divorce has been filed,” McIlroy’s spokesperson told the Irish Star on Tuesday, May 14. “They emphasized Rory’s desire to ensure that this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible. “He will have no further comment.”

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McIlroy met Stoll in 2012 when he was dating a tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, from whom he separated in 2014 after three years together. At the time, Stoll was working as a PGA transportation representative at the Ryder Cup and helped McIlroy get to the tournament on time after he overslept. The two got engaged in Paris in 2015 and tied the knot at a castle in Ireland in April 2017. They later welcomed daughter Poppy in August 2020.

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In May 2015, McIlroy stated: The Times of London that he had known Stoll “for three years and we were good friends” and gushed that he was “very happy in my love life.”

He also noted that his enjoyment of his personal life translated into increased golf performance. “If everything is good off the golf course, you can be better on the golf course,” he said.

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That same year, McIlroy gushed about his relationship with Stoll while visiting Facebook headquarters in Dublin.

Rory McIlroy tees off at the PGA Championship just days after filing for divorce
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“For me, Erica brings such a level of normality to everything. She has a calming aura, a calmness, and that doesn’t just apply to me; it is noticeable in every company. “She never wants to be the center of attention and is always very comfortable in the background,” he shared at the time. “She had a huge influence on me and gave my life a great balance between who I am when people see me out here and who I am at home.”

Two years later, McIlroy opened up about his connection to Stoll in the early days of their relationship.

“The thing I love about it is that we were friends before anything romantic happened,” he told the Irish Independent in January 2017. “We met when she was working for the PGA of America and renting a condo in Palm Beach, and I found it refreshing to be with someone who had a normal life instead of being like, ‘Oh !’ “My jet is delayed by 30 minutes.”

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