Rory McIlroy files for divorce from wife Erica

Rory McIlroy filed for divorce from wife Erica Stoll ahead of this week’s PGA Championship.

The PGA Tour star filed divorce papers in Florida on Monday, according to TMZ Sports, seven years after they married.

McIlory, 35, shares daughter Poppy, 3, with Stoll.

Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce from his wife Erica. EPA
Rory McIlroy celebrates his victory at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship with his wife Erica and daughter Poppy. Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica with their daughter Poppy in 2021. Getty Images

The four-time major winner first became romantically involved with Stoll in late 2014, months after breaking off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

They met two years prior at the Ryder Cup, where Stoll worked as the PGA’s transportation manager, according to People.

“That week, Erica was always the one checking us in and out. She was there at the transport, so she was always in the parking lot there (near the clubhouse),” McIlroy said in a 2019 interview, according to NBC Sports.

“But yeah, it’s always cool to look around and think about that week, and obviously everything that’s happened since then. It’s really cool.”

Rory McIlroy poses for a photo with his wife, Erica Stoll and daughter Poppy McIlroy at the Par 3 competition ahead of the 2023 Masters. Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica Stoll before the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome. Getty Images
Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica during the final day of the Ryder Cup, October 1, 2023. Sports file via Getty Images

McIlroy married Stoll in a prestigious ceremony at Ashford Castle in Ireland in 2017, with Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin among those in attendance, according to E! News.

Stoll has supported McIlroy at various events on the golf circuit, including last year’s Ryder Cup in Italy.

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Poppy, who Stoll and McIlroy hosted in 2020, also competed in the Par 3 competition at the Masters in 2023.

McIlroy’s camp confirmed to the Irish Independent on Monday that the divorce had been filed and “they emphasized Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible.”

Rory McIlroy’s wife, Erica Stoll, attends the Masters Par 3 competition on April 5, 2023. Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his victory at the Wells Fargo Championship on May 12, 2024. Getty Images

McIlroy “will make no further comment”, according to the Irish Independent.

News of McIlroy’s divorce comes days before the opening round of the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

McIlroy won the major tournament in 2012 and 2014.

He’s coming off a victory at last weekend’s Wells Fargo Championship, where he finished at 17 under par.

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