SunSport lowdown on the American beauty and Danish tennis star who have shared contrasting relationships with the world’s No 2 golfer
RORY McILROY is currently contesting the Players’ Championship at Sawgrass.
The world No 2 is competing with a set of new clubs and a new bride.
The Northern Ireland star last month married Erica Stoll in an 800-year-old Ashford Castle two years after McIlroy proposed in Paris.
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Who is Rory McIlroy’s wife Erica Stoll?
THE pretty blonde hails from New York, but latterly lived in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
Erica, aged 29, was working for the PGA when Rory met her so she understands the pressures of his job.
They actually first set eyes on each other in 2012 when Rory nearly ruined the Ryder Cup Miracle at Medinah by oversleeping.
Erica was the PGA employee who came to his rescue before police rushed him to the course that September morning .
Although she supports Rory at tournaments worldwide, Erica is said to prefer life away from the cameras and limelight.
She is a keen sailor and likes The Bachelor, the American dating show. So she is a romantic.
Erica loves to bake and made special cookies for the Ryder Cup.
When did they get married?
APRIL 21, 2017. A star-studded guest list included soul legend Stevie Wonder, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and One Direction’s Niall Horan.
Three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington and former Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley also attended McIlroy’s wedding in the grounds of Ashworth Castle, one of Ireland’s top of hotels.
A spectacular fireworks display was estimated to have cost more than £50,000 alone.
And why did he break up with Caroline Wozniacki?
RORY was engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki until famously calling things off in 2014 after their wedding invitations had already been sent out.
That was just before the start of that year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
He went onto to win that week and then captured the Open and US PGA later that year.
Explained Rory: “I thought at the time that being with someone that was in a similar position to you was the obvious answer.
“But it isn’t, because you can never get away from it. You can never detach yourself and try to come back to the real world.
“And that’s why I feel in such a good place now. I don’t feel Erica wants to change me in any way.
“I can be myself around her; there’s no bulls***, no acting, no show.”
What else is new with McIlroy?
McILROY has just signed a £80million deal to use TalorMade clubs – on top of his £160m contract to continue wearing Nike clothes.
Both deals will run for ten years, and Nike’s decision to pull out of the clubs market at the end of last year has provided McIlroy with a cash bonanza.