Rory McIlroy files for divorce from his wife Erica after seven years of marriage


Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce from his wife, Erica Stoll, after seven years of marriage, according to court records from Palm Beach County, Florida. This unexpected development comes just before the PGA Championship. McIlroy and Stoll’s relationship began during the Ryder Cup in 2012, blossomed into dating two years later, and culminated in marriage in 2017. Poppy, their lone child, was born in September 2020.
Rory McIlroy files for divorce from his wife Erica after seven years of marriage
Rory McIlroy files for divorce from his wife Erica after seven years of marriage

TMZ was the first to report the filing, which took place on Monday. Currently, there are no public documents available from the divorce petition. Thomas Sasser, the same lawyer who represented Tiger Woods during his 2010 divorce, is handling McIlroy’s legal matters.


A statement from McIlroy’s manager, Sean O’Flaherty, confirmed the divorce filing and emphasized McIlroy’s wish for the process to remain as respectful and amicable as possible. O’Flaherty indicated that no further comments would be made.

McIlroy arrived at Valhalla on Tuesday for the upcoming PGA Championship, marking ten years since his last major win at the same venue in 2014. His pre-tournament press conference is scheduled for Wednesday.

McIlroy and Stoll’s meeting was quite unique. Stoll, who worked for the PGA of America, helped McIlroy avoid missing his Sunday singles match at the 2012 Ryder Cup by arranging a police escort to Medinah after he forgot about the Central time zone. McIlroy arrived just in time to win his match against Keegan Bradley, contributing to Europe’s victory. At that time, McIlroy was engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, but their engagement ended abruptly over the phone in 2014. McIlroy and Stoll began dating later that year and got engaged in 2015.

The divorce filing came a day after McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, marking his second consecutive PGA Tour win and the 26th of his career. When asked about his plans post-victory, McIlroy mentioned he would probably go home to reset before heading to Louisville for the championship.

The news of the divorce adds to the ongoing turbulence in the golf world, especially with the emergence of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf league. McIlroy has been a vocal critic of LIV but has recently advocated for some form of reunification. He resigned from the PGA Tour board last November and was involved in plans to rejoin by replacing Webb Simpson, a move that faced resistance from other player directors. Instead, McIlroy has been appointed to a committee negotiating with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia regarding a potential minority investment.



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