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Rory McIlroy and wife Erica call off divorce

Rory McIlroy has now confirmed he and his wife Erica have “resolved their differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

 

Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica have decided to stay together after their divorce was reported in the build-up to last month’s PGA Championship.

“There have been rumours about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumour is a fool’s game,” McIlroy said in a statement to the Guardian.

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

Court papers served in Florida on Tuesday show that the divorce case has been dismissed, which represents a significant U-turn when in the short period of four days between McIlroy winning the Wells Fargo Championship and the start of the PGA Championship, it was revealed his seven-year marriage with Erica was soon to be over.

The four-time major champion informed the press he wouldn’t answer questions about his personal life at Valhalla, and this statement is his first public acknowledgement of the reports concerning him and Erica.

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The couple have a three-year-old daughter named Poppy. The trio were pictured celebrating together when the Northern Irishman won his third Wells Fargo Championship title at Quail Hollow in 2021.

The announcement of McIlroy and Erica’s decision to continue their relationship arrived two days before the start of the US Open at Pinehurst where the 35-year-old will look to end his 10-year drought without winning a major championship.

McIlroy won the US Open at Congressional in 2011 and he won three more majors up to the end of the 2014 season. Despite building a tally of 26 PGA Tour titles and 17 DP World Tour wins, it remains a mystery to many how a fifth major trophy has alluded his cabinet.

“I’m really proud of my body of work over the past 15 years and everything that I have achieved, whether it be season-long titles or individual tournaments or majors,” he said. “Obviously getting my hands on a fifth major has taken quite a while, but I’m more confident than ever that I’m right there, that I’m as close as I’ve ever been.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got, like, a particular number of wins. I mean, I want to win as many golf tournaments as I can. I want to try to compete and win as many majors as I can. I think the only thing about trying to pick a number is that you’re setting yourself up for failure or disappointment.

“Tiger wanted to surpass Jack. It looks like he mightn’t get there, but are we going to call Tiger’s career a failure? Absolutely not. It’s arguably the best. He’s played the best golf anyone’s ever seen.

“There’s always going to be that tinge of what could have been. I don’t want to do that to myself. If someone would have told me at 20 years old I’d be sitting here at 35 and this is the career I’ve had, I would not have believed them and I would have been ecstatic.”

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