Rory McIlroy, Wife Erica Call Off Divorce: Our ‘Best Future’ Is as a Family Together

Rory McIlroy will pursue the U.S. Open title this weekend as a married man.

Ewan Murray of The Guardian reported Tuesday that the golf star and his wife, Erica Stoll, decided to voluntarily dismiss the divorce petition he filed in Florida in May.

“There have been rumors about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumor is a fool’s game,” McIlroy said.

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

The couple have been married for seven years, but Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press reported last month that McIlroy filed for the divorce just one day after he won the Wells Fargo Championship for the 26th PGA Tour win of his career.

“The petition for divorce described the marriage as irretrievably broken and asked that a prenuptial agreement signed about a month before their April 21, 2017, wedding be validated and enforced,” Ferguson wrote. “The prenuptial agreement was sealed.”

Alas, the couple reversed course and will stay together.

Ferguson noted they met in 2012 when Stoll worked for the PGA of America during the Ryder Cup and helped arrange a police escort for McIlroy to arrive for his Sunday singles match against Keegan Bradley after he nearly missed it.

While McIlroy was dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki at the time, they eventually broke up before he started dating Stoll in 2014. He and Stoll were then married in 2017 and have one daughter together who was born in 2020.

This news comes just two days ahead of the start of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

McIlroy is a four-time major champion, although it has been years since he lifted one of golf’s most prestigious trophies. He won the PGA Championship twice, the U.S. Open and The Open Championship during a four-year period from 2011-14 but is still chasing his fifth.

There have been a number of close calls, including when he finished in second place at last year’s U.S. Open, and McIlroy will look to make an early statement this year in a headline grouping that also includes Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

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