Sunday 4 December 2016

Meet the Ryder Cup WAGs

Published 29/09/2016 | 12:20

(L to R) Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll and Danny and Nicole Willett
(L to R) Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll and Danny and Nicole Willett
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and fiancee Erica Stoll pose with the trophy during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Caroline Harrington and Padraig Harrington at the Irish Youth Foundation 26th Excellence in Sport Awards
Dustin Johnson and fiance Paulina Gretzky
Caroline Harrington applies suncream to her husband Padraig at Pebble Beach in 2011.
Jordan Spieth poses with parents, Shawn and Chris, sister Ellie and girlfriend Annie Verret after his victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Rory McIlroy and girlfriend Erica Stoll are pictured at the beach while on holiday in Barbados. Picture: PRIMADONNA/GEMAIRA/Splash News
Angela Akins and Sergio Garcia
Erin and Jimmy Walker
Alison Campbell and her husband Darren Clarke
Emma Löfgren and Henrik Stenson
BIG PLANS: Rory McIlroy pictured with his girlfriend Erica Stoll. Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and his fiancée Erica Stoll Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs

Meet the women behind the men of the Ryder Cup.

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Team Europe

Erica Stoll

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Age: 28

Relationship Status: Engaged to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy

Occupation: PGA Employee

What you need to know: Rory and Erica first met in 2012 when she famously saved him from missing his tee time at the Ryder Cup. He narrowly missed disqualification after mixing up his tee time and was given a police escort to the course after she came to his rescue. They began dating in 2014 and are due to wed on New Year's Eve, reportedly at Ashford Castle in Co Mayo.

Alison Clarke (nee Campbell)

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Age: 51

Relationship Status: Married to captain Darren Clarke

Occupation: Owner of ACA Models

What you need to know: Alison is a former Miss Northern Ireland who enjoyed success in the industry before making the move into business 25 years ago. She currently runs a commercial and fashion agency in Belfast. She wed Clarke in 2012 in an intimate Bahamas beach ceremony attended by just a handful of friends.

Emma Löfgren

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Age: 41

Relationship Status: Married to Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson

Occupation: Full-time mother

What you need to know: The Swedish power couple have been happily married since 2006. Emma is no stranger to the golf world, having played at the University of South Carolina and played professionally in Sweden before packing it in to support her husband and their three children. "Golf is such a big part of your life, but it’s a job," she said. "Eventually you have to make life work."

Caroline Harrington

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Age: 43

Relationship Status: Married to vice-captain Padraig Harrington

Occupation: Full-time mother and Padraig's unofficial manager

"All correspondence has to come through me," she said in May. "So, I don't 'manage him' but I do, 'manage' him, yes."

What you need to know: Caroline and Padraig are approaching their 20th wedding anniversary next year. The childhood sweethearts are often considered to have one of the most rock solid relationships in the sport. They have two children Paddy (12) and Ciaran (eight) together.

Nicole Willett (nee Harris)

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Age: 28

Relationship Status: Married to English golfer Danny Willett

What you need to know: The couple welcomed their first son Zachariah in April of this year, who arrived 12 days before his due date - which was the same day Willett was due to compete at the Masters, which he was going to skip if his wife hadn't given birth yet. The couple have been married since 2012.

 

Team USA

Paulina Gretzky

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Age: 27

Relationship Status: Engaged to American golfer Dustin Johnson

Occupation: Model

What you need to know: Paulina is arguably the most famous WAG in the US. She's the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and has appeared on the cvoer of maxim and Golf Digest.

Angela Akins

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Age: 28

Relationship Status: Dating Sergio Garcia

Occupation: Reporter with the Golf Channel

What you need to know: New to the WAG scene, Angela has been dating Garcia for nearly a year - a few months after she joined the Golf Channel as a reporter. She's a graduate of the University of Texas.

Annie Verret

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Age: 22

Relationship Status: Dating Jordan Spieth

Occupation: Event Coordinator at The First Tee of Greater Dallas

What you need to know: The pair have been dating since they first met at high school in Texas and Verret is regularly supporting her other half as he competes around the world. She has a business degree from Texas Tech University and lives with her other half in Dallas.

Erin Walker

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Age: 36

Relationship Status: Married to Jimmy Walker

Occupation: An accomplished showjumper, she describes herself as a "professional golf watcher"

What you need to know: The couple have been together for 12 years and have two children together - Mclain (five) and Beckett (three). She previously penned an article for golf.com in which she defended the huge sums golfers earn, but said golf writers earn too much.

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