Nadia Forde's just not Rory McIlroy's 'type', say friends of Open champion
She's been named as Rory McIlroy’s new birdie, but pals of the superstar golfer insist model Nadia Forde is “just not his type”.
Rory, who won the British Open at Royal Liverpool yesterday evening, and Nadia, both 25, have set tongues wagging about their relationship since they were spotted leaving a Dublin nightclub together at 3am last month.
But friends close to the pair have told Sunday Life they are not dating, and have only been in each other’s company because of mutual friends.
The sports star and the model turned popstar first met last year thanks to mutual pal Katie Lamour who is engaged to Rory’s best friend, fellow golfer and publican Harry Diamond.
Belfast model Katie is thought to have tried to set Rory and Nadia up earlier this year, but romantic sparks between the two failed to fly.
A pal told Sunday Life: “Rory and Nadia have been in the same group on nights out a couple of times but they are not dating and they won’t be.
“He thinks she is lovely but she’s just not his type, he loves sporty girls. He’s not looking for a girlfriend anyway.”
Nadia herself has denied any involvement with Rory, admitting that they don’t even have each other’s phone numbers.
On being told she was the 6-1 bookies favourite of becoming his next girlfriend, Nadia said: “Look no, no! I wouldn’t be putting any money on me.”
After being asked if she was anything to do with US Open champ Rory’s acrimonious split with Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Nadia replied: “Stop, you’re being bold now. We’ve mutual friends, that’s it.”
Nadia, who has just released a single called BPM said for now she’s concentrating on her career.
“My love life is pretty non-existent at the moment and that’s fine, it’s not my top priority,” she said.
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Last week, Nadia called herself the “luckiest girl in the world” after walking away from a motorway crash in London where her Fiat 500 flipped six times.
Nadia previously dated rugby hunk Luke Fitzgerald but the pair split in 2012.
Rory has seen two long term relationships play out in the public eye.
His first, with childhood sweetheart Holly Sweeney ended in 2011 when he dumped her for Caroline Wozniacki.
Rory broke off his engagement to Caroline in May, just days after their wedding invitations were sent out.
Last week, leggy Caroline, who is 4cms taller than Rory, took a veiled swing at her ex’s height by posting a picture of her wearing high heels on instagram.
She wrote: “It’s been three years since I have worn high heels on a normal day out. #feelsgood #looksgood.” She later deleted the post.