Thursday 29 September 2016

Rory McIlroy confirms wedding date to fiancée Erica Stoll

Published 08/07/2016 | 08:33

Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll around Grafton Street
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs
Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the third round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 7, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll, fiancée of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at The Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with girlfriend Erica Stoll during the fourth round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 31, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will wed fiancée Erica Stoll next summer.

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The Northern Irish golfer was reported to be marrying on New Year's Eve, but he told The Telegraph he and the PGA employee, whom he met in 2013, will exchange vows next year.

It's believed they will be celebrating their wedding at Ashford Castle in Mayo, but McIlroy wouldn't divulge any other details about the big day,

"We want  to keep it to ourselves as much as we possibly can," he said.

Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his girlfriend Erica Stoll and trophies after winning The Race to Dubai and DP World Tour Championship. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs

"Erica loves Ireland. It’s very similar to  the place where she grew up, in Rochester, upstate New York, where it’s also very green and leafy."

The former world number one credits his other half for giving him the ability to be a "normal person" at home, contrary to his previous relationship with ex-fiancée Caroline Wozniacki which was more public.

"It’s a bit like yin and yang, in terms of what  I do on the course and how, when I get home, I’m able to detach myself and just be a normal person," he added.

"It’s great to have that  balance, and Erica has given me that. She has made me realise that this is what I want, what  I need."

Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll around Grafton Street
Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll seen returning to The Wesbury Hotel after a stroll around Grafton Street

He recently celebrated an early "stag" night with friends in Dublin, including a private tour on Dublin Bay Cruises and a night out in Xico on Baggot Street.

He and Erica have been spending more and more time in Dublin in recent months, making the most of the summer in the capital.

Erica Stoll, fiancée of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at The Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Erica Stoll, fiancée of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at The Abu Dhabi Golf Club

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