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Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Erica Stoll cuts a stylish figure supporting him on the green in Shanghai

Published 08/11/2015 | 10:03

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)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland arrives at the course with new 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)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland arrives at the course with new 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)
Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the second round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 6, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

They've been dating for more than a year, but Erica Stoll has been pictured for the first time supporting Rory McIlroy on the green.

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The PGA employee (29) has been dating the Irish golf sensation (26) for the last 12 months, but the pair have been keeping a determinedly low profile. In a sign they're becoming more serious, Erica, a native of Florida, was pictured cheering on her other half as he played in the HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

The blonde beauty was dressed in a low-key luxe look in black leggings, a fitted white top and a 'Pochette' Louis Vuitton cross body bag in Damier Azur canvas. She accessorised with bangles by Alex & Ani and diamond stud earrings.

The couple have been pictured together only a handful of times during their courtship, preferring to keep their romance under the radar.

Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the second round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 6, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the second round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 6, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

However, Rory's exes Caroline Wozniacki and Holly Sweeney were regularly pictured by his side during big tournaments and it may be a sign their relationship is turning more serious.

Earlier this year, the Holywood native gushed about his love life, saying he was "very happy".

Read more: Start as you intend to continue! Rory McIlroy 'spent New Year's in Mayo with new girlfriend Erica Stoll'

"She is from America which is why I like to spend time in Spring Beach. She doesn't play golf but she is involved," he said.

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 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)

"I am very happy in my love life," he said, before adding: "If everything off the golf course is good, it allows you to be better on it as well."

The couple rang in New Year's Eve in Mayo last year and spent some time in Dublin, while she has also been pictured in his native Co Down and Belfast.

riends say Erica is keeping Rory grounded and in a good place, off the course.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "He is really happy with her now, when we last spoke, things seemed to be going really well.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland arrives at the course with new 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)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland arrives at the course with new 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)

"She is down to earth, his mates like her and - something small but I guess is really important - is that she is very low-key.

"She has a really small social-media presence, she keeps herself to herself and is quite a private person. Let's put it this way, it doesn't look like there will be any repeat of what went on in the past."

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