Rory falls for girl who came to his Ryder Cup rescue
He has always wanted a woman who is good for his game of golf. And now Rory McIlroy may have found just what he's been looking for.
The Sunday Independent can reveal that the world's number one golfer has been enjoying a new romance with PGA employee Erica Stoll.
The quick-thinking 27-year-old famously came to the golfer's rescue at the Ryder Cup October 2012 when she noticed he was not on site for the final day of the competition.
Rory from Holywood, Co Down, narrowly avoided missing disqualification after mixing up his tee time and was given a police escort to the course after the blonde beauty came to his rescue.
A source close to McIlroy told the Sunday Independent that the story couldn't have had a better ending - as the pair are now quietly dating.
"Rory and Erica obviously have been linked in the headlines for all the right reasons already but they seem to have hit it off even more since. It's been kept quiet but they have stayed in contact and they meet up when he is in America.
"The fact that she has a big interest in golf is an important factor - and it's not just a case that she has sparked an interest in the game since meeting Rory. In fact she is every bit as obsessed with golf as him."
She had previously taken to Twitter to lament the fact that she was single. She tweeted: "Perhaps I am single because instead of going out on a Friday night, I'd rather sit on the couch with a bottle of wine and watch the US Open."
It seems her passion for golf may have brought her something extra.