Rory McIlroy Files For Divorce From Erica Stoll On Eve Of PGA Championship After Claiming Marriage Is 'Irretrievably Broken'

Court documents filed in Florida on Monday show the World No.2 is separating from his wife Erica, just before the second men's Major of the year at Valhalla

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll at the 2023 Ryder Cup
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Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll have filed for divorce on the eve of the 2024 PGA Championship after the Northern Irishman reportedly claimed the pair's marriage was "irretrievably broken."

First reported by TMZ Sports on Tuesday, government records show the World No.2 submitted official documents to Palm Beach County court on May 13, 2024.

McIlroy - who is labelled as the petitioner of the divorce - is being represented by Thomas Sasser while Cheryl Caracuzzo has been listed as the judge on this case.

Per The Irish Independent, McIlroy's team has confirmed that he is filing for divorce but "stressed the couple’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible, and to surround their daughter with love and privacy."

The Irish outlet also stated that, per McIlroy's team, neither the pro golfer or his wife will be making any further comment.

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll Engaged

Later on, The Telegraph stated that court documents show McIlroy believes the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and that the 22-time regular PGA Tour event winner has asked to "enforce the couple's prenuptial agreement as well as implementing a shared parenting plan."

The pair met at the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah while Stoll was working as the manager of the Championship Volunteer Operations for the PGA. According to McIlroy, the woman who would go on to be his wife helped him gain a police escort to the golf club after he had overslept on the Sunday and was in danger of missing his tee time.

Following a period of friendship while McIlroy was still engaged to tennis pro, Caroline Wozniacki, he called off his engagement with the Dane and went on to become official with Stoll a year later in 2015. They later got married at Ashford Castle in April 2017 before going on to have a daughter together - Poppy - in 2020.

Despite being the partner of one of the most famous golfers in the world, the 35-year-old lived a largely private life aside from supporting McIlroy at tournaments.

She was conspicuous in her absence from The Masters last month, however, while she also did not appear at the Wells Fargo Championship last week as McIlroy added his fourth title at that event. And after the Northern Irishman won on Mother's Day in North America, he paid tribute to his own mom but failed to mention his wife.

Split image photo of Rory McIlroy with and without his wedding ring on

(Left) McIlroy wore his wedding ring on Sunday after winning the Wells Fargo Championship but did not on the practice range at Valhalla on Tuesday (right) 

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He was pictured wearing his wedding ring last Sunday, but after emerging onto the range at Valhalla following the news breaking on Tuesday, McIlroy had removed it.

The decision arrives just days before the second men's Major begins at Valhalla Golf Club - the 2024 PGA Championship. McIlroy's most-recent victory at a Major arrived at this very golf course in 2014 and could represent an excellent chance for him to add number five a decade on.

The World No.2 is set to speak to the media from Valhalla at 1pm ET on Wednesday.

Jonny Leighfield
Staff Writer

Jonny Leighfield is our Staff News Writer who joined Golf Monthly just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Sport Journalism in 2017 and spent almost five years as the sole sports reporter at his local newspaper. An improving golfer who still classes himself as ‘one of the worst players on the Golf Monthly team’, Jonny enjoys playing as much as he can and is hoping to reach his Handicap goal of 18 at some stage. He attended both the 150th and 151st Opens and is keen to make it an annual pilgrimage.