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Golfer Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce from wife Erica Stoll after seven years of marriage.

McIlroy filed the divorce papers on Monday in Palm Beach, Florida. according to TMZ Sports

In his statement The independentReps for the 35-year-old golfer have confirmed the divorce. “They underscored Rory’s desire to ensure that this difficult time is as respectful and peaceful as possible,” he added, adding that he would not comment further.

Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica Stoll They arrive at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Ryder Cup at the Marco Simone Golf Club on September 28, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Getty Images)

The couple met in 2011. In 2012, Ms. Stoll was working as a PGA Transportation Official. Mr. McIlroy and Ms. Stoll first began dating in 2011. It was the day after they sent invitations to his 2014 wedding to tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy looks on from the driving range during practice before the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 14, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Getty Images)

In the year They married in 2017 and have a three-year-old daughter, Poppy Kennedy McIlroy.

The divorce filing came just days before Mr McIlroy, who competes in Northern Ireland, won the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship. He was spotted practicing at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday morning.

The world number two said. Sky Sports News Before he felt better after four days of competition PGA Championship.

“Going into this week, I feel more comfortable on the golf course, more comfortable than my golf swing did,” he said. “The stars seem to be aligning a little bit going into next week where I’m going to win. But I’ve got a lot of golf to play and a lot of great players to try to beat.”

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy celebrates with the trophy after winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quill Hollow Club on May 12, 2024 in Clifton, North Carolina. (Getty Images)

“I go into the next major of the year feeling really good about myself,” he said on Sunday.

The couple’s split comes amid turmoil in the golfing world over the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Tour. McIlroy has been a central figure over the past two years, strongly criticizing LIV and then changing his stance and pushing for a merger.

He resigned from the PGA Tour board last November, then was replaced by A Plan to rejoin the board Replacing seven-time PGA Tour champion American golfer Webb Simpson.

That move was met with opposition from other casting directors. rather than McIlroy was appointed as a committee It is negotiating with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to become a minority investor.