Rory McIlroy reconciles with wife

Rory McIlroy has reconciled with wife Erica Stoll and called off their divorce.



Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll have reunited
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll have reunited

Rory McIlroy has called off his divorce.

The 35-year-old golf champion had split from wife Erica Stoll last month after seven years of marriage, but the petition he lodged in a Florida court a few weeks ago - which stated their union was “irretrievably broken” - has now been voluntarily dismissed.

And Rory has confirmed that he and Erica, who are parents to three-year-old daughter Poppy, have "resolved [their] differences" and are looking forward to a future together.

He told The Guardian newspaper: “There have been rumours about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumour is a fool’s game.

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

Rory spoke as he arrived in North Carolina, where he is seeking to end his near 10-year wait to win a fifth major.

He said: “I’m really proud of my body of work over the past 15 years and everything that I have achieved, whether it be season-long titles or individual tournaments or majors.

“Obviously getting my hands on a fifth major has taken quite a while, but I’m more confident than ever that I’m right there, that I’m as close as I’ve ever been.”

The Northern Irishman's team originally confirmed a month ago that he had split from Erica, who he met at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

His manager Sean O'Flaherty said in a statement: "Rory McIlroy’s communications team confirmed today that a divorce has been filed.

“They stressed Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible.”

It later emerged the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, though the details were not made public, and that the sportsman - who is worth an estimated $216 million - was seeking shared custody and for a parenting plan to be established for Poppy.