McIlroy’s Divorce Revelation Not What He Wanted Ahead Of PGA Championship

Confirmation of divorce proceeding could not have come at a worst time for World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and this week’s Valhalla PGA Championship defending champion.

A decade ago McIlroy emerged from the darkness on the final day of the 96th PGA Championship a shining light capturing a second Rodman Wanamaker trophy with his one shot victory in sububan Louisville, Kentucky.

It was always going to be touch-and-go if the final few groups would get finished on Sunday 10th August 2014 but then McIlroy, who led by a shot into the final day, made sure of it by hitting-up over the final few holes virtually when ready and in doing so, sending a clear message to the penultimate group of Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler to pick up the pace.

McIlroy captured the title by a shot and with the presenatation ceremony conducted in darkness forcing official photographers to take their shots of the champion Northern Irishman using the flash facility on their cameras.

It’s why this week should be a bright return to Valhalla for the current World No. 2 however it’s not as it’s a week that began under the heavy cloud of confirmation of divorce proceedings between McIlroy and his wife of seven-years, Erica Stroll.

Who know who’s to blame and how such a seemingly ideal marriage of seven years is now headed for the divorce court.

Of course, divorce is never easy but then when your one of the leading sports persons on the planet it’s news around the globe.

Most would understand if McIlroy had chosen to skip today’s pre-PGA Championship formal press conference but McIlroy kept his promise with the world’s media but with the proviso that any question on the news of his divorce was out-of-bounds.

His press conference lasted just nine minutes and 20 seconds with the transcipt of just eight questions amounting to some 2,550 words however it was a brave seventh question that had McIlroy on his guard.

McIlroy was asked: It’s been quite a few years for you. How are your energy levels, and just on a personal level, how are you doing?

McIlroy, and in what surely was an answer he had prepared for just such a question, responded: “I’m ready to play this week”.

His presser had began on a positive note with McIlroy having teamed with good friend and fellow Irishman Shane Lowry to capture the Zurich Classic of New Orleans while last week he won a fourth Wells Fargo Championship and for those f0llowers of McIlroy recalling the sight in 2021 when McIlroy was photographed with wife Erica and baby daughter, Poppy after winning the event for a third time.

McIlroy had won four majors before tying the knot but since his ultra-lavish wedding ceremony at Adare Manor in Ireland he tees-up this week 10 years removed from last winning a major championship at Valhalla.



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