REVEALED: The 'breaking point' in Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's marriage as friend makes damning claim about golf star

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  • Rory McIlroy filed for divorce last week after seven years of marriage
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Rory McIlroy and wife Erica Stoll’s divorce reportedly did not come as a shock to some within their inner circle as an insider has made a damning claim about the PGA Tour star’s marriage. 

‘A point of contention in Rory’s marriage with Erica was that Erica was lonely in their marriage,’ an insider told Us Weekly. ‘Rory was a hard person to be married to.’ 

McIlroy, 35, filed to end his marriage to Stoll, 36, on May 13 after seven years of marriage, fresh off his latest victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. 


The news of the split came as a surprise with the bombshell filing coming just three days before the PGA Championship, the second major of the year, at Valhalla Golf Club. 

However, the source close to the couple has now revealed to US Weekly that their marriage had hit ‘breaking point’. 

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's marriage reportedly hit 'breaking point' before the divorce filing

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll’s marriage reportedly hit ‘breaking point’ before the divorce filing 

The couple share a three-year-old daughter Poppy, who was born in 2020 (McIlroy, Poppy and Stoll pictured in 2023)

The couple share a three-year-old daughter Poppy, who was born in 2020 (McIlroy, Poppy and Stoll pictured in 2023)

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They added that the couple were reportedly living separate lives for the past two years due to the PGA Tour star being away from home for tournaments with Stoll eventually reaching ‘breaking point.’

McIlroy and Stoll married in 2017 and share a daughter Poppy, 3, who they welcomed in 2020. 

After becoming a mother, Stoll is said to have thrown herself into parenthood, making Poppy her priority, especially when hit came to McIlroy’s PGA Tour lifestyle on the road.

‘She knew what she was getting into with his profession, but once they had Poppy, things really changed and she had a new perspective,’ the source added. 

‘Erica was usually absent for most of his tournaments and was really focused on Poppy.’ 

McIlroy, whose career earnings total nearly $87million, first met New York state native Erica during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah in Illinois, at which she was working for the PGA of America. 

He has previously credited the American with helping him make his tee time at Medinah – thanks to a police escort – after he missed his alarm. 

He went on to win his match over Keegan Bradley as part of what was later hailed as the ‘miracle at Medinah’.

The Northern Irishman filed for divorce just three days before the PGA Championship

The Northern Irishman filed for divorce just three days before the PGA Championship 

Stoll ditched her flashy engagement ring as she stepped out for the first time since he filed for divorce last week
Erica Stoll, 36, appeared to keep her wedding band firmly on however, during the appearance on Wednesday

Stoll ditched her flashy engagement ring as she stepped out for the first time since he filed for divorce last week 

Stoll declined to comment when approached by a DailyMail.com reporter

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Despite initially meeting at the Ryder Cup that year, it wasn’t until a few years later that the pair would enter a relationship

A few months after calling off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014, McIlroy and Stoll got together before getting engaged a year later. 

The golfer is said to have dumped his then-fiancée Wozniacki in a three-minute phone call hours after telling her he loved her. Their split came in May 2014, before they were due to marry in November.

A source also told Us Weekly that the the former Grand Slam winner, who is now married to former NBA star David Lee and has two children, daughter Olivia, 2, and son James, 18 months, ‘wants no part of his drama’ amid her ex’s divorce.

Court documents filed in Palm Beach County last week and obtained by DailyMail.com state that their marriage was ‘irretrievably broken’.

The petition for divorce also states that the pair had signed a prenuptial agreement. However, the details of the arrangement have not been divulged.

McIlroy’s attorney was listed as Thomas Sasser, the same attorney who represented Tiger Woods when his wife divorced him in 2010. 

The filing also calls for shared custody and a parenting plan to be established for Poppy.

The couple had been 'living separate lives' due to McIlroy's life on the PGA Tour

The couple had been ‘living separate lives’ due to McIlroy’s life on the PGA Tour 

A source told US Weekly that New York state native Stoll had become 'lonely' in the marriage

A source told US Weekly that New York state native Stoll had become ‘lonely’ in the marriage

McIlroy split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 months before they were due to wed

McIlroy split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 months before they were due to wed

McIlroy and Stoll got together after his split from Caroline Wozniacki in 2014

McIlroy and Stoll got together after his split from Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 

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Inside the lavish $22m Florida mansion that Rory McIlroy shares with wife Erica Stoll – and that she still calls home after shock divorce announcement

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McIlroy broke his silence on the split last Tuesday through his communications team, who issued a brief statement to confirm he had filed for divorce. They stressed McIlroy’s desire to ensure the process is ‘as respectful and amicable as possible’. 

But the four-time major winner refused to address the breakup of his marriage ahead of last week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. 

24 hours after the news filtered out, McIlroy addressed the media, who had been warned by a moderator that ‘he will not be making any additional comments on his private life’. 

The closest anyone got to the fringes of that discussion was to ask how he was doing. McIlroy, spotting the subtext, offered just six words in response: ‘I’m ready to play this week.’

But the Northern Irishman failed to replicate his success of 2014 when he won his last major at Valhalla. He finished tied-12th, nine shots back of first-time major winner Xander Schauffele. 

Stoll is believed to have stayed at the couple’s luxury $22million mansion with daughter Poppy, while McIlroy traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the PGA Championship, despite the split. 

McIlroy purchased the Jupiter, Florida home inside the guard-gated Bear’s Club golf community from golf legend Ernie Els for a staggering $11m back in 2012. It is now believed to be worth double.

The home resides on 2.4 acres of highly desired land and is believed to have 10 bathrooms in addition to the nine bedrooms across the property. 

Stoll is said to have thrown herself into parenthood, making Poppy her priority
Stoll, who previously worked for the PGA, is said to 'usually be absent' from his events

Stoll, who previously worked for the PGA, is said to ‘usually be absent’ from his events

The front of Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's Jupiter, Florida home shows a front balcony as well as a circle driveway

The front of Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll’s Jupiter, Florida home shows a front balcony as well as a circle driveway

The aerial view of the home shows the entire driveway as well as the family's tennis court and surrounding golf courses

The aerial view of the home shows the entire driveway as well as the family’s tennis court and surrounding golf courses 

McIlroy and Stoll's ranch-style family home is believed to have nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms on the entire property

McIlroy and Stoll’s ranch-style family home is believed to have nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms on the entire property

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In exclusive DailyMail.com photos taken just hours after their split was made public, the sprawling nine-bedroom mansion can be seen in all its glory.

The home was built in 2002 and was previously owned by former PGA star Els. The South African golfer is a former World No 1, like McIlroy, and is a four-time major champion, also the same as the Northern Irishman who bought the incredible home from him. 

The South Florida residence also boasts a luxury infinity pool, as well as a games room, tennis court, home theater, recording studio and state-of-the-art gym. The 13,000-square-foot home also has a six-car garage.

Jupiter, which is a 90-minute drive north of Miami, is viewed as as prime real estate for golfers due to the many courses in the area. 

On top of his Florida home, McIlroy is also reported to own a huge mansion in charming La Quinta, California, which he bought for an eyewatering $12.3m in 2019.

Back in the UK, McIlroy still has roots in County Down, near where he grew up in Holywood. He is believed to own a 19th-century mansion dating back to the 19th century, with the 200-acre pad boasting a private golf course, a lake and a tennis court.

On top of the three mansions, McIlroy also reportedly owns two apartments – one in New York, and one in the United Arab Emirates. 

McIlroy’s breakup with Wozniacki came days before the BMW PGA Championship in England, which he went on to win. At the same event the previous year, he tied for 96th place. 

Stoll is believed to have stayed at their $22million mansion over the weekend with Poppy

Stoll is believed to have stayed at their $22million mansion over the weekend with Poppy

McIlroy is pictured with his daughter Poppy McIlroy during the 2023 Masters Par 3 contest

McIlroy is pictured with his daughter Poppy McIlroy during the 2023 Masters Par 3 contest 

The World No. 3 won the 2014 PGA Championship in August at Valhalla in Kentucky

The World No. 3 won the 2014 PGA Championship in August at Valhalla in Kentucky 

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He said in a statement at the time that he was not ready for marriage – and while he said he would not make any further comment he did answer questions at a press conference that followed ahead of the tournament. 

He also collected two major championships victories that year, The Open at Royal Liverpool in July and the PGA Championship in August at Valhalla – the same course as the same tournament last week. 

The four-time major champion and Stoll kept their relationship largely private before they married in a lavish ceremony in Ireland in 2017.

The report of his split with Stoll comes amid a tumultuous time for McIlroy after his attempt to return to the PGA Tour Policy Board was vetoed.

He had quit the board late last year citing personal and professional reasons, but had been expected to replace Webb Simpson upon his return.

But three of the five remaining player directors – which comprises of Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Malnati, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth – voted against the move.

Reports suggest Woods, a long-standing ally of McIlroy’s, was one of those who voted against the four-time major winner’s inclusion, with the votes being cast 3-2 for the 35-year-old to be excluded from the board. 

Patrick Cantlay is said to be one of the other members who resisted McIlroy’s return. The third dissenter is not yet known.

McIlroy faced the media last week but refused to answer questions about his divorce

McIlroy faced the media last week but refused to answer questions about his divorce

The Northern Irishman signed autographs for fans despite the turmoil in his personal life

The Northern Irishman signed autographs for fans despite the turmoil in his personal life

‘Getting inside the ropes for that four or five hours or whatever it is a day, it’s a nice escape from everything else that’s going on in the world of golf,’ McIlroy said at a May 12 press conference, when asked about the PGA Tour Board. 

‘I don’t mind it. I’ve always been able to compartmentalize pretty well. I seem to, for whatever reason, play very good golf whenever I have a lot of stuff going on.’

McIlroy had followed up his team success alongside friend and Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last month with his triumph at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship – one of the PGA Tour’s $20million signature events. 

However, he failed to end his 10-year major championship drought in Louisville, Kentucky where Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland provided a thrilling Sunday shootout.