Rory McIlroy not talking about shocking divorce at PGA Championship

It’s been a decade since Rory McIlroy won pga championship, But the Northern Irishman is back at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, as he begins his quest for the third Wanamaker Trophy of his career.

But McIlroy’s personal life came into the spotlight when he filed for divorce This week from his wife, Erica Stoll.

The four-time major winner held a pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday, but before he could take any questions from reporters, the moderator made it clear that McIlroy would not take any questions about his pending divorce.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches from the fifth tee during the second round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 12, 2024. (Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)

The moderator said at the beginning of McIlroy’s media availability, “I believe you all saw the special statement from Rory’s communications team yesterday that he will not be making any additional comment on his personal life, out of respect for his wishes.” Thank you all for this.”

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The statement the moderator referred to was issued by McIlroy’s camp on Tuesday. The statement said the pro golfer “will have no further comment” and “emphasised Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible.”

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Europe’s Rory McIlroy with his wife Erica after singles matches on the final day of the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome. (Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The media session proceeded to focus almost exclusively on McIlroy’s golf game And topics related to the other major topic of the year. At one point, McIlroy was asked how he was doing on an individual level, but the 35-year-old responded, “I’m ready to play this week.”

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches as he plays the ninth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 09, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The press conference lasted longer than expected, with McIlroy taking questions from the stage for about 20 minutes.

McIlroy appears to be remaining laser-focused even amid some personal turmoil. McIlroy and Stoll have been married for seven years and have a 3-year-old daughter. McIlroy was seen going through practice rounds ahead of Wednesday’s media session, but his ring was clearly missing.

McIlroy tied for 22nd place masters tournament in April, but since then he has won the last two tournaments he has participated in: the Zurich Classic and the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Last week, McIlroy told golf.com That he “plays pretty good golf whenever I have a lot of stuff going on.”

“I’ve always been able to compartmentalize pretty well. It seems like, for whatever reason, whenever I have a lot of stuff, I play pretty good golf. I don’t know if it’s that or not – I “It really requires – once I get into the course, really focused on what I’m doing there, but yes, it seems to be working,” he said.

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