Why Rory McIlroy and wife Erica Stoll are divorcing: ‘Breaking point’

Rory McIlroy’s estranged wife, Erica Stoll, reportedly reached “a breaking point” in their seven-year marriage before the PGA Tour star filed divorce documents in Florida on May 13.

“A point of contention in Rory’s marriage with Erica was that Erica was lonely in their marriage,” a source recently told Us Weekly. “Rory was a hard person to be married to.”

McIlroy, 35, and Stoll, a former publicist, “were living very different lives the last two years with him being on the road, and eventually she had a breaking point,” the source said.

Things reportedly changed in the couple’s relationship after they welcomed daughter Poppy, now 3, in August 2020, and parenthood priorities shifted for Stoll while traveling on the Tour.

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 told Us Weekly. “Erica was usually absent for most of his tournaments and was really focused on Poppy.”

She was noticeably absent at the Masters in April, although the family of three participated in the Par 3 contest at Augusta National last year.

McIlroy’s divorce filing also asked for split custody of Poppy.

His camp released a statement last week that “stressed Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible.”

McIlroy, a four-time-major champion, was spotted without his wedding ring last Wednesday while practicing at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., ahead of the start of the 2024 PGA Championship — which Xander Schauffele won by a single stroke on the 18th hole.

Stoll was also seen sans her engagement ring while out and about on Wednesday.

Her wedding band, though, appeared “firmly on,” per The Daily Mail.

Stoll had no comment at the time.

In a press conference before the PGA Championship, the media was warned to refrain from asking questions about McIlroy’s personal life amid the divorce news.

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When asked how he was doing on a personal level, McIlroy said: “I’m ready to play this week.”

The Northern Irishman, who last won the PGA Championship in 2014, didn’t crack the top 10.

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