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Pro golfer Rory Mcllroy has filed for divorce from Erica Stoll after seven years of marriage. Rumors began to swirl after Mcllroy ditched his wedding ring while competing in the PGA Championship on May 16 at the Valhalla Golf Club. According to court documents, Mcllroy filed for divorce on May 13th due to their marriage being “irretrievably broken.” The divorce filing also asked for split custody of their three-year-old daughter, Poppy.

The news of their divorce comes as a shock to their Florida community, with sources telling People that they never saw it coming. “Rory is fairly down to earth for such a big star,” one source told People. “However, he is very private and can be nice to be around but he just does NOT love the limelight," the insider added. Another source told People that members in the exclusive Bear's Club golf course, where McIlroy plays in Jupiter, Fla., “are talking about this and wondering what happened.” McIlroy is "so private that there wasn't a lot of speculation concerning his family life," the source explains, adding, “We are wondering what happened.”

Mcllroy and Stoll first met in 2012 during the Ryder Cup where Stoll was working as a transport official for the tour. The pair hit it off, but kept their relationship platonic until 2014. When Mcllroy met Stoll in 2012, the golfer was dating tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. Mcllroy and Wozniacki got engaged on New Year's Eve in 2013, but he broke things off months later after they sent out their wedding invitations. In a 2016 interview with The Independent, Mcllroy opened up about his relationship with Stoll, saying their friendship helped lay a foundation for them. "The thing I love about it is that we were friends before anything romantic happened," he said, adding that he "found it refreshing" to be with someone "who was living a normal life." He added, "We ended up spending a bit of time together and realized that there was something more there."

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