Golf icon Rory McIlroy had a string of partners before settling down with future wife Erica Stoll back in 2015, and was once close to the future Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
The 33-year-old Northern Irishman, who has won the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship twice, tied second at the Masters earlier this year having been cheered on by Erica.
Before he met the former PGA of America employee that would become his spouse, McIlroy had high profile relationships with an Irish celebrity and a Grand Slam winning tennis star. Daily Star Sport take a deeper look at his dating history below.
McIlroy was in a relationship with Holly Sweeney between 2003 and 2011, with the pair meeting as teenagers and becoming childhood sweethearts.
Future Celebrity Come Dine With Me star Holly was pictured with McIlroy at golfing events as his professional career begun, and lived with him in their £1.5million County Down mansion until their split.
Holly told the Irish Sunday Mirror in 2011: "I think I was just in shock with what had happened. We hadn't been back together very long and I thought things were going really well but then to be sat down and told – that was just a shock.
"I was just upset that he hadn't learned anything from the separation before. I felt like all the effort I put in to make the relationship work was completely wasted."
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Shortly after parting ways with Holly, McIlroy began dating tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki, who accompanied him to several major events as he did in return.
The relationship looked a solid one with the couple getting engaged in 2013 – but Caroline was left heartbroken after McIlroy called off the relationship after sending out marriage invitations.
His statement said at the time: "The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.
"I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting."
Following that parting in early 2014, McIlroy grew close to then-Suits star Meghan Markle, but the pair never said anything publicly about a potential relationship.
Having been filmed completing the Ice Bucket Challenge together, McIlroy did discuss Meghan after her marriage to Prince Harry, saying they worked together.
He said when asked if he had any advice for Harry: "I obviously know Meghan a little bit but then how do you answer a question like that because there are clearly cultural differences as there is between Erica and myself.
"There would be cultural differences for Prince Harry even if he married someone from Britain and as was the case with his brother, Prince William just because of how he grew-up."
McIlroy began dating Erica Stoll, a former PGA of America employee, back in 2015, and they got engaged the same year during a romantic trip to Paris.
The pair married in 2017 in County Mayo, and had a child together in daughter Poppy back in September of 2020.
McIlroy said of Erica, who is American, back in 2017: "The greatest impact made on my off-course life has definitely been Erica.
"She has made me realise the person I want to be away from the golf course, which in turn I feel has made me better on it."
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