Rory McIlroy gives defiant response to ‘personal’ question ahead of PGA Championship | Golf | Sport

Rory McIlroy insists he is ‘ready to play’ at the PGA Championship just days after filing for divorce from long-term partner Erica Stoll. The 35-year-old is in red-hot form as he prepares to hunt down his first major title since 2014.

News of Stoll and McIlroy’s separation broke earlier this week, when the golfer’s communications team confirmed that a divorce had been filed on Monday. They added that McIlroy is keen for the process to be ‘respectful and amicable’.

The bombshell in his private life hit the news just three days before the start of the PGA Championship in Valhalla. And all eyes were on his press conference on Wednesday, which began with a warning that McIlroy would not be discussing his private life.

The four-time major winner was in and out in less than 10 minutes. But when asked how he was faring on a ‘personal’ level ahead of the tournament, he responded: « I’m ready to play this week. »

McIlroy landed in Kentucky fresh from winning the Wells Fargo Championship last weekend, carding a six-under 65 in his final round to finish five shots clear of Xander Schauffele in second place.

The world No 2 scooped up four major titles between 2011 and 2014 but he has not won one since. A return to Valhalla could be a positive omen for McIlroy, however, as it was the scene of his most recent major triumph.

But he refused to get carried away with the romantic possibility of history repeating itself this weekend. « Sometimes I struggle to remember what I did yesterday, » he admitted.

« When I look back it’s hard to rekindle those memories and feelings. For me, it’s all about confidence and momentum, it’s all about trying to keep that going. »


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