Rory McIlroy kept Erica Stoll out of Mother’s Day interview

Rory McIlroy paid tribute to his mother Rosie after winning the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday, which fell on Mother’s Day, but did not mention estranged wife Erica Stoll, with whom he shares daughter Poppy, 3.

When asked by CBS’ Amanda Balionis to speak of his mother on the holiday, the Northern Irishman gushed over his “amazing” mother in Charlotte — one day before he would file for divorce from Stoll in Florida.

“My mom is amazing. I think most people know my dad [Gerry McIlroy], but my mom Rosie is the sort of rock, or the gel that holds our family together,” McIlroy said. “She always has been held my family together.

“I said this last night, ‘I am probably a lot more like my dad than I am my mom, but I wish I was a little more like my mom at times. If you’re watching mom, Happy Mother’s Day.”

Two days after the post-tournament interview, news leaked of McIlroy’s divorce, with the docs stating his seven-year union to Stoll was “irretrievably broken.”

Rory McIlroy paid tribute to his mother, Rosie, after winning the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte on Sunday, May 12, 2024. X/CBS

Stoll, who wed McIlroy in 2017, was noticeably absent from the Masters last month after attending the tournament in 2023 — when the couple packed on the PDA at Augusta National.

The couple also took part in the Par 3 Contest with daughter Poppy.

McIlroy’s divorce filing stated the pair have a prenup and they’re also seeking split custody of Poppy, who arrived in August 2020.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses for a photo with his wife, Erica Stoll and daughter Poppy McIlroy during the Par 3 contest prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Rory McIlroy of Team Europe and wife Erica attend the Gala Dinner prior to the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club on September 27, 2023 in Rome, Italy. Getty Images

It’s unclear what exactly led to the demise of the couple’s marriage.

McIlroy was spotted without his wedding ring on Wednesday while practicing at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville ahead of the start of the 2024 PGA Championship on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy without his wedding ring on the 12th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club, Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Louisville, Ky. AP
Rory McIlroy speaks to the media during a practice round prior to the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 15, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. Getty Images

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

McIlroy’s camp released a statement Tuesday and “stressed Rory’s desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible.”

The 35-year-old PGA Tour star said he is “ready to play this week” in the second major of the season.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smiles with the trophy following his victory in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 12, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. PGA TOUR

Sean O’Flaherty, the pro’s manager, added his client will not be commenting further on the matter.

McIlroy is coming off consecutive wins at the Zurich Classic, where he was partnered with Shane Lowry, and at the Wells Fargo Championship.

He is seeking his fifth major win.

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