Rory McIlroy was spotted with his new girlfriend, Erica Stoll, for the first time this weekend at the Irish Open.

Rory McIlroy was spotted with his new girlfriend, Erica Stoll, for the first time this weekend at the Irish Open.

The wet and windy weather at Royal County Down meant that Stoll was well covered as she was photographed walking with McIlroy on Sunday.

Stoll won’t be as well known to sports fans as McIlroy’s last girlfriend, the tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. However, she does have a sporting connection through her job at the PGA.

The Daily Mail have reported the pair met back in 2012 when Stoll helped McIlroy out after he infamously failed to realise what time he teed off at the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

He told The Times Magazine: “The past six or seven months have been really nice. That part of my life is going great.”

The world No. 1 turned up for the fourth round of the tournament with Stoll, knowing that he could relax ahead of the final day in his home country.

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McIlroy missed the cut after shooting rounds of 80 and 71, but his charity, the Rory Foundation, hosted the event. This meant the current Open and PGA Championship holder was required to present the trophy to eventual winner Soren Kjeldsen.

In his last three Irish Opens, McIlroy has failed to make the weekend cut.