Since Rory McIlory called off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki in May, everyone has been wondering who his next girlfriend will be. He's already been linked with everyone under the sun, so what's the harm in adding one more to that list?
Erica Stoll was the PGA employee who famously saved Rory from missing his singles match tee time during the 2012 Ryder Cup, and according to multiple newspapers in Ireland, the two have been spotted together during New Year's celebrations. Interesting considering how, a year earlier, Rory proposed to Caroline Woznicaki on New Year's Eve 2013.
A source close to McIlroy told the Sunday Independent that the story couldn't have had a better ending - as the pair are now quietly dating.
"Rory and Erica obviously have been linked in the headlines for all the right reasons already but they seem to have hit it off even more since. It's been kept quiet but they have stayed in contact and they meet up when he is in America."
After they enjoyed a stint in Dublin together, they are believed to have made a trip to Ashford Castle, where they celebrated New Year's in lavish fashion at the plush venue.
During their stay in the capital, they took up residence in the penthouse of The Westbury Hotel, according to the Mail on Sunday and earlier in the week, he was spotted enjoying drinks at trendy hotspot Peruke & Periwig.
Their romance is still in the early stages as the couple have been quietly dating for nearly three months.
Who is Erica Stoll? Coincidentally, her social media presence is fast disappearing, but from what we can tell she's a 27-year-old Manager of Championship Volunteer Operations at the PGA of America. A few pictures:
Champions Celebration.... At least Bob wore bright pants this year! pic.twitter.com/VN48RPUTT7
— Erica Stoll (@EricaGStoll) October 25, 2013
I miss this one :( pic.twitter.com/idCWJoqjas