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Pictured: Erica Stoll arrives at Irish Open to support husband Rory McIllroy

Erica Stoll arrived in Portstewart on Thursday to support husband Rory McIllroy as he competes in the 2017 Irish Open.

The American was spotted getting out of Rory's car during the first day of the tournament at Portstewart Golf Club.

Rory is defending his Irish Open title at the north coast site, with golf stars Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry, and Padraig Harrington all in contention.

Speaking ahead of the tournament on Wednesday, Rory revealed he has entrusted his wife with his mobile phone in a bid to keep him off Twitter during the Open.

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Rory McIlroy and wife Erica arrive at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

It's after a war of words erupted with 1995 PGA championship winner Steve Elkington.

The Australian claimed Rory was bored with the game and added: "Without Tiger the threshold is prolly (probably) four majors with 100mill in the bank."

A furious McIlroy responded with a tweet which said his bank balance was more like $200m and added: "Not bad for a 'bored' 28-year-old… plenty more where that came from."

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Rory McIlroy and wife Erica arrive at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Rory later said: "I must have wrote that tweet and deleted it about five times before I actually sent it. I sort of regretted sending it at the end. I actually gave my wife Erica my phone and my Twitter and said change my password to something else and don't tell me what it is."

Rory and Erica married at a lavish ceremony at Ashford Castle in April.

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