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Has Tiffany Brien got the par to take Rory McIlroy's mind off golf?

By Amanda Ferguson

It's been but a matter of hours since Rory McIlroy vowed that golf was his only girlfriend.

Yet the Holywood sports superstar has been spotted dining out with a former Miss Northern Ireland.

Speculation is growing that the world number one golfer is romancing Tiffany Brien after they were spotted out together in Belfast.

The Major-winning golfer and the model could be about to take their friendship to the next level after they were seen at Shiro restaurant in the city centre on Friday night.

Rory and Tiffany, both from Holywood, Co Down, have been friends for many years but it's thought future dates could be in the pipeline following his very public break-up with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in May and her fresh split with Ulster Rugby star Craig Gilroy.

Tiffany, a sailor who also works for her father's company, Simon Brien Residential Estate Agents, was involved in Rory's recent purchase of a County Down mansion.

Friday night's dinner at the newly opened Shiro was to celebrate the deal. A source said: "Rory and Tiff were dining out together as friends. They are not dating... yet."

In a BBC Northern Ireland documentary aired last night, the 25-year-old sportsman said he was not ready for a serious relationship at the moment.

"I am at the stage in my life where I'm putting golf first," he said in a programme aired ahead of the Ryder Cup.

"For the foreseeable future that's what it's going to be."

Meanwhile, Tiffany's agent Cathy Martin, from CMPR, confirmed Rory and Tiffany had been out for dinner.

"Yes, Tiffany and Rory had a quick bite to eat in Belfast sushi restaurant Shiro last Friday night," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"They were in a group of friends. Tiffany and Rory already know each other, having both grown up in Holywood, and just last week Rory bought a house from the estate agency that Tiffany works for, so I think it was a bit of a get-together, post-sale."

Cathy added: "They're both sporty and share a lot of mutual friends, so it wasn't a romantic date, more like friends catching up.

"Tiffany is concentrating on her hugely popular Peanut Butter Girl blog, she has endorsements from Irish food and drinks companies as well as daily training and blogging to do – and all this is on top of her 9-5 job as an estate agent.

"I'm not sure she'd have the time to fit anything else in."

Rory's ex-files

  • Holly Sweeney was Rory's childhood sweetheart. They dated for six years.
  • In 2011 he began dating Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki after meeting at a boxing match. Rory and Caroline - dubbed Wozzilroy - became engaged over New Year. Then on May 21 he announced his engagement and relationship with Caroline was over. "The problem is mine," he said at the time.
  • Over the summer Rory was linked to Dublin model Nadia Forde and Belfast model Sasha Gale.

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