Rory McIlroy 'excited' to become American resident next year
Rory McIlroy has said he is "excited" to become an American resident next year.
Fresh from his honeymoon after his wedding to American Erica Stoll, the Holywood golfer is preparing to take part in The Players tournament in Florida.
The 27-year-old golfer married Erica (29) in an intimate ceremony on the grounds of Ashford Castle last month.
Speaking before the championship gets underway McIlroy revealed he would become a US resident from January 1, 2018.
He said: "I am not a resident in the States and I can only spend 120 days here.
"I have been a bit of a nomad the last couple of years so from January 1 next year I am going to be a legal resident of the United States and legally have a home, so I am excited for that.
"It will mean being centred and going back to a residence knowing it is yours."
McIlroy also revealed details on his wedding which his management worked overtime to keep top secret from the large media entourage which descended on Cong, Co Mayo.
He held his hand up and showed his wedding ring as he described it as "the best weekend of his life".
"It was awesome, it was the best weekend of my life and hopefully of Erica's aswell," he said.
"It was really cool. We tried to keep it as private as possible, it was between our friends and families and we didn't really want anything else.
"It was a weekend of celebrations. We had a welcome reception on the Friday, the whole wedding day on the Saturday and a farewell brunch on Sunday. We spent three really nice days days with the people we cherish the most and that was really special."
The Holywood golfer was joined by a host of top names and celebrities including One Direction's Niall Horan, along with fellow player Sergio Garcia at his wedding.
McIlroy is set to be groomsman at Garcia's wedding in Texas next month.
The wedding in the 13th century castle was said to be a who's who of Irish sport, showbusiness and financial worlds, with the 200-plus wedding guests entertained by US pop star Stevie Wonder.
Three separate layers of security were in place around the estate including perimeter patrols.