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Rory McIlroy reveals he won't be getting wed in 2016 as golf takes priority

By Claire McNeilly

Published 19/12/2015

Rory with Erica in Belfast last week
Rory with Erica in Belfast last week

Rory McIlroy is really looking forward to getting married - but it will not be next year.

The 26-year-old from Holywood is planning to spend 2016 fully focused on his golf career after missing out on the Majors this time round.

Speaking at length for the first time since his fiancée Erica Stoll accepted his proposal, Rory revealed how much joy the 27-year-old American beauty had brought into his life.

And he revealed the recent Paris terror attacks almost scuppered their romantic getaway.

"We had planned the trip in May, but we were unsure whether to go after what happened," said the four-time Major winner.

"So we decided to go, and if we didn't like it or the mood of the place, we were going to go somewhere else. But when we got there, it just felt great."

The world No.3, whose 2015 season was ruined by the injury he sustained while playing a knockabout game of football with pals, added: "We felt comfortable, and I thought if I proposed at the start of the trip it might make it even better. So we went out for dinner and that was that. It was a nice way to end the year."

But the multi-millionaire ruled out a 2016 wedding because of scheduling pressures.

"We've nothing planned right now and there is definitely no rush," he said. "It is going to be such a busy year, and I don't think anything like that (a wedding) is going to happen."

McIlroy was previously engaged to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (25), but they famously split in May 2014 - just days after sending out wedding invitations.

While his previous relationship was high-profile, the Co Down man described his new fiancée as a "very low-key person" who brings "such a level of normality to everything". "Erica has been around me quite a lot at tournaments, but we have really just tried to keep it low-key," he added. "She never wants to be the centre of attention and is always very comfortable in the background.

"She has been a great influence on me and has given such a great balance to my life."

McIlroy was speaking on a visit to Facebook's European headquarters, where it emerged that he has amassed one million 'likes' for his posts.

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