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Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll confirm when they will marry

Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy with his girlfriend Erica Stoll

Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will marry Erica Stoll next summer.

The pair were rumoured to be arranging their big day for New Years's Eve but in an interview with The Telegraph, he said they hope to marry in 2017.

They met in 2013 and the golfer proposed to the PGA employee in Paris in November last year.

He refused to confirm a rumour that the wedding would take place at Ashford Castle in County Mayo and said they wanted to "keep it to ourselves as much as we possibly can".

But he added that his American wife-to-be has fallen in love with Ireland.

He said: "Erica loves Ireland. It’s very similar to  the place where she grew up, in Rochester, upstate New York, where it’s also very green and leafy."

He added that Erica helps to keep him grounded. The pair have kept their life together quite private, in contrast with his very public relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

"It’s a bit like yin and yang, in terms of what  I do on the course and how, when I get home, I’m able to detach myself and just be a normal person," he added.

"It’s great to have that balance, and Erica has given me that. She has made me realise that this is what I want, what  I need."

McIlroy recently pulled out of competing for Ireland at the Rio Olympics this summer because of his fears over the Zika virus.

He has spoken about his desire to start a family with Erica and said that he thought the Games were "not worth the risk".

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