Rory McIlroy and wife Erica expecting first child 'any day now'

Rory McIlroy and wife Erica are expecting their first child, it was revealed during Saturday's NBC broadcast of the BMW Championship. (...)

Rory McIlroy and wife Erica expecting first child 'any day now'

Rory McIlroy and wife Erica are expecting their first child, it was revealed during Saturday’s NBC broadcast of the BMW Championship.

During the third round, reporter Steve Sands said that the couple is expecting a baby girl “any day now.”

McIlroy confirmed the news after his round, admitting they’ve told folks in his inner circle, but few others. He shot a 73 on Saturday, but he’s still just three off the lead heading into the final round.

“She is, yes. We’re about to be parents very soon, so we’re obviously super excited. Yeah, we’ve been sharing the news with friends and family, obviously, but I didn’t think it was something that I really particularly needed to share out here,” McIlroy said. “It’s a private matter, but we’re really excited and can’t wait for her to get here.

“I’m just waiting for a phone call. I was waiting for a phone call last week and it didn’t come, and then Harry has been keeping his phone in his pocket just to make sure, but nothing as of yet.”

And if that call does come?

“I’m out of here,” he said. “Yeah, out of here.”

The news first slipped out, but went unconfirmed when Seminole Golf Club head professional Bob Ford let the cat out of the bag. Ford appeared as a guest on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with host Taylor Zarzour back in May to discuss the Skins Game match at the club.

Zarzour noted that McIlroy, 31, had mentioned that he hadn’t touched a club for seven weeks since the Players Championship was called on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic until recently, and innocently asked, “It doesn’t take that long for the rust to wear off, right?”

“Not for these guys, best in the world,” Ford said. “Rory … they are expecting a baby. She’s pregnant, and he’s been taking a little time off.”

McIlroy met his wife, a former PGA of America employee, at the 2012 Ryder Cup when he famously overslept due to the time change and needed a ride to the course. The couple became engaged in December 2015 in Paris, and married in April 2017 at Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo.

Rory admitted the pregnancy has weighed on him in recent weeks, and although he wouldn’t use it as an excuse, he said he’s eager to see what the future holds.

“Yeah, I think from the get-go my mind has been wandering the last few weeks, and now you guys sort of know the reason why. So yeah, it’s such a demanding golf course out there, you just have to think over every shot. You can’t have a lapse of concentration,” he said. “Yeah, it’s definitely narrowed my focus, and I’ve played a little better this week because of that.

“Not so much the first few weeks, but the last couple of weeks, when you’re sort of — you’re going out to play and maybe not knowing whether you’re going to finish the round or not. … Look, it’s definitely not an excuse. I just haven’t played well enough. But again … I keep talking about perspective. If you do play bad, I’ve got some awesome stuff coming up on the horizon, which is really cool, and it makes the bad days a lot easier to handle.”

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Stanford's Aline Krauter claims R&A Women's Amateur trophy

So much of the upcoming fall college golf season will be about individual competition. With so many teams – whole conferences of (...)

Stanford's Aline Krauter claims R&A Women's Amateur trophy

So much of the upcoming fall college golf season will be about individual competition. With so many teams – whole conferences of them – opting out of the fall portion of the season, many players will turn to one-off events.

That’s not how you’d traditionally describe the Women’s Amateur Championship, the premier event for female amateurs on the R&A schedule. But with new dates that fall much later in the year than normal (thanks to the COVID-10 pandemic), this week’s championship at West Lancashire had a college feel – particularly when it came to Saturday’s final match.

Stanford’s Aline Krauter and Florida’s Annabell Fuller were the last two women standing after 90 players started the week. Germany’s Krauter prevailed, knocking off Fuller on the last hole of the 18-hole final.

Fuller, ranked No. 41 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking compared to Krauter’s position at No. 71, got off to an early start, winning three of the first four holes. But Krauter fought back and had squared the match just before the turn. Krauter had a 1-up lead entering the last hole and won when both players made par.

“It’s my biggest win, 100 percent,” Krauter told the R&A after her win. “I won the German Girls in 2016 and then I’ve played decently in some college tournaments in the U.S. but not been close in one.

“I felt under control out there. I’m not sure what did the trick, but I was quite unfazed on the course which I think helped me in the wind and the conditions. It was so fun to play in the final.”

Krauter had to knock off defending champion Emily Toy in the semifinals just to get to the title match.

As for Fuller, who represented the GB&I team at the 2018 Curtis Cup, the loss was tough to take but her climb to the final match still inspired confidence.

“I played my best, a couple of shots leaked here and there, but nothing major,” she told the R&A. “She played great golf. I tried my best to the very end and if I had holed my birdie putt it could have been different. This week has given me more motivation to practice even harder and achieve more.”

Krauter, 20, becomes the second German player to find big success in the women’s game in the past week. Her win comes on the heels of countrywoman Sophia Popov’s AIG Women’s British Open title. She said she watched Popov’s win on TV last week.

Krauter, at least, won’t be playing college golf in the fall as the Pac-12 Conference, of which Stanford is a member, has halted all sports competitions through the end of 2020. But the next year of her life looks promising, what with all the exemptions she earns courtesy of her Women’s Amateur victory. Among those perks are spots in the AIG Women’s Open and, traditionally, the U.S. Women’s Open, Evian Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.

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