During Rory McIlroy’s illustrious career, he has won four major championships and 27 times across the PGA and European Tours. He’s won over $50 million and has an opportunity to win another $15 million at this weekend’s Tour Championship.
And earlier this week, his wife Erica gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl called Poppy Kennedy. He announced his good news to the world on Instagram, saying “Poppy Kennedy McIlroy, born August 31st, 12:15pm.
She is the absolute love of our lives. Mother and baby are doing great. Massive thank you to all the staff at Jupiter Medical Center and Dr Sasha Melendy for their amazing care”.
And McIlroy just can’t believe his luck.
Wow, he said.
“You know, I sometimes think, everything that’s happened to me on the golf course and off the golf course has already been beyond my wildest dreams, and sometimes I have to sort of pinch myself and sort of ask, ‘Why me? Why am I so lucky?’” McIlroy said Thursday.
“But I’m just so grateful that everything that has happened to me has happened to me. I don’t take this for granted, playing golf and being who I am, but I also obviously don’t take all of my other – my off-course life for granted, either.
Especially that’s been never more apparent than over the last few days”. McIlroy was prepared either to leave last week or this week should he get word that his little girl was on the way. “I’m going to play in many more Tour Championships, and it’s only going to be the birth of your first child once,” McIlroy said Saturday.
“That trumps anything else”. A withdrawal from the PGA Tour’s final playoff event, however, would have meant that McIlroy would have had to drop out of the race for the FedEx Cup entirely. Because Poppy came on schedule, McIlroy will still play in the Tour Championships, much to the golfing world’s relief.
“Yeah, I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “… It was just hard to leave, really hard to leave. But at the end of the day, life doesn’t stop. Life moves on. And as I said, I know that Erica is surrounded by her family, and my mom and dad are just around the corner, so she’s got all the help she needs, so I felt a little more comfortable being able to go”.
“I think if you look at fathers in all different sports, golf, tennis, it’s not a new lease of life, but it’s a different perspective,” McIlroy said. “The trials and tribulations of what goes on out on the golf course don’t really seem to matter that much, so you can sort of let it just slide off you a little bit more and not be as reactive to your mistakes and know that this is – it’s important and it’s your career, but at the end of the day, you get to go home to your family, which is the most important thing”.
McIlroy tees off in the first round at 1:30 p.m. with Brendon Todd. He starts the tournament at three under par, seven strokes back of leader Dustin Johnson.