Is Rory dating his 2012 Ryder Cup savior?

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Rory McIlroy hinted at a New Year’s Eve date when he recently posted a picture on Instagram of a bottle of champagne and two flutes.

Maybe Rory was planning to double fist the bubbly, but it’s pretty clear that he rang in 2015 with a special somebody. Who, you ask? Well, the identity of that mystery woman has been revealed, and it’s apparently his new girlfriend, Erica Stoll.

And oh, what a backstory we have here. It turns out Stoll is the PGA of America employee who first alerted officials that McIlroy was not on-site on Ryder Cup Sunday in 2012. The world No. 1 was then given a police escort to the course, and he arrived at his tee time minutes before he was set to go.

The Belfast Telegraph has all the juicy details of the couple’s new romance – Dublin! A trip to Ashford Castle! The Westbury Hotel! Peruke & Periwig! – and the newspaper reports that McIlroy and Stoll have actually been dating for nearly three months.

Says one of the Telegraph’s sources: “Rory and Erica obviously have been linked in the headlines for all the right reasons already, but they seem to have hit it off even more since. It’s been kept quiet but they have stayed in contact and they meet up when he is in America.” 

Hey, the world No. 1 sure knows how to celebrate the New Year! 

Last year, of course, he proposed to tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on New Year's Eve. He broke off the engagement in May, just days after the wedding invitations had been sent. 

As McIlroy celebrated the beginning of a new year, Wozniacki alluded to the eventful year that just ended in a post on Instagram.