McIlroy and his wife, Erica, are expecting the couple’s first child, a daughter. And what’s more, it’s not exactly an announcement of an early pregnancy: perhaps aided by the spring quarantine conditions, McIlroy has kept the pregnancy a secret and Erica is due to give birth in days, not weeks or months.
“We’re about to be parents very soon, so we’re obviously super excited,” said McIlroy after Round 3 of the BMW Championship. “We shared the news with my friends and family, obviously, but I didn’t think it was something I really needed to share here. It’s a private matter, but we’re really excited and can’t wait for it to happen.
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McIlroy shot a 3-over 73 under tough conditions Saturday at Olympia Fields, and he’s heading to the final round three shots back in a tie for sixth at 2 on. The impending birth brought back memories of Phil Mickelson monitoring a beep at the 1999 US Open in Pinehurst before the birth of his first child, and McIlroy also kept an eye on his pocket – and more recently, the caddy and friend pocket. . Harry Diamond.
“I’m just waiting for a phone call,” McIlroy said. “I was expecting a phone call last week and it hasn’t come, then Harry kept his phone in his pocket just to be sure, but nothing yet.
McIlroy won last year’s Tour Championship and FedExCup in a memorable way, and he’s currently set to start next week’s event 3 under – two shots behind his starting position a year ago. While the Friday-Monday format in East Lake over Labor Day weekend could give expectant parents an extra day, McIlroy has confirmed that if the phone goes out next week as he fights a Another prize of $ 15 million, he would not hesitate to withdraw from the lucrative tournament.
“I will be competing in many more championships on the circuit, and it won’t be until after your first child is born,” he said. “It trumps everything else.