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Rory, fiance tie knot

MIAMI (AFP) – Rory McIlroy believes that tying the knot can give his golf game a lift as he prepares for an assault on the $10.5 million Players Championship in Florida this week.

World number two McIlroy, who split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 after sending out wedding invites, married girlfriend Erica Stoll last month at a ceremony in Ireland.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland ace told reporters in Florida on Tuesday the wedding was “the best weekend of my life.’’

McIlroy, who also confirmed a new long-term clubs and ball deal with US giant TaylorMade, said he hoped the calm in his private life would boost his game.

“It seems like everything’s very settled. There’s not really many question marks going on in my life right now,’’ McIlroy said.

“I feel like everything’s exactly where it’s meant to be, and if you feel like that off the golf course, then I can only imagine that it will help you on it.’’