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Rory McIlroy is getting married at an over-the-top Irish castle with Coldplay performing

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Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll will marry this weekend, per a report from the Belfast Telegraph.

And the venue the pair have chosen is certainly interesting. Ireland’s Ashford Castle, the luxury spot where McIlroy and Stoll have celebrated the last two New Year’s Eves, will play host.

Check this place out. It’s like the world’s most opulent Victorian estate was plugged into Macbeth’s castle.

The Cong, County Mayo, Ashford Castle was the filming locale for the 1952 John Wayne film, The Quiet Man. It has been popular among celebrities — from John Lennon to Brad Pitt — since.

The castle, portions of which were built as early as the 13th century, was named the No. 1 resort in Great Britain and Ireland by Travel and Leisure voters in the World’s Best Awards.

And if you’re wondering, renting out the entire 83-room venue, as McIlroy has done, reportedly costs between £54,000 in low season to £79,100 in high season.

Other details are scarce, as McIlroy, rightfully, wants to maintain a low profile for the event. Word has filtered out that Coldplay, one of McIlroy’s favorite bands, will perform at the wedding (and perhaps Ed Sheeran, as well). And of course, the guest list is expected to include some of the biggest names in golf.

Another item of note for golf fans. It’s not only Sergio Garcia who entertained notions of sporting the green jacket at his wedding. McIlroy told reporters he’d have worn golf’s most prestigious garment on his big day, had he won.

“It’s a great time in my life and it would have been nice to walk down the aisle in the green jacket.” he told reporters.

McIlroy and Stoll famously met during the 2012 Ryder Cup. She was working for the PGA at the time and arranged the European Team star’s police escort to Medinah when he was running late for his tee time. McIlroy was dating Caroline Wozniacki at the time. The Ulsterman broke off that engagement in 2014. The pair were engaged in December of 2015.

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  1. golfraven

    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Oh boy. This old chestnut. Let’s see how long it will take him to pull out.

  2. Golf one

    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:53 am

    That girl better get the money quick, he has already dumped 2 ladies

  3. Rich

    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Don’t any of these stinking rich people feel guilty for this type of opulance? I think it’s disgusting actually. I bet it’s not Rory either. Don’t think much of him but betting it’s his missus that’s wanting all this to happen on a “blank cheque” budget. Ridiculously over the top and pointless, other than to take photos and post on social media to show off. Do something worthwhile with your money Rory, you don’t need all of it. How about you help more people with it other than ” The Rory foundation” which I’m sure is a great tax right off.

    • D. Vader

      Apr 21, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Write* off.

      And why do you care so much? Really you just sound super jealous. He’s not building the castle, just renting it! And he can rent it for a week in high season for a whopping 5% of his fedex cup check. If I just got an 11 million dollar bonus, it’d sound like a good price to me too!

      • Rich

        Apr 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm

        Haha, yeah not jealous. I’m just not an elitist so not comfortable with things to excess. There’s no need for it. Yeah, I could always do with more money. What normal person couldn’t, but Cold Play at my wedding? That’s ridiculous.

    • Brandon

      Apr 22, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Please stop being a bitter *** and let him live his life.

  4. C

    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Opulence, he has it.

  5. tr

    Apr 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Opulence is overrated

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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Steph Curry did anything but embarrass himself in Web.com Tour debut

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Vegas set the over/under on Steph Curry’s opening round at the Ellie Mae Classic at 76.5.

And Curry didn’t sound like the confident man who’s perennially ready to hoist a 3-pointer from any distance in his post-practice round press conference yesterday.

But when he stepped inside the ropes as a competitor, the Golden State Warriors point guard was very much the man who does things like this

Which is really impressive, considering this post-round quote:

“As soon as he said my name on the first tee, I couldn’t feel anything. After about four holes I settled down.”

So, if you bet the over, you can’t be blamed. Curry, however, had other plans for his debut, getting around par-70 TPC Stonebrae in 74 strokes.

After starting off with a bogey (and a tee shot that landed in a golf cart cup holder), Curry played his remaining 17 holes in a respectable three over. That’s pretty damn good.

The highlight was a curling birdie putt at the par-3 sixth hole (his 15th of the day). Jordan Spieth’s fellow Under Armour sponsee celebrated with a variation on Spieth’s “go get that” Open command (per ESPN’s Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry plays to a 0.6 handicap, did excellent work at TPC Stonebrae, it has to be said. And while he was tied for 141st at the time he completed his round, his plus-4 round placed him four strokes off the cut-line pace and ahead of a handful of pros.

Enjoy a few highlights of No. 30’s 74, courtesy of the Web.com Tour. As you can see, Curry’s shots aren’t dripping with tour pro precision (yet), but the man is a solid scrambler and a gritty competitor.

Well played, Mr. Curry.

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