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Rory McIlroy began the PGA Championship last month with news that he had filed for divorce from his wife, Erica Stoll. Now, a couple of days away from the start of the US Open at Pinehurst No.2, the world No.3 golfer says the couple has reversed course.

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning,” McIlroy told The Guardian.

McIlroy, 35, and his wife have been married for seven years and have a daughter, 3-year-old Poppy. He filed for divorce on May 13 in Florida, the day after winning the Wells Fargo Championship.

The Guardian reported that McIlroy downplayed internet reports about his dating life in the aftermath of the original divorce announcement. “There have been rumours about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumour is a fool’s game,” he said.

McIlroy conducted a press conference earlier in the day at Pinehurst without being asked about his marital situation. He appeared to be in good spirits and said he is “more confident than ever” that he will win a major championship while experiencing a dry spell of 10 years at golf’s biggest events.

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