Meet Rory McIlroy’s Daughter Poppy Kennedy: All About the Youngest Family Member Who Redefined the Tour Pro’s Career & Life

Published 01/20/2024, 9:30 AM EST

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Rory McIlroy has one of the most impressive track records among PGA Tour players. The 34-year-old boasts a whopping 24 PGA Tour wins and 16 victories in the European Tour, along with being the world number 2 golfer. He is also close to breaking a record set by Tiger Woods! However, the Irish golfer himself would agree that one of his greatest achievements in life is to be the father to his daughter, Poppy Kennedy McIlroy.

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The Irish golfer welcomed his daughter into this world in 2020 alongside his wife Erica Stoll. And since then she has been the highlight of all his Tour events. But for the uninitiated fans of the golfer, here are some facts about his daughter that are worth knowing.

All about Rory McIlroy’s daughter

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One of the main reasons fans don’t know much about the Irish golfer’s daughter till her birth is due to the fact he and his wife kept it a secret for many months. Fans didn’t learn that McIlroy and Erica were expecting until days before their baby girl was born!

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The Irish golfer declared the news to the world on August 29, 2020, during the BMW Championship. And after a few days, he broke the good news to his fans as well. Poppy Kennedy McIlroy, daughter of Rory McIlroy, was born on August 31, 2020, in Jupiter, Florida at 12:15 PM. The Irish golfer shared the good news on Instagram, stating both mother and daughter are healthy.

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With Poppy being born in August, she has joined the club of Virgos. She shares the star sign with the likes of Victor Hovland, Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooke Henderson.

After becoming a father, Rory McIlroy found it hard to return to the golf course! But his woe of being away from his daughter during events was solved at the Masters Par 3 Contest in 2023. Poppy joined her father as a caddie during the event in Georgia. After the heartwarming event, the Irish golfer called it “one of the best days of the year.”

Why is the Irish golfer’s daughter named Poppy?

The story behind her name is also an interesting one! The couple had already decided they wanted to name their daughter with a flower name, drawing inspiration from nature. After a lot of brainstorming, they shortlisted Rose, Poppy, and Iris. However, Rose was ruled out as it sounded similar to his mother’s name, Rosie.

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Iris was dropped due to the fact McIlroy’s golf friends, Alex Noran and Shane Lowry, have daughters with the same name. Ultimately, the couple decided on Poppy, with the Irish golfer stating, “We wanted to go with something pretty unique.”

Since then the 3-year-old has changed the trajectory of her father’s career. She is the center of attraction whenever she visits her father during the events, cultivating a fanbase for herself.

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Indeed it is a treat for the fans to watch the father-daughter interaction at any event that they attend, and many fans would be wishing to witness more of them in the coming years.

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