Rory McIlroy and CBS Sports journalist Amanda Balionis spark romance rumours with flirty TV interview

May 22, 2024

The 35-year-old submitted legal documents to the courts in Florida this month to end his marriage to Erica Stoll after seven years.

Speculation is mounting of a relationship between Rory McIlroy and Amanda BalionisCredit: Instagram @balionis

The blonde bombshell is a golf reporter for CBSCredit: Instagram @balionis

‘Flames were fanned’ over the romance as she interviewed him last weekCredit: Instagram @balionis

The Northern Irish golf star and his wife Erica Stroll have filed for divorceCredit: AFP

And now the Daily Mail has claimed that he may be in a blossoming relationship with CBS Sports presenter Amanda Balionis after McIlroy hinted at trouble in his relationship with Erica with a subtle clue while being interviewed by her.

It’s not gone unnoticed that Balionis, who married a football coach in 2022, has recently ditched her wedding ring and her married name.

Now this fresh report states that the McIlroy’s relationship with the 19th Hole reporter “is the talk of the links” and “has left many fans wondering just how close the pair have become”. 

The blonde bombshell, 38, interviewed the Northern Irishman after he had won the Wells Fargo Championship in Quail Hollow, North Carolina, which just happened to be Mother’s Day in the States.

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“Flames were fanned” as Balionis “giggled, flirted, and fangirled her way through the interview” as “McIlroy appeared happy to bask in this clear adoration” from her.

Balionis then pointed out that McIlroy was wearing his ‘Mother’s Day’ pink.

She then asked him to pay tribute to his mum Rosie, but the American did not invite him to do the same to Stoll, who is the mother of their three-year-old daughter, Poppy.

McIllroy hailed mum Rosie as “the sort of rock and gel that holds our family together” before he summed up his mood at the end of the interview by telling Balionis: “It feels like the stars are aligning.”

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Now this fresh report states that “their chemistry and ease in each other’s presence is clear” while the golfer has also seemingly been happy to support causes close to her heart.

He filmed a video supporting Puppies & Golf, the non-profit founded by Balionis that advocates for rescue dogs, in April.

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Questions have been raised over recent months regarding the TV reporter’s two-year marriage to college football coach Bryn Renner, who is also a tech company account manager. 

They got engaged in 2021 and wed the next year but Balionis has not worn her wedding ring since February on her social media posts.

Although it is understood that neither of them have filed for divorce, she has changed her username on X from her married moniker of Balionis Renner to just her maiden name of Balionis.

The Mail also states that McIlroy has been seen spending time “all around San Diego. More specifically…the Crown Point neighborhood of Pacific Beach.”

That estate is over 2,500 miles away from his home in Jupiter, Florida and just so happens to be where Balionis has a two-bed home that she purchased for $789,000 in 2020.

A source told them: “My sister was at a restaurant, and he came in to pick up a ‘to go’ and used the name ‘Amanda’ as the pick-up. He paid cash – only a few people noticed him, and he was out!”


Rory and Erica met when he overslept at the 2012 Ryder Cup and she arranged a police escort to get him to the first tee in time.

The golfer was dating Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki at the time but he called off their engagement in 2014 after sending out the wedding invitations.

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