In the run-up to Rory McIlroy's wedding to Erica Stoll, media anticipation was high, especially among the Irish press. Several articles speculated about the food, guests, entertainment and, of course, the location: Ashford Castle.
On Tuesday Michael O'Doherty, an Irish newspaper columnist, ripped McIlroy and Stoll for denying the press more access to the wedding. O'Doherty wrote, in part: "No photos, no interviews, even guests were told not to bring mobile phones lest any of them be tempted to put a photo or two up on social media. It’s obsessive secrecy such as this that makes you wonder if Rory, by all accounts a sensible and polite person, has disappeared up his own backside when it comes to his biggest day."
Many readers (including one outspoken ex-Ryder Cup teammate) did not agree with O'Doherty.
They absolutely have the right to keep such a special day private. It's the one day you can choose to do that. Good for them @McIlroyRory https://t.co/YUZZDWceNz — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) April 25, 2017
@IanJamesPoulter @McIlroyRory Totally Agree, He has worked hard at a sport he excels in and just because in public eye does not mean every inch of his life shd be invaded — Kerry Pardoe (@kerrywinslet) April 25, 2017