After proposing atop a helideck at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the wedding ceremony was the easy part for Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champ and his new bride, Kristin Stape, tied the knot on Saturday in front of family and friends on an island in the Bahamas.
But Rory McIlroy, one of McDowell's best friends on Tour and fellow Northern Ireland native, was absent from the event, according to the Evening Herald (Ireland).
"One half of the biggest bromances in golf, friends had widely tipped McIlroy to be the one who would stand by McDowell as his best man on his big day. However, McIlroy hit the town with Manchester United striker Rooney on the same night that McDowell was toasting his new wife with a small party of less than 30 people."
A spokesperson for McIlroy told the newspaper that "Rory was in the UK to do a photoshoot for one of his sponsors Nike. Wayne Rooney is another Nike athlete and they did the shoot together."
From the looks of the pictures, it doesn't look like Graeme missed him that much.
Thank you all for your messages. @kristinstape and I are very excited for our big day. New chapter in our lives and I'm a very lucky man 💍— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 28, 2013