Rory McIlroy is set to see his pocket take a hit with reports suggesting the four-time Major winner will see $3m deducted from his Player Impact Program bonus after opting out of this week’s RBC Heritage.
Having skipped the opening designated event at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, and with players permitted to compete in all but one designated event of their choosing, McIlroy had seemingly used up his one free-pass before opting out of this week’s assignment at Hilton Head.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is said to have discretion over how the Player Impact money will be paid out at year end but according to a Sports Illustrated insider, it seems McIlroy’s reasons for missing this week didn’t suffice in avoiding penalty.
The report says that McIlroy will be docked a quarter of his $12 million payout after opting out of a designated event for the second time.
Having spearheaded the PGA Tour’s decision to adopt designated events in order to bring the best players in the world together more often, and for more money, it’s undoubtedly a bad look for McIlroy to miss out for a second time, not least given Masters champion Jon Rahm has honoured his commitment to the tournament.
McIlroy cut a dejected figure following his latest Masters disappointment, avoiding the media after seeing his grand slam bid fall short of the halfway cut.
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