Rory McIlroy’s decision to withdraw from RBC Heritage could cost millions
Rory McIlroy’s decision to pull out of the RBC Heritage this week is proving to be costly for him. PGA Tour the star
After failing to make the cut at Augusta National last week, McIlroy announced he would withdraw from Hilton Head, a move widely expected. Masters the winner
McIlroy offered no explanation, but has lost $3 million as a result.
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According to Sports Illustrated and Golf Channel, the RBC Heritage tournament marks the second of the PGA Tour’s 17 designated events that members are required to play in order to cash in on the Player Impact Program (PIP).
McIlroy earlier in the year withdrew from another designated event, the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. Under the current rules, players are only allowed one opt-out.
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According to the Associated Press, the tour originally said 25% of the bonus would be paid after Kapalua. A memo sent to players in December stated that 75% would be paid after Kapalua, and the rest would be paid when a player fulfills his remaining obligations, including playing in 16 of 17 designated events. is included
McIlroy was No. 2 behind Tiger Woods When the PIP results were declared in November.
A source told Sports Illustrated that McIlroy will now forfeit $3 million of his $12 million in earnings due to his withdrawal from RBC Heritage.
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But the final decision ultimately rests with Commissioner Jay Monahan.
“The commissioner may, in his sole discretion, modify, waive or adjust eligibility requirements, program commitments and/or program metrics based on exceptional circumstances,” the rules state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.