Rory McIlroy to pay $3M for WD from RBC Heritage

Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Network

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy was docked $3 million for withdrawing from this week’s RBC Heritage under new PGA rules regarding “designated events.”

According to Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated, the fine is for a second absence from a designated event and will be withheld from the $12 million payment to McIlroy from the Player Impact Program.

The tournament began Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., and no reason was specified for the 33-year-old Northern Ireland star’s withdrawal. McIlroy missed the cut at last week’s Masters after carding a 5-over 77 on Friday.

Any player ranked in the top 20 of the Player Impact Program are required to participate in designated events, a change the tour made last season as part of a string of counters to LIV Golf’s emergence.

Players are allowed to skip one designated event for personal or professional reasons, but McIlroy already sat out of the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.

–Field Level Media

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