Rory McIlroy punishment for breaking PGA Tour rules leaves him counting £2.4m cost

Rory McIlroy’s punishment for missing last month’s RBC Heritage has been confirmed by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, and it is a costly one for the four-time major champion. McIlroy is in action at the Wells Fargo Championship this week, one month on from his missed cut at the Masters.

The Northern Irishman had a week to forget at Augusta National as he failed to make the weekend, despite going into the event a well-backed favourite. Just days after his missed cut, it was then confirmed that McIlroy would miss the RBC Heritage the following week.

His decision to skip the tournament at Harbour Links proved to be a controversial decision, as it was the second elevated event he had missed of the season, breaking a golden PGA Tour rule. The punishment for the offence according to the rule book is the player losing 25 percent of the Player Impact Programme bonus.

For McIlroy this came in at a hefty £2.4 million ($3 million), having earned £9.5 million thanks to his off-course influence. Following the rule break it remained uncertain as to whether the sanction had been handed out, after both the Tour and McIlroy remained tight-lipped.


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