Report: Rory McIlroy will NOT be docked PGA Tour bonus cash after RBC withdrawal

Rory McIlroy will reportedly not be docked money from the PGA Tour's PIP despite skipping his second designated event.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2023
Report: Rory McIlroy will NOT be docked PGA Tour bonus cash after RBC withdrawal

Rory McIlroy will reportedly still be eligible to collect his player impact program bonus money, despite withdrawing from his second designated event on the PGA Tour. 

McIlroy, 33, endured more Masters misery last week but has surprisingly withdrawn from the RBC Heritage. 

No reason has yet been given for his decision to skip the event so we're assuming he's still a bit ticked over his performance at Augusta National. 

He was going for the Grand Slam but put in a shocking performance in Georgia and missed the cut. 

McIlroy was essentially the face of the PGA Tour over the last 12 months as they battled LIV Golf for control of the men's professional game. 

A huge part of the response by the PGA was to create a series of 'elevated' events with bumper prize purses. 

McIlroy was quoted in the Netflix documentary Full Swing stating that if he was willing to play in more events then others should too. 

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One stipulation was that if the stars want to collect bonuses from the player impact program, they were only allowed to skip one of these stops. 

The inaugural PIP was created for the 2021/2022 season amid rumours of a new golf league backed by Saudi money. 

Critics of the PIP say it's essentially a slush fund to satisfy the top players. Tiger Woods has won the PIP for two years in a row.  

McIlroy decided not to play in the first 'new' event at the Sentry of Tournament of Champions in January, though this wasn't surprising given he normally doesn't play in Kapalua. 

But his withdrawal from this week's stop in Harbour Town - under the PGA Tour's rules - mean he shouldn't be able to collect his bonus cash. 

One would tentatively suggest that McIlroy doesn't need the money. 

Per reporting by Alan Shipnuck, McIlroy will still be able to collect his cash because PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan has 'absolute power' in this regard. 

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Monahan previously stated that he has discretion when asked if Woods would be prevented from the PIP given his limited playing opportunities. 

He told the media in January:

"Tiger isn't going to get a decrease. I think it's hard for me to say what's going to happen until it actually happens, OK? But I don't see that happening."

Take a look at the full payout info for the 2022 PIP:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

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