Rory McIlroy says 'private matter' the reason for skipping PGA Tour event

Rory McIlroy says he needed to bypass the RBC Heritage after The Masters for his "mental and emotional well being".

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Tue, 2 May 2023
Rory McIlroy says 'private matter' the reason for WD on PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy has told Barstool Sports reporter Dan Rapaport he skipped the RBC Heritage the week after The Masters last month "due to personal reasons" and that it was a "private matter".

McIlroy then expanded further on the reasons for bypassing the designated event at Hilton Head following his missed cut at Augusta National in an interview with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis. 

The 33-year-old Northern Irishman said he needed to take three weeks away from the game in a bid to address his "mental and emotional well-being".

McIlroy was the pre-tournament favourite to win The Masters, and with it complete the career grand slam.

But he would go on to miss the cut by a couple of shots on 5-over par. 

McIlroy then chose to remove his name from the following week's tournament, a designated event on the PGA Tour.

As a result of withdrawing from the RBC Heritage before the start of the tournament, McIlroy forfeited $3m of his Player Impact Program (PIP) money as players are only allowed to miss one designated event during the PGA Tour season. 

McIlroy told Lewis: 

"I needed a break for me. Obviously, after the disappointment of Augusta, and it’s been a pretty taxing 12 months mentally, so it was nice to just try to disconnect and get away from it. But it’s nice to come back and feel refreshed.
"I think I’m in a better headspace than I was... yeah, you know, that run-up to Augusta is always a stressful enough couple of weeks trying making sure everything’s in the right order and making sure your game’s in good shape. I think for me it was a nice reset because I still had to realize that there’s three more majors this year, there’s a ton left to play for."

Paul McGinley had already expressed his concerns for McIlroy's mental well-being as early as The Players Championship in March.

Fellow Irishman McGinley felt McIlroy was suffering from "fatigue" and that he was "taking more bullets than other players" in the PGA Tour's ongoing battle with LIV Golf

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However, after a few weeks off to press the reset button following a dismal MC at The Masters, McIlroy is back in action at this week's Wells Fargo Championship. 

The Ulsterman has form here too having won three times previosuly down the years (2010, 2015, 2021).

McIlroy's name was not down on the pre-tournament interview schedule though, which is a rarity these days on the PGA Tour.

Two weeks ago, McIlroy's former agent blasted him for "opening his mouth too much".

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