Just days after posting scores of 72-77 at the 2023 Masters, Rory McIlroy has decided to withdraw from this week’s RBC Heritage.
McIlroy was scheduled to be the first golfer to meet the media Tuesday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
The RBC is a designated event on the PGA Tour’s 2022-23 schedule, which means a total purse of $20 million and a first-place check of $3.6 million going to the winner.
The Tour announced that the field, which started with 146 golfers, is down to 143 and noted that “WDs will not be replaced by alternates unless needed to fill the field of 132.”
Will Zalatoris was on the RBC entry list but he announced Monday that he had back surgery two days ago and he would be out for the rest of the season.
Alex Noren withdrew from the RBC on Saturday; Jason Day did so on Sunday; Zalatoris officially did so on Monday, along with McIlroy.
Jordan Spieth is the defending champion at the RBC. He defeated Patrick Cantlay in a playoff a year ago. Cantlay is also listed in the field, as is Jon Rahm, fresh off his first Masters win, as well as Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.