One week after the Masters, the PGA Tour rolled on and delivered yet again with its designated event format. Sunday at the RBC Heritage featured Matt Fitzpatrick defeating Jordan Spieth in an entertaining playoff, Patrick Cantlay saving a bogey from a bulkhead and Masters champ Jon Rahm stopping by the CBS booth for insightful commentary.
And prior to the final round at Harbour Town? The week in golf news was plenty busy, even after a major. Bob Harig covers all of it in his Weekly Read.
When the PGA Tour’s designated event schedule continues next year, there will be no requirements for eligible players to compete. If Rory McIlroy wants to miss two of the big-money events, he can. But this year? One absence is excused, a second is a no-no. Bob Harig was the first to report earlier this week that McIlroy will forfeit $3 million in PIP bonuses for missing the RBC Heritage, and notes that there’s certainly irony in McIlroy being the only player (so far) to miss two designated events but he’ll be fine. After all, he played a big part in helping create this new system.