One of the more memorable moments of the 2015 PGA Tour season came way back in March when Rory McIlroy tossed his 3-iron into a lake.
On Monday, we found out what that act of frustration — and the act of contrition — cost McIlroy.
“The fine was reduced from $25,000 to $5,000 because I said I was sorry on the TV interview afterwards,” McIlroy told the Press Association.
Who knew an apology could be worth so much — literally.
McIlroy tossed the 3-iron into the lake during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the 8th hole. After hitting a great drive, Rory had a hacker moment, as he hooked his second into the lake. He followed that up with another classic hacker move — and flung his club into the lake before walking away dejectedly.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the moment that sparked the fine and subsequent apology:
Afterwards, Donald Trump, owner of the Doral resort and host of the event, hired a diver to recover the 3-iron and had it presented to McIlroy later in the week. Of course, Rors was a good sport about it.
In the moment, the club toss was a pretty big topic. It seemed like everyone was concerned whether the then-world No.1 should be behaving that way or if it was occasionally OK to do so.
We also wondered what the lapse in judgement cost McIlroy. Now we know how much — and how much it could’ve — set him back.
See, kids — it’s always good to be quick to apologize.
[h/t Golf Channel]
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