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Rory McIlroy says the PGA Tour reduced his fine by $20,000 after he apologized for his 3-iron toss

October 05, 2015

The PGA Tour successfully keeps its fines and suspensions a secret. Well, let's say most of those fines remain unreported.

In an interview with ESPN, Rory McIlroy revealed that the tour cut the Northern Irishman some slack after being fined by the PGA Tour for tossing his 3-iron into the water at Doral in March. Actually, the tour saved him $20,000.

His quote: "The fine was reduced from $25,000 to $5,000 because I said I was sorry in the TV interview afterward."

Rory's club toss was mostly forgotten, thanks to John Daly helicoptering a club into Lake Michigan at the PGA Championship.

Man, if we were fined by the tour for a similar offense, we'd hope for the same break as Rory got if we behaved just as nicely.