It’s almost 2023, which means it’s almost time for tournament winners—plus non-winners who made the Tour Championship—to tee it up in Kapalua at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
But as the 5 p.m. deadline for Tour members to enter came and went Friday, one name not on the entry list belongs to Rory McIlroy.
But it’s all good.
PGA Tour members are allowed to opt out of one of the 13 elevated events, and this just happens to the one the reigning FedEx Cup champion wants to skip.
McIlroy qualified by winning the 2022 RBC Canadian Open. His lone appearance in the Sentry came in 2019 when he tied for fourth.
McIlroy didn’t play his first event of the 2022 calendar year until the Genesis Invitational in mid-February.
As of 5:02 p.m. on Friday, the PGA Tour has 39 names listed in the field for the Sentry.