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Rory McIlroy has fine reduced after apology and reveals some interesting season stats

Rory McIlroy has revealed how an apology saved him a fortune in fines from the PGA Tour.

McIlroy filled the back pages back in March after throwing his 3-iron in to a lake during the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, much to the ire of the golf club hosting the event.

And while the PGA Tour does not disclose how much players are fined for such poor sportsmanship behaviour, McIlroy has lifted the lid on how hard his wallet was hit – or almost hit.

"The fine was reduced from $25,000 (£16,500) to $5,000 (£3,300) because I said I was sorry in the TV interview afterwards," the Northern Irishman explained.

McIlroy has won three times so far this season (Dubai Desert Classic, WGC-Cadillac Match Play and Wells Fargo Championship), and his sponsor Santander has been tracking his season’s numbers which make some interesting reading. Even McIlroy said he was surprised by some of the statistics surrounding his travel, competition and training regimes.

"When you are in the middle of it you don't realise because it's what you do, and then you step back and get presented with numbers and you're like 'Wow!'”, McIlroy said.

"It's an interesting look at how I spend my most precious commodity, my time. They're comparing it with the money people are spending, but it's the same thing. You don't realise it until you see it and it's really useful for me in managing my time a bit better."

Despite suffering a pretty nasty ankle injury which prevented him defending his Open Championship title at St Andrews, McIlroy had just 18 full days off in 2015 and spent 287 nights on the road.

McIlroy has hit 16,500 golf balls, completed 6,800 press-ups, 6,320 pull-ups and spent 6,720 minutes stretching; a massive change from the year of his first major victory in 2011.

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