Tiger Woods has played three tournaments this 2022: Masters, PGA and British Open, finishing only one of them, in Augusta, but his popularity among golf fans remains unmatched.
The appeal of the former world No. 1 was made clear on Tuesday when the PGA Tour announced that the 15-time Grand Slam champion has pocketed $15 million as the winner for the second consecutive year of the Player Impact Program (PIP), the bonus he distributes for the second time. followed season according to the repercussion of each player in the media and social networks. The total amount of money to be distributed this year is 100 million dollars and they have been awarded to a total of 20 golfers.
The American tour makes the PIP available to players who “generate the most positive interest on the PGA Tour.” The formula takes into account Google searches, the Q-Index, the Nielsen Brand Exposure Index, the MVP Index, and Meltwater mentions that measure the frequency of coverage across multiple media outlets.
Woods placed 47th at the Masters, withdrew from the PGA Championship after the third round and missed the cut at the British Open in St Andrews.
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After Woods, the players who received the most PIP money were Rory McIlroy ($12 million), Jordan Spieth ($9 million), Justin Thomas ($7.5 million), Jon Rahm ($6 million), Scottie Scheffler ($5, 5 million), Xander Schauffele ($5 million), Matt Fitzpatrick ($5 million), Will Zalatoris ($5 million), and Tony Finau ($5 million).
McIlroy was much busier than Woods, appearing in 14 PGA Tour events plus World Match Play and all four majors and has been a FedExCup winner.
The PIP plan was instituted in 2021, when Woods was the first to pocket $8 million. Phil Mickelson received $6 million as runner-up, but he was ineligible for funding this year after leaving the PGA Tour to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf (Super League) series.
Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson, who were in the top 10 in the inaugural PIP rankings last year, also left the PGA Tour to play at LIV.
Rahm will receive a juicy bonus that joins the more than five million in earnings that he achieved, only on the PGA Tour, in the 2021-2022 season.
Returning to Woods, who will turn 47 on December 30, he is still recovering from his injuries after the serious car accident he suffered in February 2021. He did not play the BMW Championship in August, but traveled to Wilmington, Delaware, for a key meeting of the players before the beginning of the tournament where the foundations of the future of the PGA Tour were established.
Tiger will play the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from December 1-4 and will also host the tournament. And he could also make his third consecutive appearance with his son Charlie at the father-son PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Florida, from December 15-18.