Tiger Woods has dealt another blow to Phil Mickelson, claiming the $8million Player Impact Programme bonus despite playing in just one tournament in 2021.
It’s fitting that the prize, awarded to the player who most positively impacts the PGA Tour off the fairway, has gone to Woods given the 15-time Major winner has always moved the needle most of all since making his debut 25 years ago.
Mickelson previously announced that he had won the PIP in a social media post on his Twitter channel but Lefty is the bridesmaid on this occasion, taking second place and $6million, a timely cash injection given the mass exodus of his sponsors in recent weeks.
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— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 2, 2022
The remaining players in the top 10 and the respective payouts were:
- Rory McIlroy($3.5 million)
4. Jordan Spieth($3.5 million)
5. Bryson DeChambeau ($3.5 million)
6. Justin Thomas ($3.5 million)
7. Dustin Johnson ($3 million)
8. Brooks Koepka ($3 million)
9. Jon Rahm ($3 million)
10. Bubba Watson ($3 million)
Despite his near fatal crash in 2021, Woods was able to tee up once at December’s PNC Championship alongside his son, Charlie, and if anyone was in doubt as to the hierarchy of golf’s world order, those tuning into Woods at the hit and giggle made it known that even a half-fit Tiger remains the biggest draw in golf – NBC Sports reporting a total weekend audience of 2.3 million viewers, up 53% over 2020.
The inaugural Player Impact Program, which awarded $40 million to the top 10 finishers, was measured from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021, and the final Player Impact Program Score was calculated based on year-end data. For 2022, the bonus pool will increase by $10 million, to $50 million total.