Tiger Woods wins $8m prize despite barely playing – for generating media interest

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods final performed in an exhibition parent-child match in Florida along with his son Charlie in December 2021

Tiger Woods has received $8m (£5.99m) for producing extra media curiosity than another golfer in 2021 – regardless that he performed only one match all yr.

Woods is the primary winner of the PGA Tour’s Participant Influence Programme (PIP).

The scheme was launched to reward opponents for producing optimistic curiosity within the American circuit.

The previous world primary has profession earnings on the tour in extra of $120m (£89.96m), regardless of not having performed an official tour occasion for over a yr.

An exhibition parent-child match final December was his solely aggressive motion in 2021.

Tour officers initially said that they’d not make PIP outcomes public, however the 10 gamers who profited have been revealed in a memo to PGA Tour members.

In December, Phil Mickelson mistakenly claimed that he had received the largest share of the $40m prize fund. He truly completed second to Woods and obtained $6m.

The 51-year-old grew to become the oldest main winner with victory on the US PGA final yr.

Rory McIlroy – whose PGA Tour profession winnings complete $63m) – Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson all obtained $3.5m from the programme, which relies on metrics measuring a participant’s means to generate curiosity.

Auditors Grant Thornton verified the outcomes following evaluation of web searches, articles, social media, sponsor publicity and consciousness among the many US inhabitants.

Woods was significantly injured in a automobile crash in February 2021 and was not seen publicly for a lot of the yr. In late November a social media submit of him hitting golf balls underneath the title “making progress” attracted 7.8m views on Twitter.

A month later, the 15-time main champion partnered his son, Charlie, within the PNC Championship. They completed second after making 11 consecutive birdies within the closing spherical.

Woods, who used a buggy to play the Florida match, nonetheless doesn’t know when he will likely be match sufficient to return to the principle tour.

The opposite PIP beneficiaries have been main winners Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson. Every participant obtained $3m.

This yr, the PIP bonus pool will improve to $50m, a transfer criticised by Open champion Collin Morikawa.

“That is loopy to me,” Morikawa said a fortnight in the past.

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