The second season of the Player Impact Program The second season of the PGA Tour Player Impact Program has ended and, after the first rumors about the winner filtered almost everywhere on the sector media, the final final ranking has been made known.
And yes. The winner is still Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods, Player Impact Program
Compared to last year, however, there are two very significant changes. The total prize pool went from 40 to 100 million $, and was divided not between 10, but between 20 players from the circle of top players (find the complete ranking here).
So, as mentioned, Tiger Woods (who has played only nine regular season tournaments) once again pockets the check for first place, which goes from $ 8 million to $ 15 million. In second place is his partner in TMRW Sports, Rory McIlroy, who puts an additional $ 12 million into the piggy bank, the icing on the cake of a season that saw him establish himself in both professional golf rankings, FedEx and Race To Dubai.
The twenty players in the standings will enjoy an additional benefit, receiving an invitation to participate in all the elevated events of the 2023 season of the Tour. It therefore seems that the incentive program of the PGA Tour makes everyone agree But no.
There have been voices of other players critical of the PIP. Richie Ramsay on Twitter commented: “Such a large amount of $ when they said they wouldn’t fight money with money. Is it sustainable? ” The Scotsman refers to the words of Commissioner Jay Monahan contained in an interview shortly before the first event of the LIV Golf last June: “I’m not naive.
If this is an arms race where the only weapons are dollars, the PGA Tour cannot compete ”. We know how things went afterwards. Eddie Pepperell, also on Twitter, also wanted to say about him. In particular, the English player focused on the fact that three other players (Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Young and Sam Burns), out of 20, received a $ 2 million bonus.
“In normal times, a $ 2 million bonus for doing nothing extra would be considered crazy” “But golf has come to a strange place”. Pepperell points the finger at the PGA Tour’s decision to remunerate three players who would have entered the ranking of the best twenty by applying the criteria that will come into force for the PIP next year already for 2022. When do we go back to talking (only) about golf?