- Tiger Woods was the big winner for 2022’s PGA Tour Player Impact Program.
- PIP bonus pool money rewards players for boosting engagement/publicity.
The PGA Tour is rewarding its best players.
On top of increased PGA Tour prize money for each tournament, players earned bonus money for the second straight year through the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program (PIP).
According to ESPN, in January, players will receive 25% of their PIP bonus in the Sentry Tournament of Champions purse payment. The remaining 75% will be paid once a player completes three requirements: plays in a mutually agreed-upon PIP-designated tournament, participates in a PIP service event, and fulfills the mandatory participation requirement.
What is PGA Tour PIP (Player Impact Program)?
The PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program debuted in 2021 to reward players for boosting engagement and publicity of the PGA Tour.
In 2021, $40 million went to 10 players, while in 2022, $100 million was spread out over 20 players.
These 20 players are declared “top players,” which gets them into the biggest events with the biggest purses as part of the new PGA Tour schedule, including several elevated events.
The criteria for which the players are ranked come from the following:
- Internet searches, the number of unique news articles that include a player’s name
- The duration that a player’s sponsor logos appeared on screen during Saturday and Sunday PGA Tour telecasts
- A player’s general awareness score among a broad U.S. population
- Social media score that considers a player’s reach, conversation, and engagement metrics
Who Finished First in 2022 PGA Tour PIP (Player Impact Program)?
For the second straight year, Tiger Woods finished first in the PGA Tour’s PIP, earning a prize money payout of $15 million.
Woods did so despite only playing in three tournaments – the Masters, PGA Championship and Open Championship.
PGA Tour PIP Winners 2022: Prize Money Payouts
|Player||Bonus Prize Money|
|Tiger Woods||$15 million|
|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|
|Tony Finau||$5 million|
|Collin Morikawa||$3 million|
|Shane Lowry||$3 million|
|Kevin Kisner||$3 million|
|Billy Horschel||$3 million|
|Max Homa||$3 million|
|Rickie Fowler||$2 million|
|Adam Scott||$2 million|
|Jason Day||$2 million|
|Patrick Cantlay||$2 million|
|Viktor Hovland||$2 million|
|Hideki Matsuyama||$2 million|
|Cameron Young||$2 million|
|Sam Burns||$2 million|
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