He didn’t play much, but he still moved the needle.
Tiger Woods was No. 1 in the 2022 PGA TOUR Player Impact Program (PIP) for the second year in a row, the 82-time TOUR winner earning the highest impact bonus of $15 million.
Rory McIlroy, who won the FedExCup for an unprecedented third time, returned to World No. 1 and over the weekend captured the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai, finishing second ($12 million).
A memo with the results was sent to the players Tuesday afternoon.
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) million) and Tony Finau ($5 million) rounded out the top 10.
The sophomore PIP program paid out to the top 20 finishers double what it did in its first year. However, three additional players who would have made the roster under the slightly modified criteria that take effect in 2023 were also recognized, bringing the total to 23.
The program is designed to reward members who, through objective metrics, generate the most positive interest in the PGA TOUR. In addition to expanding from 10 to 20 players, the payouts were expanded to $100 million.
The 2022 PIP Ranking was based on objective measurement of third-party data from:
1) Internet searches: number of times a player’s name is searched on Google
2) Earned Media: Number of unique news articles that include a player’s name
3) Television Sponsor Exposure: Duration (time) a player’s sponsor logo appeared on screen during the Saturday and Sunday PGA TOUR broadcasts
4) Awareness: A player’s overall awareness score among the general US population.
5) Social Media – Social media score that considers a player’s reach, conversation, and engagement metrics
Numbers 11-20 on the list consisted of Collin Morikawa ($3 million), Shane Lowry ($3 million), Kevin Kisner ($3 million), Max Homa ($3 million), Billy Horschel ($3 million), Rickie Fowler ($2 million), Adam Scott ($2 million), Jason Day ($2 million), Patrick Cantlay ($2 million) and Viktor Hovland ($2 million).
Because the criteria will be slightly tweaked for 2023, and three additional players — Hideki Matsuyama (11), Cameron Young (15) and Sam Burns (20) — would have qualified with those adjustments, they made this year’s roster and will each win. $2 million
Woods, who will turn 47 at the end of next month, continues to recover from injury. He has tried it three times in 2022, making the cut at the Masters Tournament (47th), making the cut again but withdrawing with leg pain after three rounds at the PGA Championship, and missing the cut in the Open Championship.
He wasn’t on the field for the BMW Championship in August, but he did fly to Wilmington, Delaware, for a transformative player meeting before the start of the tournament.
And your activity in the field is about to get a lot busier. Woods will play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, December 1-4, and will also host the tournament. He will make another appearance on “The Match,” the made-for-television golf competition he helped popularize, this time with partner McIlroy as they take on undefeated Presidents Cup duo Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a 12-hole tournament under the lights at Pelican Golf Club in Belleaire, Fla. (TNT, 6 p.m.).
Woods could also make his third consecutive appearance with his son Charlie at the father-son PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, December 15-18.
McIlroy, 33, is coming off a tremendously successful season that has returned him to the top of the game.
After missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open in April, he fell to No. 27 at the FedExCup but was runner-up at the Masters the following week. A successful and long-delayed title defense at the RBC Canadian Open, which had not been played since 2019, further fueled his remarkable season.
At the TOUR Championship, he started six behind Scottie Scheffler, and after a terrible start (triple bogey, bogey), rallied to beat Scheffler by one for an unprecedented third FedExCup title. McIlroy’s Sunday 66 allowed him to make up for a six-shot deficit over the last 18 holes.
He finished the year as golf’s No. 1, reclaiming first place in the Official World Golf Rankings with his victory at THE CJ CUP in South Carolina, and then, over the weekend, adding the all-time points title. the DP World Tour season to his FedExCup Title.