Tiger Woods burned Phil Mickelson after beating him to No.1 in the PGA Tour Player Impact Program (PIP), and Bubba Watson has done similar to Collin Morikawa over the 10th spot.
Woods was named the winner of the inaugural PGA Tour PIP and he receives a whopping $8 million bonus in the process.
Not bad for playing in just one unofficial PGA Tour event in 2021, huh?!
The PGA Tour Player Impact Program, as its name suggests, measures a player's impact when it comes to media.
Mickelson, who claimed he had won it at the end of the year, ended up finishing second and Lefty pockets $6 million.
There wasn't just bantering going on at the top of the PIP standings though, as Bubba Watson, who finished 10th, was giving it back to a disappointed Collin Morikawa, who reportedly finished 11th and outside the money for the Top 10.
Watson picked up $3 million for taking the final spot.
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Woke up to still being #11 on PIP. But if you don’t believe me, too bad because anything after 10th doesn’t matter. Happy day #Co11in— Collin Morikawa (@collin_morikawa) March 2, 2022
"Woke up to still being #11 on PIP," tweeted Morikawa, who won his second major title at The Open in 2021.
"But if you don’t believe me, too bad because anything after 10th doesn’t matter. Happy [Camel emoji} day #Co11in."
Watson, who last won on the PGA Tour back in 2018, then hit back at Morikawa's tweet.
Sorry— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) March 3, 2022
Pretty sure 2022 will be your year! #PIP #10 #urwelcome https://t.co/G91BVaKZG4
"Sorry," tweeted Watson, a two-time winner of The Masters.
"Pretty sure 2022 will be your year! #PIP #10 #urwelcome"
Independent auditor Grant Thornton certified the results, and here is the criteria for the PIP money:
- Internet Searches: Number of times a player’s name is searched on the internet;
- Earned Media: Number of unique news articles that include a player’s name;
- Social Media: Social media score that considers a player’s reach, conversation and engagement metrics;
- TV Sponsor Exposure: Duration (time) that a player’s sponsor logo(s) appears on screen during Saturday and Sunday PGA TOUR telecasts;
- Awareness: A player’s general awareness score among broad U.S. population.
PGA Tour players will be playing for an increased pot of $50 million when it comes to PIP money in 2022.