Kevin Na "all for" Tiger Woods making him richer but baffled over PIP

Kevin Na was confused with the news Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour's player impact program ahead of Phil Mickelson. 

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Fri, 4 Mar 2022
Kevin Na "all for" Tiger Woods making him richer but baffled over PIP

With one word and two emojis, Tiger Woods probably all but wrapped up next year's player impact program minutes after being announced as the inaugral winner. 

"Whoops", was the post coming out of Woods' official Twitter account. Whether or not that was actually sent by the cat remains to be seen, but it was still a pretty hilarious response. 

So despite not playing a single competitive round, Woods is now $8million richer after winning the PGA Tour's cash giveaway program for players bringing the most attention to the sport. 

Despite what some may believe, the program wasn't just a social media contest. This is in spite of the impact Woods' comeback swing generated. He hadn't played competitive golf in 2021 and yet that swing was the most exciting thing we had seen all year. 

Jon Rahm draining putts down the stretch Torrey Pines to win his maiden U.S. Open? No. Give us "making progress".

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Woods is the needle mover in the sport. As you would expect, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth make up the other "needle movers". 

Collin Morikawa was number 11 in the list and missed out on any juicy cash. He changed his Twitter account name to Co11in in an apparent swipe at the PGA Tour. 

This is what he posted:

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

And Kevin Na struck a different tone:

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2020/2021 PIP full results

Tiger Woods $8m

Phil Mickelson $6m

Rory McIlroy $3.5m

Bryson DeChambeau $3.5m

Justin Thomas $3.5m

Dustin Johnson $3m

Brooks Koepka $3m

Jon Rahm $3m

Bubba Watson $3m

How was this calculated?

Any PGA Tour member who had played five or more events last season or five or more events in at least one of the preceding five seasons was eligible for the program. 

It was calculated using this criteria:

  • Google searches (meltwater mentions)
  • MVP index (players' reach on social media)
  • Nielson score (how much a player is featured on broadcasts)
  • Q-score (a measure of an entity's familiarity and appeal)

The PIP fund will increase from $40million to $50million next season, with Tiger Woods the winner getting $10million. 

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