Phil Mickelson wades in as Peter Kostis labels PGA Tour's PIP "ABSOLUTE JOKE"

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Thu, 16 Dec 2021

Phil Mickelson wades in as Peter Kostis labels PGA Tour's PIP "ABSOLUTE JOKE"

The controversial player impact program rolled out by the PGA Tour is an "absolute joke" according to Peter Kostis. 

Kostis took to social media to lay bare his thoughts after it was announced that the prize fund was increased by $10 million for 2022. 

That means the PGA Tour will be dishing out millions to Tiger Woods the player who has the biggest impact on the game next year.

If you weren't aware, the player impact program, is essentially a cash fund for players with the biggest "impact score".

The PGA Tour measure a number of things, such as Google searches to measure how they are affecting the game and reaching new fans. 

Of course, this incentivizes players to use social media a lot more. 

It can be a good and a bad thing as fans may think "feuds" between players like Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau is manufactured.

Yet the caveat to that is we get to see more behind the scenes footage and interesting content. 

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There are five criteria;

  • Google searches
  • Meltwater mentions (how many times a player is mentioned on social)
  • MVP index (a measure of player's reach on social media)
  • Nielsen score (how often a player features in TV coverage)
  • Q-Score (a measure of an entity’s familiarity and appeal)

Next year, the prize pool will be:

Winner: $8 million

Second: $6 million

3-6: $3.5 million

7-10: $3 million

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Who can claim the money?

Any PGA Tour player who plays in five or more events is eligible to claim a share of the money. 

Golf officials are keeping it a secret who gets the money each year, though it won't be hard to figure out the top 10. 

Critics suggest that this is essentially a case of the rich getting richer. 

The PGA Tour deny this. 

An absolute joke

Golf analyst, instructor and broadcaster Peter Kostis, now 74, took to social media to give his opinion. 

It's fair to say he doesn't hold back, suggesting the money should be distributed elsewhere and to future PGA Tour players.

What do you think? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

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