The PGA Tour has confirmed the official results of the 2022 Player Impact Program and as Rory McIlroy revealed the other day, Tiger Woods has won it for a second consecutive season despite only playing nine competitive rounds this year.
Woods pockets a whopping $15 million for topping the PIP standings in 2022.
That is up from the $7 million Woods received when winning the inaugural PIP race over Phil Mickelson in 2021.
Mickelson is of course now on LIV Golf.
McIlroy, who gave the game all away two weeks ago, finished second to Woods and he collects a cool $12 million.
This comes just days after McIlroy won his fourth DP World Tour points race on Sunday.
Woods, a winner of 15 career majors and a joint record 82 victories on the PGA Tour, was only able to play nine competitive rounds in 2022 as a result of still recovering from leg injuries sustained in his horror car crash of February 2021.
Woods finished 47th at The Masters, withdrew after three rounds of the US PGA Championship, and then he emotionally missed the cut at the Home of Golf in the 150th Open Championship.
That was Woods' last appearance on Tour, and potentially his last ever at the famous Old Course at St Andrews, the scene of two of his three Open victories in 2000 and 2005.
But Woods will return to action in his annual Hero World Challenge in two weeks' time.
He will then join forces with McIlroy as the golf legends face Spieth and Thomas in the next instalment of The Match.
Woods is then going to compete with his beefed-up cub Charlie Woods in the PNC Championship just before Christmas.
Jon Rahm, who won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship for the third time in his career on Sunday, rounds out the top five and he collects $6 million for his efforts.
Rahm, who somehow remains fifth in the Official World Golf Rankings despite having gone 2-1-4-1 in his four worldwide starts, is also fifth in the PIP race, too.
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Scottie Scheffler, who became World No.1 earlier this year only to lose the title to McIlroy last month, finished in sixth place.
England's Matt Fitzpatrick makes a welcome move into the Top 10 for the first time in eighth position.
PIP results are in! Complete results attached. Tiger wins! Rory second! Collin Morikawa 11th — again — by a heartbreaking margin! pic.twitter.com/XdNVtigrkc— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) November 22, 2022
Collin Morikawa will no doubt be *thrilled* to see himself in 11th place again.
The two-time major champion was miffed about missing the top 10 last year!
Of the remainder of PGA Tour stars, the one surprise is to see Patrick Cantlay finish so far down the list in 19th.
The 2022 PIP ranking was based on objective, third-party data measurement:
1) Internet Searches: Number of times a player's name is searched using Google
2) Earned Media: Number of unique news articles that include a player's name
3) TV Sponsor Exposure: Duration (time) that a player's sponsor logo(s) appeared on screen during Saturday and Sunday PGA Tour telecasts.
4) Awareness: A player's general awareness score among broad US population
5) Social Media: Social media score that considers a player's reach, conversation and engagement metrics.
The PIP program this year was paid out to the Top 20 finishers, double what it did in its first year.
However, the PGA Tour also included three additional players to the Top 20 who would have made the list under the slightly amended criteria that will come into effect in 2023.
These players include Hideki Matsuyama (11), Cameron Young (15) and Sam Burns (20).
Here's a look at the final 2022 PIP results and the money each player earned:
2022 PGA TOUR PIP TOP 20 – CURRENT MEASUREMENT CRITERIA
2022 PGA TOUR PIP – ADDITIONAL PLAYERS – NEW MEASUREMENT CRITERIA
These were the PIP results in 2021:
1. Tiger Woods ($8 million)
2. Phil Mickelson ($6 million)
3. Rory McIlroy ($3.5 million)
4. Jordan Spieth ($3.5 million)
5. Bryson DeChambeau ($3.5 million)
6. Justin Thomas ($3.5 million)
7. Dustin Johnson ($3 million)
8. Brooks Koepka ($3 million)
9. Jon Rahm ($3 million)
10. Bubba Watson ($3 million)