American golfer Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event in over a year, was awarded the Player Impact Program Award today. The Program is a system put in place in 2021 to reward players for their social and fan engagement regardless of how they perform on the course.
A 15-time Grand Slam tournament winner, Woods received an eight-million-dollar bonus for the prize with the top 10 players getting payments from the $40 million fund
Phil Mickelson, a six-time major winner, was picked second and took home a $6 million bonus. Even though he took early to social media thanking his supporters for winning first prize. Woods took the opportunity to rub it in on Twitter.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Americans Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas will also receive $3.5 million from the $50 million prize pool bonus. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and the current number one in the world, Jon Rahm, received three million each.
Why did Tiger Woods win if he hasn’t played in over a year?
The program rewards 10 players based on an “impact score” determined by their popularity on social media, as well as impact among television sponsors and general awareness among a broad American population, among others.The fact that Woods has emerged as the winner is a testament to the continued interest in not only golf enthusiasts, but also casual fans and celebrity watchers.
Woods hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since the rescheduled Masters in November 2020.He was recovering from another back operation when he suffered devastating leg injuries in a car accident in California in February 2021. Woods said this month that he still doesn’t know when he will be ready to compete in the top flight.
The star player participated in the PNC Championship family tournament alongside his son Charlie in December, and the PGA Tour noted that NBC Sports reported that the total weekend audience for that unofficial event of 2.3 million viewers was up a 53% compared to 2020.