A couple of days earlier than Rory McIlroy returned to No. 1 on the planet, he was requested if he might settle for being No. 2 for the foreseeable future.
The subject, in fact, was the Participant Impression Program, and McIlroy smiled.
“Hey, I gave him a fairly good run,” McIlroy stated.
That will be Tiger Woods, who gained the PIP bonus pool for the second yr regardless of taking part in solely 9 rounds in three majors. He additionally was on the town for the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware, however solely to attend a player-only assembly that led to the PGA Tour reshaping its schedule.
McIlroy had a giant yr with out including to his main whole. Together with profitable the FedEx Cup for a report third time, two different tournaments and getting again to No. 1 on the planet rating, he was the strongest and most frequent voice in help of the PGA Tour’s problem from Saudi-funded LIV Golf.
McIlroy stated he was second behind Woods within the PIP. As for that good run? McIlroy stated he completed within the prime 10 in all however one class for the PIP. With the expanded program, the payout for McIlroy was $12 million. That contributed to a giant season financially, too.
McIlroy’s earnings, which incorporates bonus cash, got here out to $40,354,566. That breaks right down to $8,654,566 from prize cash in 15 tournaments, $18 million for profitable the FedEx Cup, $1.7 million for being sixth within the Comcast Enterprise Tour prime 10 for the common season, and the $12 million from the PIP.
Whereas that is greater than the $35.6 million Dustin Johnson earned from his eight LIV Golf occasions, Johnson additionally acquired a signing bonus reported to be price round $150 million over 4 years, which ostensibly would put him north of $70 million for the yr.
The PIP cash remains to be being finalized, and the PGA Tour is anticipated to launch the checklist someday earlier than or after Thanksgiving week.
Two lists had been in play — the unique PIP plan that used such metrics as social media engagement, model publicity, Q-rating, Web searches and consciousness, and the brand new standards that leans extra on media mentions and broadcast publicity than social media. The PIP additionally was expanded to twenty gamers as an alternative of 10, and utilizing each lists for 2022, some 23 gamers are anticipated to obtain bonus cash from the $100 million program.
5 gamers from the inaugural PIP checklist — Phil Mickelson, Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Bubba Watson — at the moment are with LIV Golf. Beginning with 2023, the highest 20 gamers obtain their PIP bonus after competing within the 13 elevated occasions for which they’re eligible and three non-elevated occasions.
One exception is Woods. The commissioner has discretion to award PIP cash to those that do not meet the match minimal due to severe damage or different emergency.