Sorry, Phil — Tiger is perhaps out of the sport for now, however you’re nonetheless sitting at second finest.
The outcomes of the PGA’s first ever Participant Affect Program have been launched right now, with Tiger Woods unsurprisingly within the prime seat in what is basically a golf recognition contest (extra on that in a second), and Phil Mickelson within the place he has so usually discovered himself all through his profession — only one step behind Tiger. They’ll obtain $8 million and $6 million, respectively.
Rounding out the highest three is Rory McIlory, adopted by Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom will obtain $3.5 million from this initiative.
Mickelson has discovered himself unexpectedly down for the rely within the public eye after a collection of anti-PGA missteps over the previous few weeks, and whereas this won’t precisely be newsworthy by itself, yet one more unlucky misstep from Lefty has made it so.
In December, Mickelson despatched out a tweet implying that he had already gained or was about to win the PIP. He clearly didn’t, and Tiger responded to the unique tweet right now in a simple however nonetheless hilarious dunk.
Woods has not performed a single skilled match this yr, although he did play within the PNC Championship together with his son Charlie. His influence on the game is plain and has been mentioned at such size that I’ll spare you the paragraph — although I wish to word that there was explicit deal with his legacy following his life-changing damage this time final yr.
So whereas the PGA is clearly making an effort to financially appease its stars who, led by Mickelson, have vocalized some issues and points with the affiliation, it’s actually making a gift of cash to golfers for being widespread, no matter whether or not they’ve hit a PGA ball this yr.
So what’s the PIP, in any case?
The PGA’s Participant Affect Program is a brand new initiative that “acknowledges and rewards gamers who positively transfer the needle” primarily based on five metrics: (1) Web searches for his or her identify, (2) information articles on the participant, (3) a social media rating primarily based on attain and engagement, (4) TV sponsor publicity, and (5) basic consciousness within the American inhabitants.
The calculations have been performed by an impartial auditor, and $40 million was distributed to the ten hottest ladies in class — wait, sorry, skilled golfers, with out straight making an allowance for their stage of play.
If golfers are anxious they’re not being compensated sufficient, this appears to be an fascinating response, fairly than upping the amount of cash in match purses. Nevertheless, veteran golfer Kevin Na introduced up an excellent level on Twitter right now — the extra widespread the game, the extra money all the athletes usher in. The PGA appears to have had the identical thought — why not reward the blokes bringing within the income with somewhat one thing further?
It’s been controversial from the beginning, because it mainly measures the family name-ness of professional athletes. After all, that is largely primarily based on the golfers’ ability over time, which will get them on leaderboards as their names change into recognizable they usually carry in additional followers as they maintain profitable. However fairly frankly, Tiger goes to be profitable this one for the subsequent decade except one other Tiger comes alongside.
And perhaps that’s the way it ought to be. As Brooks Koepka said when information of the initiative first got here out, “Tiger ought to be No. 1 on that checklist it doesn’t matter what. He’s all the cause we’re in a position to play for a lot cash, all the cause this sport is as widespread as it’s, and the explanation most of us are taking part in. Not even shut.”
Nevertheless, ESPN reported that different execs are usually not fairly as supportive of the PIP. Stated FedEx Cup Champion Patrick Cantlay, “”I feel I’m old-school within the respect that I would really like the cash to be doled out relative to play, and I don’t suppose the PIP does that. It could be the primary departure that the tour has had from rewarding good play to rewarding social media or recognition presence, so I don’t like that departure.”
Cash seize or deserved reward? Both approach, Mickelson should accept second this yr.