Woods has played only nine rounds of golf across three majors in
2022 but remains the game's top draw as defined by the PIP,
which measures a player's popularity based on five criteria like
media mentions and broadcast exposure.
World number one Rory McIlroy was rewarded with $12 million as
the runner-up while Jordan Spieth ($9 million), Justin Thomas
($7.5 million) and Jon Rahm ($6 million) rounded out the top
five, according to the memo sent to players.
Woods finished first in four of the five PIP categories, the
only exception coming in "TV Sponsor Exposure" which measures
the amount of time a player's sponsor logos appear on screen
during weekend PGA Tour telecasts.
Woods only played three weekend rounds this year, two at the
Masters and one at the PGA Championship.
The PIP was implemented in 2021 as a way to reward members who,
through a series of metrics, are shown to drive the most
positive interest in the PGA Tour.
The program was expanded this year to include the top 20 players
and $100 in total payouts, up from 10 players and $40 million
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler ($5.5 million) was sixth on
the list while the next four players -- Xander Schauffele, U.S.
Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris and Tony Finau each
earned $5 million.
Collin Morikawa, Shane Lowry, Kevin Kisner, Max Homa and Billy
Horschel were 11th-15th, respectively, and each earned $3
million. Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay
and Viktor Hovland rounded out the top 20 and will each get $2
Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Young and Sam Burns -- who would have
qualified under the slightly-modified criteria being used for
2023 -- were added to the list and will each get $2 million.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)
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