Tiger Woods is set to pocket HUGE £5.8m payout from the PGA Tour

Tiger Woods is set to pocket HUGE £5.8m payout from the PGA Tour for having most social media influence… despite not playing in a single tournament all year after horror car crash which left him with a broken leg

  • Tiger Woods has not competed since the 2020 Masters last November
  • The former World No 1 was hospitalised after a horror car crash in February
  • But Woods is still set to earn a huge windfall from the Player Impact Programme 
  • The PIP was introduced this year to reward players’ influence off the course

Tiger Woods is set to pocket a £5.8million windfall from the PGA Tour despite not playing in a single tournament all year.

The Player Impact Programme, which was introduced by the PGA Tour in January, rewards professionals based on their social media popularity in a ploy to bring more fans to the sport.

Woods has not hit a single shot in 2021 after a horror crash in February ruled him out of contention. 

Tiger Woods is set to pocket a £5.8million payout from the Player Impact Programme

That is despite Woods not competing once in 2021 following his horrific car crash in February – the 15-time major winner was on crutches after sustaining open fractures on his right leg

Woods was behind the wheel when his car crashed in a single rollover accident in LA

But that hasn’t prevented the former world No 1 from banking a tidy payout as he remains eligible for the cash that will be handed out to the top 10 players on the programme.

Woods leads the pack by a considerable margin, ahead of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy in terms of Google searches. 

Blockbuster names such as Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and current world No 1 Jon Rahm are all also projected to receive a payout, according to Sports Illustrated.

Rory McIlroy (left) comes in second while Jordan Spieth (right) also features on the PIP list 

Former Masters champion Dustin Johnson is set to join Woods in receiving PIP cash

Brooks Koepka (left) and Bryson DeChambeau’s (right) feud has led to PIP rewards

But strangely breakout Ryder Cup rookie star and Open champion Collin Morikawa does not feature in the top 10. 

The American misses the cut alongside some familiar faces such as Ryder Cup Team Europe veterans Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Masters 2021 winner Hideki Matsuyama and the ever controversial Patrick Reed. 

It is of course no surprise to see Woods top the list with the American star considered by many to be golf’s greatest of all time and an icon to both those in and out of the sport.

Open champion Collin Morikawa has missed the cut to earn a juicy bonus from the programme

Woods hasn’t competed in a professional golf tournament since he attempted to defend his 2019 Masters victory at an unusually autumnal Augusta setting just under a year ago. 

The 45-year-old was first ruled out due to an injury sustained playing but his time off the course was extended after being hospitalised by the single-rollover car crash. 

The 15-time major champion suffered ‘open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones’ forcing him off the fairways. 


There has been little sign of him returning to golf since, with considerable doubt remaining over whether he will ever compete again. 

But the 15-time major winner was finally seen on a course for the first time last week. 

Last Saturday Woods was spotted on a practice tee with club in hand, overseeing his son Charlie competing in a junior event.

He was no longer in need of crutches but sported a long sleeve on his injured right leg, an indication of his ongoing rehab, and fans were reassured to at least see the American back in his natural habitat. 

Last week Woods was spotted on the golf course with a club in hand for the first time since his horrific accident, as he watched his son Charlie practice hitting balls

The former World No 1 competed with Charlie in the PNC Championship last December

The Player Impact Programme was reportedly initially set up as a counterpunch to the proposed Premier Golf League, who looked to seduce some of the world’s best including Johnson and Koepka to compete in a new professional set-up.

But as the proposal began to gain traction earlier this year, the PGA Tour, understandably disgruntled, made a move to stifle the idea. 

Tour commissioner Jay Monohan even reportedly outlined plans to players during a mandatory meeting that any star joining the Premier Golf League would lose their tour card. 

Player Impact Programme 

The Player Impact Programme is designed to reward players’ performance off the course. 

The PIP will distribute a $40m (£29m) prize pool to the 10 players on the Tour with the top ‘Impact Score,’ including $8m (£5.8m) to the top player.

The programme began on January 1 to ‘recognize and reward players who positively move the needle’, according to the PGA Tour.

According to Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch, the Impact Scores will be generated based on a player’s:

  • Popularity in Google searches
  • Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, which places a value on the exposure a player delivers to sponsors though the minutes they are featured on broadcasts
  • Q Rating, which measures the familiarity and appeal of a player’s brand
  • MVP Index rating, which calibrates the value of the engagement a player drives across social and digital channels

Meltwater Mentions, or the frequency with which a player generates coverage across a range of media platforms

 The Tour will employ an algorithm to turn the values from each metric into Impact Scores for every player.

The ranking of each player’s score then determines how much of the prize fund they are awarded. 

All current regular PGA Tour members who have played in at least five co-sponsored or approved Tour events in at least one of the previous five seasons are eligible. As are current PGA Tour Champions players who have played in at least 10 combined PGA Tour or Champions events in at least one of the previous five seasons. 

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