Tiger Woods rushed to hospital following car accident
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Tiger Woods is reportedly set to pocket a cool £5.8 million from the PGA Tour despite not playing in a single tournament or hitting a golf ball all year, thanks to the Tour’s Player Impact Programme (PIP).
Woods has not featured in a professional event since the 2020 Masters just under a year ago, firstly due to injuries sustained playing, before his time away was stretched even longer after he was involved in a horror car crash in February of this year.
The golfing great was in Los Angeles to host the annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club, but was then involved in a road accident in the area just one day later.
The 15-time major champion suffered ‘open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones’ from the crash meaning he has been unable to play golf since.
Despite his time away from the course Woods will still reap some financial reward from his sidelined 2021 season, as Sports Illustrated reported that the 2019 Masters champion will top the Tour’s PIP list and therefore earn a whopping £5.8 million.
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The programme is largely down to the size of the world’s best golfers digital footprint, with social media popularity, search volume and overall digital impact the key factors in determining the recipients entitled to a cut of the £29 million pool.
PIP was reportedly initially set up to lure golfers away from joining the proposed Premier Golf League, who looked to bring in some of the world’s best including Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka to compete in a new professional setup.
However, the PGA Tour made their feelings clearly known when the idea began to gain momentum in May of this year, as Tour commissioner Jay Monohan outlined plans to ban any player that competed in the PGL for life, according to the Telegraph.
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It is of course no surprise to many that Woods is set to swoop the largest share of the programme’s reward, with the American no doubt regarded as the sports poster boy despite not being able to compete.
Sports Illustrated also predicted the other nine Tour players that are likely to take share of the £29 million prize fund, with European star Rory McIlroy coming next, who is second only to Woods in Instagram and Twitter following.
America’s ‘golden boy’ Jordan Spieth is expected to come in at third, whilst his Ryder Cup vice captain Phil Mickelson, and teammates Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas are also expected to make the list.
Jon Rahm has also managed to just squeeze his name into the top ten, despite being world No 1 and excelling across the PGA Tour this season, whilst potentially the biggest surprise name on the list comes in the form of Rickie Fowler.
The once starring American has fallen away from the world’s best in recent years, even failing to qualify for this year’s Masters at Augusta back in April.
However his stardom throughout the 2010’s looks to have put his digital footprint in good stead, as Sports Illustrated predict the 32-year-old will come in at eighth in the list.
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