Rory McIlroy broke the news two weeks ago that Tiger Woods finished first and second in the Player Impact Program 2022 PGA Tour. On Tuesday, the Tour released the official rankings for the second year of its lucrative bonus fund.
Still recovering from a car accident that almost cost him his leg, Woods won the PIP for the second year in a row and received a $15 million prize. In 2022, the 15-time major tournament champion played in just three events (all majors), winning the Masters before dropping out of the PGA Championship and missing out on the Open Championship.
Winning the FedEx Cup for a record third time, McIlroy earned a $12 million PIP runner-up prize after a three-win season that saw 13 top-25 finishes of 14 cuts in 16 tournaments.
Here is the full ranking, along with how much money each player earned:
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Tiger Woods ($15 million)
Rory McIlroy ($12 million)
Jordan Spieth ($9 million)
Justin Thomas ($7.5 million)
John Ram ($6 million)
Scotty Sheffler ($5.5 million)
Xander Schauffele ($5 million)
Matt Fitzpatrick ($5 million)
Will Zalatoris ($5 million)
Tony Finau ($5 million)
Colleen Morikawa ($3 million)
Shane Lowry ($3 million)
Kevin Kisner ($3 million)
Max Homa ($3 million)
Billy Horschel ($3 million)
Ricky Fowler ($2 million)
Adam Scott ($2 million)
Jason Day ($2 million)
Patrick Cantley ($2 million)
Victor Hovland ($2 million)
In the second year, PIP paid out the top 20 players, compared to 10 in the first year. However, three more players were honored this year as they had to qualify under slightly modified criteria that will take effect in 2023: Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Young and Sam Burns. Each player earned $2 million.
According to PGA tour, “the program is designed to reward participants who, according to objective measurement criteria, generate the most positive interest in the PGA Tour.” The 2022 ranking was based on the following:
Internet searches: How many times the player’s name was searched on Google
Earned Media: Number of unique news articles that mention the player’s name
TV Sponsor Advertisement: Duration (time) that a player’s sponsor logo(s) appeared on screen during Saturday and Sunday PGA TOUR TV broadcasts
player overall awareness score among the general population of the United States
Social media: A social media score that takes into account the player’s reach, conversations, and engagement metrics.
The PGA Tour returns to action in 2023 with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, taking place January 5-8 at Kapalua Plantation Field in Maui, Hawaii.
Sticks used by PGA Tour players ranked 10th in Hits Taken: Putting.