Gaming will become a bigger part of the Player Impact program

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The Player Impact Program (PIP) won by Tiger Woods in 2021 has grown from a $40 million bonus pool to $100 million this year – a $50 million payout has already been exceeded – with around 20 players benefiting from the advantages, compared to 10 previously.

The program has undergone several adjustments, including the removal of the Q ranking and social media components, although players in 2022 will be judged on both systems, hence the possibility of more than 20 players sharing the bonus program.

Five of the top 10 in 2021 – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson – moved to LIV Golf, but the new program was put in place to try to thwart those defections while rewarding players for their participation. in the biggest events of the Tour.

Going forward, to be eligible for PIP, a player must play in 20 tournaments – 12 high events, the four major tournaments, players and three other tournaments of their choice. The PGA Tour Board of Directors recently decided to allow an opt-out among elevated events.

But here’s a catch that hasn’t been so widely reported: Players who receive PIP bonus money won’t receive it all at once. In order to receive their full bonus, they will need to participate in all high tournaments (minus one pass) they are eligible for in 2023. The breakdown has yet to be revealed.

To use Woods as an example, it’s hard to imagine him filling all the terms. Although Woods is not eligible for the Sentry Tournament of Champions or the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he is eligible for all major tournaments, the Players Championship, his own Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial. Then there is the additional requirement of three tournaments.

Even skipping one seems to be difficult at this point for Woods. It is unknown how much of the bonus is linked to participation in these events, and if there is some sort of pro-rated amount based on the number of events missed.

Then again, in Woods’ case, no one would be upset if they gave it their all anyway. The whole point of this program is to reward players for value beyond their golf scores.

Ryan H. Bowman