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    What Tiger Woods’ newest PIP payday is basically price

    Tiger Woods received the PIP Program for the second straight 12 months in 2022, in response to the Related Press.

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    Some issues in Tiger Woods’ life are constants. The paychecks are one in all them.

    On Tuesday, a report from the Related Press‘s Doug Ferguson named Tiger the winner of the PGA Tour’s Participant Impression Program for the second consecutive 12 months, edging out Rory McIlroy to win the PGA Tour’s controversial new bonus pool. As winner, Woods will take dwelling a plurality of the PIP’s $100 million fund, which is able to reportedly be break up between some 23 gamers.

    It needs to be famous that Tiger’s victory will give him two extra PIP titles (2) than PGA Tour begins (0) because the starting of 2021 — a degree that underscores the unusual nature of the PIP, a bonus pool conceived primarily as a recognition contest and birthed by the rising risk of LIV Golf. McIlroy reportedly completed second within the tally, accumulating some $12 million amid a season that has seen him reascend to the No. 1 World Rating and grow to be one of many sport’s most vital figureheads.

    Nonetheless, it doesn’t take a statistician to grasp how Woods received the award for a second straight season. Even with accidents stemming from his February 2020 automotive accident that compelled him into the twilight of his enjoying profession, Tiger proved himself golf’s most distinguished determine once more in solely three begins in ’22. At any time when that very-large verify from the PGA Tour clears, it won’t solely be well-earned, it’ll be just a few million wanting the worth he delivered to the PGA Tour. The truth is, that’s one of many different constants of Tiger’s life: he’s underpaid.

    On the Masters and PGA Championship, some issues had been as they’ve all the time been for Tiger. Each occasions had been preempted by months-long intrigue within the state of his recreation and highlighted by large tv scores throughout play, even when each performances flamed out earlier than Sunday. On the Open Championship, Woods dominated event week in typical style with out even making it to the weekend. After arriving in St. Andrews to a lot fanfare, his emotional stroll over Swilcan Bridge proved the seminal second of the golf season, charming the sports activities world even in a Friday missed minimize.

    Some issues had modified. Tiger was now not the dominant participant in 2022 he’d been for the earlier quarter-century. His physique was unusually restricted. His gait was decreased to a limp. However in case you seemed shut sufficient, you could possibly see one thing that seemed just like the previous Tiger, and that was ok.

    Reinvention, in spite of everything, is what he does higher than anybody. And for the primary time in 2022, his newest reinvention was not felt between the ropes. His feedback on the Genesis Invitational and Masters struck an early blow to LIV Golf’s public standing and rallied essential assist behind the Tour. His forceful criticism on the Open Championship proved one of many PGA Tour’s lone north stars in three months of summer time chaos. The unprecedented emergency assembly he convened with high execs in August — the one which resulted in wholesale adjustments to the PGA Tour construction — stuffed gauze into the Tour’s gradual however persistent bleed.

    His phrases weighed heavy on the golf world throughout this time, however they weighed disproportionately on the PIP, which considers a handful of media metrics in assessing a participant’s recognition. Together with his face reverberating round each community on the planet, it was almost unattainable for Woods to not win this 12 months’s tally. That was by design, even when Tiger by no means fairly realized it.

    This, in an odd method, is the explanation why his PIP victory issues in any respect. It’s the one reminder the remainder of us will obtain about how a lot of his legacy has modified these final 11 months.

    The cash is irrelevant, and so is the title, however the implication just isn’t: change is probably the most dependable fixed.

    Even for Tiger Woods.

    James Colgan
    Patacon.org Editor

    James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing tales for the web site and journal. He writes the Scorching Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and makes use of his broadcast expertise throughout the model’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse College, James — and evidently, his golf recreation — continues to be defrosting from 4 years within the snow. Previous to becoming a member of GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Lengthy Island, the place he’s from. He will be reached at [email protected]

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