Phil Mickelson claims to have won the one-year Player Impact Program (PIP) and the US $ 8 million bonus while Tiger Woods would have taken second place and $ 6 million, although the PGA Tour said the results won’t be official until next month.
The tour created the program last year to reward the players who bring the most interest to the tour while keeping the PIP list confidential.
Players will be notified of their ranking on the list, but will not have access to the full ranking.
The new cash cow plan is based on the calendar year, not the season.
Who actually decides how the mountain of money is divided, and why a player deserves a handout without even registering a birdie on the tour for the entire year is unclear?
Why the best players justify a wad of extra cash has not been clearly and rationally explained.
There is a mystery and some secrecy surrounding PIP that has prompted many people to ask questions.
Why is the PGA Tour giving its richest players such big cash rewards? And for what exactly?
The moans and moans directed at the PGA Tour include requests that if there is so much money to give, why not give it to struggling golfers rather than wealthy players like Mickelson.
The reigning PGA Championship champion has won over $ 90 million in tournament earnings and has an estimated net worth of $ 400 million.
Eyebrows have also been raised at the news that Woods, who has an estimated net worth of $ 800 million, was reportedly ranked second on the new cash prize list.
Giving $ 6 million to Woods, who hasn’t touched a hit on the PGA Tour since a car crash last February, is particularly distasteful for many players trying to pay off their mortgages.
It’s hard to swallow for those who are doing their best for a living from sport.
Off-limits : Anyone who tells you that money is the root of all evil has none.