The purse for the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program continues to swell, but as with everything, the added cash has brought added strings.
For example, at the Tour Championship, commissioner Jay Monahan explained that players would be eligible for their share of the $100 million in bonus money only if they played in the 13 elevated events plus three more of their choosing during the upcoming 2023 season.
Of course, a key component of the Tour’s PIP is engagement, or using social media to keep one’s name relevant.
That got us thinking, with the year coming to a close, which of the PIP recipients were searched the most in 2022?
Overlooking the possibility of a late push (these numbers are from Jan. 1 to Dec. 17), here’s the list of PIP recipients who fans Googled over the past 12 months.
PIP: 12th – $3,000,000
Tied-19, but lost the YouTube tiebreaker
PIP: 17th – $2,000,000
Tied-19th, but won YouTube tiebreaker over Shane Lowry
PIP: 15th – $3,000,000
Tied 16th, but lost YouTube search tiebreaker
PIP: 18th – $2,000,000
Tied 16th, beat Billy Horschel in YouTube search tiebreaker
PIP: 13th – $3,000,000
Tied 16th, won YouTube search tiebreaker against Billy Horschel and Jason Day
PIP: 7th – $5,000,000