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Tiger Woods Could Make $7.9 Million From PGA Tour Without Hitting A Single Golf Ball

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When you’re Tiger Woods, you make money. Lots of it, even when you don’t play on tour for a full calendar year.

Recovering from his single car accident in February, Woods has been sidelined all season long with his golf future in serious jeopardy. He hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since the 2020 Masters in November. Still, however, Woods is set to rake in $7.9 million this year without hitting a single golf ball, per Sports Illustrated’s Andy Wittry.

Woods’ earnings are the result of the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program (PIP), which dishes out $40 million to the top 10 in PIP score, with nearly $8 million going to the No. 1 player. The program was put into place this season, used as a counter to the formation of the Premier Golf League, which was reportedly offering large amounts of money to lure away the PGA’s top stars.

According to Golfweek, the program is largely based on how much internet interaction a golfer on tour gets during the season. Google searches, as well as social media mentions factor into a player’s PIP score, with Woods easily projected to take the top spot.

The program clearly does not value play, as Rickie Fowler is projected to land in the top 10 of PIP score, despite his status as the No. 82 ranked player in the world. Despite this, Fowler remains a popular name among golf fans and has a strong social media following.

The 15-time major champion Woods is far away the leader in social media footprint, with 6.5 million Twitter followers and 2.7 million Instagram followers. It’s likely a list that Woods will top until he hangs ’em up for good, with nobody else in golf near his popularity level.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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  1. This is such a dumb system the PGA Tour created. Tiger Woods could not have done less for the sport of golf this year. He didn’t play a single event, he made no appearances anywhere, and he didn’t do any meaningful social media. He has been a complete ghost, but the PGA Tour is going to reward him with a huge payday just because he accumulated a ton of followers back when he was actually playing.

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