AVONDALE, La. – As particulars emerged this week about the PGA Tour’s new Player Impact Program, the information principally led to extra questions.
How will the $40 million bonus pool be distributed? How precisely will a participant’s “impact score” be calculated? Are there any strings hooked up to the bonus cash? Why was this program essential sufficient for the Tour to blaze an uncharacteristic non-competition-based path?
According to interviews with varied players and sources aware of the program, the circuit started formulating the thought in late 2019 and the measure was accepted by the coverage board at the ’20 Arnold Palmer Invitational; though, it seems to nonetheless be a thriller to some players.
“We don’t know much about it, in all honesty,” Xander Schauffele stated. “Apparently, we were told about it in January, I was not made aware – Pat [Cantlay] and I were in Hawaii – we weren’t made aware of this news, maybe we were and we forgot about it.”
The bonus pool will reward $8 million to the participant with the greatest “impact score” – which shall be decided by varied scores that observe a participant’s recognition, social/conventional media affect and the place he completed on the FedExCup factors checklist – with $6 million going to second place, $3.5 million going to these ranked third by sixth and $3 million going to Nos. 7-10.
According to varied sources, the algorithm that may arrange the information and create every participant’s rating has been designed to embody gadgets that affect the Tour in a optimistic means which implies, for instance, the media publicity created by Tiger Woods’ single-vehicle automotive crash earlier this 12 months in Los Angeles possible wouldn’t issue into his affect rating.
Although the program was a direct response to the Premier Golf League, a proposed startup tour that’s reportedly being funded by the Saudi Arabian regime, it’s additionally clear that the Tour wished to acknowledge the affect Woods has had on the circuit’s recognition all through his profession.
“If we look at over a few years the guys who really drive the Tour, the guys who bring in the money to the PGA Tour, in my opinion, I think we should thank them,” Horschel stated. “I look at as we’re thanking them, we’re thanking one guy [Woods] and now multiple guys because of what they’re going to do in the future. We have an amazing TV contract now that is going to be beneficial for all Tour players. If Tour players actually look at this, they’re going to be rewarded in a lot of different ways.”
The bonus cash gained’t come with out a few strings hooked up. There shall be sure necessities to accumulate the complete bonus, like including an occasion to a participant’s schedule they usually wouldn’t play or assembly with a potential or present sponsor.
While the focus shall be on the high players, the Tour has created varied packages lately to encourage players to be extra engaged with social and conventional media. The participant with a low affect rating possible gained’t be cracking the high 10 however they will have incremental features which could lead to extra endorsement potentialities.
“If you’re 11th in the FedExCup points or ninth or 10th or wherever you are and if you’re not active on social media and that costs you, it sounds like it could be quite a lot of money. It’s something that I’ve looked at and I heard about it a couple of months ago, I’m trying to become more active, just in case you do get a hot hand and start pushing that edge,” Marc Leishman stated. “Some guys sell a lot of tickets and I think those guys it gives them some incentive to maybe play extra events or something.”