World quantity two Rory McIlroy has overwhelmed Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour’s $15m (£11.9m) prize for producing essentially the most media curiosity in 2023.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy pipped the 15-time main winner to prime spot on the tour’s ‘Player Impact Programme’ (PIP).
Woods received it in 2021 and 2022 regardless of his injury-hit taking part in schedule.
McIlroy takes prime spot for the primary time two weeks after saying “something had to give” when he resigned from the tour’s Policy Board.
The PIP, launched in 2021, was designed to reward gamers who generate essentially the most curiosity within the PGA Tour, with metrics reminiscent of Google searches, information article mentions and social media attain taken into consideration.
McIlroy, who completed second to Woods in 2022, tops the PIP checklist after capturing his fifth DP World Tour Race to Dubai title earlier this month. Woods earns $12m (£9.5m) for ending second.
34-year-old McIlroy was unable to defend his FedEx Cup title on the PGA Tour, nevertheless, ending fourth behind Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele and Wyndham Clark, who additionally denied McIlroy a fifth main title on the US Open in June.
Masters winner Jon Rahm earns $9m (£7.2m) for ending third, with three-time main winner Jordan Spieth and world primary Scottie Scheffler rounding out the highest 5.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood collects $5m (£4m) for ending tied seventh alongside Hovland, Justin Thomas and Max Homa.
Next yr, the Player Impact Programme’s bonus pool can be $50m (£39.9m) between the highest 10 gamers, a change from the $100m (£79.8m) that was awarded to the highest 20 this yr.
Woods, 47, will return to motion this week after seven months out within the Hero World Challenge, an occasion he hosts within the Bahamas, having recovered from ankle surgical procedure.
Woods and McIlroy are additionally fronting a brand new digital golf competitors referred to as TGL, the begin date for which was pushed again one yr to early 2025, after its facility in Florida sustained severe injury after an influence outage.