Tiger Woods has not competed in any official tournament for over a year but he still beat PGA Tour big hitters Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm to win the inaugural Player Impact Program and its £6million first prize, the US based circuit said on Wednesday.
The concept, which awarded a combined £30million to the top 10 finishers, was implemented in 2021 as a way to reward players who positively ‘move the needle’ and generate the most positive interest in the PGA Tour.
Woods suffered career-threatening leg injuries in a car crash last February and spent a sizeable portion of the year out of the spotlight before competing with his 12-year-old son in an unofficial 36-hole tournament last December.
A month earlier Woods lit up social media when he posted a video of him swinging a club beside a half-full bucket of balls, along with the caption ‘making progress.’
Mickelson, who became golf’s oldest major champion at last year’s PGA Championship and is currently taking a break from the sport amid fallout from comments he made about the Saudi-funded golf league, collected £4.5m as the runner-up.
Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rahm, and Bubba Watson rounded out the list and each received £2.25m