PGA Tour Adds $40M Bonus Pool for 10 Players Who ‘Move the Needle’

The PGA Tour has created a new Player Impact Program, which is a $40 million pool designed for players who “move the needle” regardless of their performance level.
 
A PGA spokesperson told Eamon Lynch of Golfweek the program began Jan. 1, with the player deemed most valuable earning an $8 million bonus. A memo sent to players stated the top 10 finishers will receive a bonus, and the rankings will be determined by the following criteria, via Lynch:
 
– Their position on the season-ending FedEx Cup points list.
 
– Their popularity in Google Search.
 
– Their Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, which places a value on the exposure a player delivers to sponsors through the minutes they are featured on broadcasts.
 
– Their Q Rating, which measures the familiarity and appeal of a player’s brand.
 
– Their MVP Index rating, which calibrates the value of the engagement a player drives across social and digital channels.
 
– Their Meltwater Mentions, or the frequency with which a player generates coverage across a range of media platforms.”
 
 
The new program is designed to help players who prop up golf’s popularity; it will not impact prizes for individual tournaments and is not a salary system similar to other professional sports. Golfers are typically not given any guarantees when they enter an event. Many top Tour stars make the majority of their livings through endorsements.
 
While some mid-level Tour players may push back on the Player Impact Program, all sports cater to their stars. With European soccer in a state of disarray after the formation of the Super League, it’s likely the PGA wants to get ahead of any potential exodus of its top stars.
 

 
 
By Tyler Conway on Bleacher Report

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