Tiger Woods strikes again. Although he has not played for over a year, he is still the most influential player in world golf. Basically a golf influencer. Influential is the right term. Tiger won first place in the Player Impact Program, a mechanism devised by the PGA Tour to reward those who have the greatest ability to engage fans through social networks and media.
It is a sum of forty million dollars that the top world circuit had put on the plate some time ago to dissuade the big names from the big leap towards the Super League of golf. The PIP is a system with a few bugs (typing Tiger Woods is simpler than Bryson DeChambeau) but all in all it seems to have hit the mark.
Tiger Woods, situation
Tiger Woods takes home eight million dollars. He is number one in 2021, beating Phil Mickelson once again. Lefty, left behind by several sponsors after the recent media shootings, puts six million dollars in his pocket.
Started in January 2021, the Player Impact Program saw Rory McIlroy (3.5 million dollars for him), fourth Jordan Spieth (3.5 million) and fifth Bryson DeChambeau (3.5 million). In the top 10 of 2021 influencers also Justin Thomas (3.5 million), Dustin Johnson (3 million).
Then Brooks Koepka (3 million), Jon Rahm (world number 1, 3) and Bubba Watson (10th, 3). The certified criteria for the distribution of the Player Impact Program range from the number of searches on Google, to the number of articles containing the name of the professional.
And again: from the social engagement of each player to the minutes in which the sponsor’s logo appeared on TV in the matches on Saturday and Sunday. In 2022, the Player Impact Program prize pool will rise to $ 50 million.
He is among the most successful sportsmen ever, as well as one of the richest in the world. When it comes to firsts Tiger Woods is always present: 15 majors won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of this sport.
Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world ranking for 683 weeks (of which 281 consecutive) and above all because in 2014 he became the first sportsman in the world to have broken the billion dollar barrier.
Astronomical figure that also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairytale boat. And obviously we are talking about something that has cost a lot. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.
48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins capable of accommodating a total of ten people, she also boasts four quarters for nine crew members.
Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even if everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, he also has a gym on board where the golfer keeps training. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during the tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also features an elevator for three people, a huge Jacuzzi, large enough to accommodate eight people, and the inevitable cinema room and corner bar. The extra something for this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted to be dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of a decompression chamber (inflatable) and an area dedicated to filling oxygen cylinders.
The luxuries are also completed by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all of this has a price: Privacy cost 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.