Skip to main content

Golf World Reacts To Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods News

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on the course.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 10th hole while Phil Mickelson gets ready to hit during the final round of the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club on October 25, 2020 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by John McCoy/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Golf legends Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have gone toe-to-toe many times, but the latest 1-2 involving the two stars has the golf world in a small uproar.

On Wednesday, PGA Tour insider Daniel Rapoport reported that Mickelson and Woods came first and second respectfully in the PGA Tour's Player Impact Program. The recently-created program rewards the tour's most popular players based on Google search frequency, social media reach, Nielsen score, global media attention, and Q-score player appeal.

As a reward for winning, Mickelson received $8 million. Woods, for coming in second, takes home $6 million. But to the frustration of many, world No. 2 Collin Morikawa came in 11th and won nothing.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of people complaining about this system and how it worked out. Some people are pointing out that Tiger Woods doesn't deserve the award since he didn't compete in 2021 and barely uses social media:

Others were understandably salty that Morikawa got snubbed the way he did:

Still others simply believe that the PIP is dumb:

2021 couldn't have been more opposite for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Mickelson won his first major in several years, claiming victory in the PGA Championship, while Woods has spent most of the year recovering from the severe car accident.

Fortunately, Woods recovered and was back on the golf course earlier this fall. He might be fit to return to Augusta for the Masters next year.

Will we see Woods and Mickelson compete at any events together next year?