Phil Mickelson Delivers Perfect Response to Fan Claiming Tiger Woods Deserved to Win $40M Pip

Published 12/30/2021, 2:59 PM EST
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)


Phil Mickelson, after his brilliant 2021 on the PGA Tour, won the Player Impact Program (PIP) set up for this year. It is a new initiative by the tour for players to attract more players to the tour, for a total pool of $40 million. Notably, Mickelson, at 51, seems to be doing exactly that.

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Of course, legend Tiger Woods remains in the race, finishing second to Mickelson. Just like when they were younger, their fans remain slightly at odds, continuing to comment and debate on Twitter.

To no surprise, Phil Mickelson was his own witty self, causing banter.

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Phil Mickelson replies to Tiger Woods fan on Twitter

Before any official announcement, Mickelson broke the news of winning the PIP himself. As per reports, he takes home $8 million, while Woods will win $6 million.

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Woods’ fans replied under Mickelson’s tweet, claiming that the 15-time major winner should have won instead. “@PhilMickelson doubt either really cares, and Phil’s awesome, but whatever metrics they use for this have to be off,” wrote the fan. “Tiger tweets a video of a 7 iron swing and the world falls apart.” 

Mickelson, who won a major earlier this year, had the perfect response ready. “Yes, but did he win the PGA?” he said.

Phil Mickelson watches his approach shot on the 13th fairway during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) AP

Notably, Woods last won a major in 2019 (The Masters), while Mickelson won the PGA Championship in 2021, becoming the oldest player to do so.

Mickelson celebrates winning the PIP

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“I’d like to thank all the crazies (and real supporters too) for,” he wrote. “Helping me win the PiP!!.” 

For the money, the 51-year-old will now have to play the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua for the first time in over two decades. “See you in Kapalua P.S. I’ll try and find another hot controversial topic soon,” he concluded.

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With his PGA Championship win, Mickelson managed to capture the spotlight this year. The veteran also won a majority of the Champions Tour events he played.

Do you think Woods should have won the PIP? Let us know in the comments below.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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