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Former PGA Tour PAC Chairman on Phil Mickelson’s PIP Win: ‘As Far as I Know, Phil Did Win That Night. I Don’t Think It Went in a Landslide’

Published 01/04/2022, 8:20 AM EST

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Phil Mickelson is the winner of the controversial PIP Fund. He announced this news on Twitter and said he has won $8 million. Moreover, according to few reports, Tiger Woods finished 2nd and just behind Phil. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour did not announce or disclose the winners or rankings as they had already clarified that they will not disclose the winners. 

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PIP Fund is a players impact program fund which the PGA Tour started in 2021. In this program, PGA Tour distributes $40 million among the top 10 players who bring in popularity through social media, google searches, etc.

The PGA Tour refused to disclose the names of the winner. Hence, a few people have doubts regarding the authenticity of the result.


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Former PAC Chairman Charley Hoffman believes Phil Mickelson has won the PIP Fund

The former player’s advisory council chairman Charley Hoffman has clarified the doubts regarding Phil Mickelson’s claim of winning the PIP Fund. “As far as I think, there’s some backup stuff and analytics and the formula,” said Charley. “I mean, it is a complex formula, all different categories from TV to social media to Google searches.” 

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“I assume there’s an auditing firm, auditing all those numbers that are through the internet and the cloud and all that other stuff to make sure everything’s right. The last thing we want to do is reward Phil Mickelson with the 8 million and then in three or two months from now go, Oh, we got it wrong, and actually Tiger’s won it. That wouldn’t look good.” 


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Charley believes PGA Tour is staying quiet this year and crosscheck every winner. He says, according to him, Phil has won the PIP Fund this year. “But as far as I know, Phil did win that night. I don’t think it went in a landslide, but I don’t think there’s anything that could take it away from him.” 


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Meanwhile, the PGA Tour has increased the PIP Fund from $40 million to $50 million this year. Hence, the winner of 2022 PIP will receive a huge amount. Hopefully, at least this year, the PGA Tour will disclose the names of the winner. 

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Amey Kulkarni


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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.
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