'I Hope They Blow It Up At Some Point' - Homa Gives Thoughts On PIP Results

Safe to say that Max Homa isn't a fan of the Player Impact Program

Homa watches on
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The Player Impact Program results were announced recently and, predictably, the biggest names in the sport made up the majority of the top-10, with Tiger Woods, pocketing a cool $8m bonus in a season in which he did not compete on the PGA Tour.

Phil Mickelson finished second, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau also featuring in the list of players.

Perhaps what stood out on the controversial list were the players who were left off it, with Michael Wolf, President of 288 Sports, stating: “The fact this program only measured impacts with English speaking audiences is both shameful and short sighted. The PGA Tour owes Hideki Matsuyama an apology.” 

Along with Wolf, tour players like Kevin Na and Collin Morikawa also took to Twitter to voice their views, with Na tweeting: “Tiger Woods wins the $8Mil PIP! I’m all for paying @TigerWoods because he made us all richer but he didn’t hit 1 shot in 2021. @PGATOUR how is this possible. Also I thought @PhilMickelson won. Did this result have any effect in the last 2 weeks? Haha." Whilst Morikawa stated: "Woke up to still being #11 on PIP. But if you don’t believe me, too bad because anything after 10th doesn’t matter. Happy (hump) day #Co11in"

Morikawa holds his putter

Morikawa reportedly finished 11th in the PIP

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Now, it seems that another player has expressed their views on the Player Impact Program, with Max Homa hoping that the PGA Tour “blow it up at some point."

Speaking at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 31-year-old had been conversing with recently announced US Ryder Cup Captain, Zach Johnson, about a potential spot on his team in 2023. 

“He told me I'm not going to need a pick, so I'm wasting my breath, but it's a good Plan B," joked Homa. "I have a better chance at that than the PIP.”

Revealing he finished “somewhere in the 20s,” the American was one of the surprising players left off the PIP list, with the PGA Tour fan favourite often using Twitter to share valuable tournament insight, as well as poke fun at his fellow professionals, golf fans and... himself. 

With more than 330,000 followers (over 100,000 more than Jon Rahm) on Twitter, Homa didn't seem surprised by the fact he had been left out of the top-10. “I actually kind of had a feeling I was nowhere near it, but you never know,” said the three-time PGA Tour winner. “It's the most arbitrary 'contest' ever. It's pretty predictable who's going to get at least the top 8; I guess 9 and 10 are tough.”

He went on to add: “Oh no, I don't care. I hope they blow it up at some point, or just hand the money to people. But calling it a contest is kind of – I don't know what else the average guy like me has to do to [crack the top 10]. I'd have to win three majors this year to have a chance.”

Homa holds the trophy

Homa's last win came at the 2021 Fortinet Championship in November 

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According to the PGA Tour, the PIP is based on:

  • Internet Searches: Number of times a player’s name is searched on the internet;
  • Earned Media: Number of unique news articles that include a player’s name;
  • Social Media: Social media score that considers a player’s reach, conversation and engagement metrics;
  • TV Sponsor Exposure: Duration (time) that a player’s sponsor logo(s) appears on screen during Saturday and Sunday PGA TOUR telecasts;
  • Awareness: A player’s general awareness score among broad U.S. population.

Woods and Mickelson wait on the tee

Woods and Mickelson finished first and second in the rankings.

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As well as stating that he doesn't care, Homa also posted a tweet to his Twitter on Friday night. In a video by the PGA Tour, the American can be seen hitting a stunning drive that only gets off the ground by 28-feet.

The caption, which was "stinging tracers", was quote retweeted by Homa, with the 31-year-old writing: "Plz @ me next time so I can finish in the top 20 of the PIP this year thx."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

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