Atlanta (AP) — Patrick Cantlay and Harris English expect to receive a $ 40 million bonus from the Player Impact Program, which measures how players interact with their fans with five digital metrics. Not people. The top 10 players will be rewarded.
Cantlay is fourth in the world — because of his golf. He doesn’t know his PIP rating that lasts until the end of the year.
“I don’t think I’m doing very well in that category,” he said.
But he knows what to do with that money.
“If I win any part of the ten, I’ll let you know and I’ll be forced to return all that money to the fans who made it possible,” Cantlay said. “Unless someone like me decides to put me in the top 10 and tries to get some of that PIP’s money myself, I can’t be in the top 10 of the PIP. is. .”
English will be ranked 11th in the world after a big season. He speculated that he would be somewhere in his thirties on the PIP scale. He doesn’t expect holiday bonuses.
“I’m not a lot of self-promoters. I don’t want people to know what I’m doing every day,” he said. “It’s not me. So I can’t force it. I can’t be a fake …. If I’m nearby, it’s okay. Otherwise, I really care I can’t change who I am and I’m not going to force it. “
But their view of the program is different.
English is seen as a good reaction by the PGA Tour to “liven up the game” in various leagues in some of the Saudi-funded overtures.
What about Cantlay? He had previously mentioned PIP because it is related to the attention-seeking movement that provokes the wrong kind of fan behavior.
“I think it’s a bit ridiculous. When I say I have symptoms of a bigger problem, I think that’s exactly what I’m talking about,” he said.
Collin Morikawa had no problem with his back, which first burned in the opening round of the Olympic Games and resurfaced shortly before the playoffs.
He was more annoyed by injuries and developing bad patterns on his swings.
The British Open Champion thinks he’s back to normal and there’s no better timing. Morikawa started the postseason from 1st place, and after a cut mistake in 63rd place and a tie, the FedEx Cup position was 11th.
That means he will start the tour championship seven shots late.
“The pattern I incorporated into my swing when I was injured only created such a bad habit,” he said. “So I was trying to teach myself how to swing like I used to be last week. We work there. I call it 95% back to the original swing. Here and there. There are some small twists that appear in. “
He doesn’t regret going to Tokyo for the Olympics. Morikawa said his mistake was hurt at the World Golf Championships in Memphis, Tennessee the following week. He tied on the 26th of the week, but bad patterns began to take root.
“I know what my swing does, right? I did it for the rest of my life,” he said. “PGA Tour players are very good at repeating something, so when I do something for two weeks, I’ll think,” Oh, that’s my normal thing. ” In fact, that’s not usually the case with me. I was protecting myself from further injuries. “
Have you heard of a bearded player for the playoffs? Dustin Johnson went in the opposite direction prior to the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake. He appeared in the Tour Championship on Wednesday with a clean shave.
And I didn’t really think about it.
“Yesterday I was shaving, and I decided to shave it,” Johnson said.
He did it prior to the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills, but that didn’t work for him. He missed the cut.
This may not last long.
“By Sunday, I will have a beard,” he said.
Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy provided great insights into how golf fans’ experiences differ from other sports, primarily how close the spectators can be. There is a fist bump (before COVID 19) going to the next tee and there is a spectator within a few feet when the shot goes offline.
And yes, there are a lot of nasty comments.
Cantlay has made an interesting relationship with baseball, especially the jersey, as it relates to negative comments from the gallery.
“You are all alone and do not have armor to wear Yankee pinstripes,” he said. “If you’re in the Yankees and people hate you and play in Boston, no armor knows that you can withstand three hours with your right fielder.
“But you just tolerate it because you know you’ll be coming up next week or Friday and going to Yankee Stadium, and no matter what you do, no matter what you fall into your face, You will go If you wear pinstripe armor, people will love you. “