Report:Andrew Johnston blasts ‘mad’ PGA Tour over loyalty bonuses going to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

Andrew Johnston blasts ‘mad’ PGA Tour over loyalty bonuses going to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

Andrew Johnston blasts ‘mad’ PGA Tour over loyalty bonuses going to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston has slammed the PGA Tour for its Player Equity Program and the increasing emphasis on prize money in the professional game, claiming the tour is no different to LIV Golf

Andrew “Beef” Johnston says the increasing focus on money in professional golf is “so damaging” for the sport after the PGA Tour awarded bonuses worth tens of millions of pounds to its top stars.

The tour doled out equity packages to its players last month as it continues its bid to stave off the threat of LIV Golf. Several of the tour’s top stars have been lured away by huge offers from the breakaway league since it launched two years ago, and in its attempts to prevent a further exodus, players were awarded stakes in PGA Tour Enterprises.

The equity awards were decided by “career points”, a metric created by the PGA Tour to take into account players’ results and contributions to the competition over the years. Tiger Woods was the big winner, receiving an equity package worth in the region of £80million.

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