The PGA Tour has sought finally to kill off golf’s own 'Super League' plan once and for all, by handing over millions of dollars in bonuses to the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy that are not reliant on their performances inside the ropes. The US circuit - which last year took a stake in the European Tour in response to the threat of the Premier Golf League - has put aside a yearly pot of $40m-plus (£28m-plus) to reward the players who in the Tour’s words “positively move the needle”. The Player Impact Program, which began on Jan 1, will feature 10 recipients in all, with the golfer topping the “Impact Score” list receiving $8m (£5.7m). GolfWeek, the American magazine, has seen the Tour document circulated to the pros and reports that there will be at least six metrics used in the standings. These include: the player’s position on the season-ending FedEx Cup points list, his popularity in Google Search and a number of rating measurements judging the minutes he appears on broadcasts, the appeal of their “brand”, their social media presence and the amount of coverage on media platforms. The ratings, which can apparently distinguish between the positive and negative coverage a player generates, have weird and wacky names such as “Nielsen Brand Exposure", "MVP Index" and “Meltwater Mentions. They have already taken their place alongside more traditional stats such as “driving average”, “greens hit in regulation” and “putts per round”. The Tour document highlights how the Impact Scores would have worked out in 2019. Tiger Woods, who won the Masters that year, predictably topped the list, with Rory McIlroy in second and Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler completing the top five. England’s Justin Rose, who spent time as world No 1 in ’19, was ninth on that list.