It is tough for less than elite players to flirt with winning a major championship only to come up short, but the sizable payday makes for a nice consolation prize.
The Masters not only offers the most prestigious title a golfer can win, but also one of the biggest purses on the tour—$8 million was paid out to competitors this year.
As the winner, Bubba Watson rightfully got the biggest portion of the winnings at just over $1.4 million, but there were still plenty of others that have six figure numbers on oversized checks that are ready to be cashed.
Peter Hanson, T3, $284,000
For Hanson, the cash is truly a consolation prize. He held the lead after three rounds, but fired a one-over par 73 on Sunday to finish tied for third.
Hanson has been playing solid golf and has put together a fine career. However, he has never been considered a legitimate threat to win a major. In fact, the Masters was just the fourth major he has played in.
His Sunday problems aside, Hanson played a fine tournament and gets a nice payday. The $284,000 pushes the 34-year-old's career earnings over $12 million.
Kevin Na, T12, $184,000
Na is one of the hardest working players on the tour. The 28-year-old turned pro in 2001. He was just 17 when he turned pro. In those 11 years he has played in 222 events.
While he has just one win and three seconds to show for continuous play, he also has over $12 million in career earnings.
Na greatly increased the size of his Masters check by firing a 68 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard.
Bo Van Pelt, T17, $128,000
Van Pelt fired a tournament-low round of 64 on Sunday. This was too little too late to get Van Pelt in serious contention. He finished just one-under par—nine shots off the lead.
However, it did earn him lots of extra cash. The 35-year-old Van Pelt turned pro in 1998 and has appeared in 302 events in that time.
He has won just one event in that time, but he is now just under $16 million in career earnings.
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