PGA Championship Purse 2012: Golfers Who Struck Gold with Stellar Final Round

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 13, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 12:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 12, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The final day of play at Kiawah Island wasn't too kind to the likes of Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, but it really paid off for a lucky few that found themselves at (or near) the top of the leaderboard.

All too often, we see names that we aren't familiar with rise to an early lead in major championships. This year's PGA Championship wasn't any different in that regard, but some of those names stuck around Sunday and finished with a big payday.

But it's not about how you start. It's how you finish in these majors, when so much money is on the line and the massive, $8 million purse is laid out extensively prior to play. 

Here's a look at the full purse, according to Golfweek

Here's a look at three golfers who struck gold with their play in the final round, and subsequently filled their wallets up with dough following the 2012 PGA Championship.

David Lynn - Second Place, $865,000

After two rounds of play, England golfer David Lynn was lucky just to make the cut. 

After four rounds, he'll leave South Carolina with almost a million dollars. 

Lynn captivated by shooting a score of 68 on each of his final two rounds, and finished at five-under. He seemingly came out of nowhere on a leaderboard that was full of big names.

Though he may be an unfamiliar name to American golf fans, Lynn made a late surge and showed his clutch gene at Kiawah Island this weekend. When so many golfers were bothered by adverse conditions later in the tournament, he put up his best game.

Did I mention it was his first PGA Championship appearance? What a first impression he had on the PGA Tour's marquee event. 

Justin Rose, Tied for Third Place, $384,500

South African Justin Rose has been coming on this season, and he made a big step toward future success with his final-round play on Sunday.

Rose was two strokes over par heading into the final round, but he dazzled with a six-under score of 66 that was the second-lowest score of the day. 

He holed five birdies on the front nine and three on the back nine for eight total on the day. 

Since Rose was due to make less than $40,000 before his final round, it's no secret that Rose is ecstatic to take home a check of nearly $400,000. 

Had he not bogeyed the 71st hole to round out the tournament, he'd be looking at an enormous payday—like the one he actually got wasn't enormous enough.

Rory McIlroy, First Place, $1,445,000

With all due respect to the valiant efforts of these other players who all had stellar days, there was only one golfer worth paying close attention to on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy quickly hushed the doubters who noticed his weak season with a brilliant week of golf at Kiawah Island, blazing a trail through the PGA Championship in a way that's never been done before.

He finished with the total score of 13-under par and an eight-stroke victory that was the largest margin of victory ever in the event. He had it all but locked up with more than five holes to go and could've put on the breaks.

Instead, he got three more birdies in a bogey-less round that will go down as one of the best ever in a major championship. His birdie on the 72nd hole was the exclamation point on an unforgettable weekend.

Perhaps he needs another exclamation point at the end of this number: $1,445,000. 

Steven Cook is a TNT breaking news writer and Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter to keep up with fresh analysis, golf news and everything else in the world of sports.