Masters Payout 2013: Who's Cashing in Big at Augusta?
Australia finally has a native son with a green jacket, and he will be going home a rich man after winning the 2013 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
That man is Adam Scott, who will take home the biggest portion of the $8 million purse on Sunday afternoon after completing an epic two-hole playoff with 2009 Masters winner Angel Cabrera.
The two men went at it in the playoff, hitting identical shots over the first six strokes of No. 18 and No. 10 at Augusta. After Cabrera left his putt high after a brilliant approach, Scott cupped the winner from about 10 feet out and will finally erase Australia from the list of countries that does not have a Masters win.
One of the biggest questions on everyone's minds, though, is how much each golfer will be pocketing for his efforts.
The payouts are scheduled to be the same as the 2012 Masters, where Bubba Watson took home the top prize. While winning the tournament is the biggest kick, there's some major money to be made by just finishing near the Top 10.
To see which golfers were the biggest winners on Sunday after their performance at Augusta, check out the following blurbs below on the various amounts that will be handed out by the tournament committee, preferably in "big check" fashion.
2013 Masters Payout List
Big Winners from Augusta
Jason Day — 3rd place, $544,000
It was quite a week at Augusta for Jason Day.
After taking a share of the lead into Saturday morning's round, Day was right there with countryman Scott in the final three holes, but faltered on No. 17 with a bogey and couldn't recover with a birdie on No. 18 to make things tough on Scott or Cabrera.
Even so, he takes home a fat check this weekend.
Day came in at No. 21 on the PGA Tour money list and has a chance to move into the Top 10 after this big finish (depending on the rest of the field). This was his 10th appearance in a major championship and he ended up with his fourth Top 10 finish—his second Top 5 mark at Augusta.
Day is a golfer on the rise in the PGA ranks, and this performance helps cement that fact.
The six-figure payout will, too.
Angel Cabrera — 2nd place, $864,000
What's not to like about Angel Cabrera's performance on Sunday?
After a slow start to his final pairing with Brandt Snedeker, Cabrera came on down the stretch, hitting his best shot of the tournament (an absolutely ridiculous approach on No. 18) when trailing Scott by a stroke and needing a birdie to send the match into a playoff.
That's exactly what happened, as Cabrera stayed alive with a birdie on the final hole.
Exiled from the top 200 of the World Golf Rankings just four years after he won this event, Cabrera wasn't given much of a chance before Sunday. You wouldn't have given him a chance either after noticing that he was 135th on the money list before this weekend.
With a six-figure check just a few digits shy of one million, Cabrera will more than quadruple his current 2013 earnings and likely move up a few hundred spots on the rankings in the process. It's time we started to learn an important lesson about his game at age 43—he's in contention coming into a major.
Thorbjorn Olesen — T-6th place, $278,000
The young Dane played his best golf on Sunday, and he'll head home with a six-figure payday because of it.
No. 86 on the PGA money list heading into the day, Olesen will certainly take a few steps up on the ladder after this performance, and he should be proud of how he played to make a late run at the green jacket.
At one point, he had three consecutive birdies on the back nine (13, 14, 15) and looked to be in place to at least push his score up to six or seven-under before the day was over.
A bogey on 18 squashed those dreams, but Olesen still finished at four-under on the day and for the tournament—a quality mark just one stroke behind Tiger Woods and Marc Leishman. He's a young golfer, but he took a big leap forward both financially and as a pro on Sunday.
Adam Scott — Winner, $1,440,000
The Aussie emerged from his fellow countrymen (Day, Leishman) to capture the green jacket, and there's nothing sweeter in sports than seeing a new champion try on his blazer for the first time after a Masters win.
The paycheck isn't bad, either.
Any time you can take home a seven-figure payday is quite special, and doing so with the weight of one's country made this an even more impressive performance from the first-time major championship winner.
After missing close putts all day, Scott made two of the biggest putts of his life at the end of the day. Taking advice from caddy Steve Williams (Woods' old caddy) on No. 18 and No. 10, Scott nailed two fairly long putts to prove he was worthy of the jacket and a place in Masters history.
It was a great finish in Augusta.
It was also a great finish for the guys that take home big money in this tournament and a special moment for Australians everywhere.
What a way to finish a tournament that is truly unlike any other.
*For a complete look at the final Masters leaderboard, check out PGATour.com.
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