The Masters isn’t just about the green jacket. While winning is every player’s main focus, payouts for top finishes in the tournament are enough to boost any player’s professional career.
According to Augusta.com, the prize pool for the 2013 Masters totaled $8 million, including paydays of at least $200,000 to the top 10 finishers. Champion Adam Scott departed Augusta with $1.44 million, while Angel Cabrera missed out on nearly $400,000 by falling to his Australian counterpart in a thrilling playoff finish.
Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Marc Leishman all walked away with more than $350,000 in winnings by finishing third and tied for fourth, respectively, and Thorbjorn Olesen, Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar all claimed at least $232,000 in prize money.
While the top 18 players all earned more than $100,000 for their performances, other top stars failed to net such an impressive payday. The top 60 players were all awarded prize money, though the rewards at the bottom of the money list are far less impressive.
Let’s take a look at some of golf’s biggest stars who missed out on top money by failing to secure a higher finish in the 2013 Masters.
*Full list can be found at ESPN.com.
Rory McIlroy: T25th, $56,040
Rory McIlroy’s inconsistency has been maddening this year. Despite a strong start in the first two rounds, the 23-year-old turned in a 79 on Saturday, effectively removing him from contention at the Masters.
Despite a 69 on Sunday, the world’s No. 2 golfer finished tied for 25th in the tournament, earning a pedestrian $56,040. While that may seem like a handsome sum for a weekend of golf, McIlroy netted $669,600 for a second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open and $163,750 for his eighth-place performance at the World Golf Championships.
McIlroy admits that money isn’t a driving force in his professional golf career (especially after signing a lucrative Nike contract this year), but losing out on a big payday had to add to the sting of failing to obtain his first green jacket this year (via James Corrigan of The Daily Telegraph).
Zach Johnson: T35th, $41,200
Zach Johnson was near the top of the leaderboard throughout the weekend, but a final-round 75 dropped him to three over and tied for 35th for the tournament.
Earning more than $40,000 for a golf tournament is nothing to be ashamed of, but the payout could have been much bigger had he avoided the big number on Friday (76) and Sunday.
Still, the 2007 Masters champion has earned a steady living on the PGA Tour this year. With top-35 finishes in six events (one non-tour event), Johnson has already earned $315,130 for the season. Not too shabby for less than four months of golf.
Rickie Folwer: T38th, $32,000
We all hoped it wouldn’t happen, but two double bogeys in Rickie Fowler’s first round were signs of things to come. With a 76 on Friday and a six-over 78 on Sunday, the 24-year-old dropped to a tie for 38th place and a $32,000 payout.
One of the young rising stars of the PGA Tour, Fowler is still working out the inconsistencies in his game. He has the talent to be one of golf’s finest, but he has to learn to avoid the ugly numbers, round in and round out.
Most professional golfers earn a comfortable living via sponsorships and endorsement deals, but tour winnings are a nice bonus. So far this year, Fowler has earned $970,150 in prize money.
Something tells me a green jacket would have meant a lot more than the money to the 24-year-old.
Bubba Watson: T50th, $19,480
Bubba Watson knows all about what it means to win the Masters. His tremendous hook from the trees at No. 10 in his playoff with Louis Oosthuizen last year cemented his victory in stunning fashion, earning Watson one of the most memorable finishes in any Masters.
Augusta wasn’t so kind to the 34-year-old this year. After an opening-round 75, the lengthy lefty settled in with Day 2 and Day 3 scores of 73 and 70 (respectively), but a 77 on Sunday relegated him to a tie for 50th for the tournament.
Watson’s win at Augusta last year solidified his popularity as one of golf’s most likeable characters. Since that victory, Watson has been the face of several advertising campaigns and sponsorships, and he’s obviously putting the money to good use.
If he can afford a Hovercart, he can afford to lose out on a bigger payday at the Masters. Though a second flying golf cart would probably look pretty good next to BW1.
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