Masters 2013 Payout: Analyzing Top Earners' Strengths and Weaknesses
The 2013 Masters highlighted some of the strengths and weaknesses of the best golfers in the world.
While some golfers played below or above their abilities in certain categories at Augusta, for the most part what you saw was what you got.
Just as it's hard to hide your weaknesses at the Masters, Augusta can also be a showcase of some of the top golfers' abilities.
Here's a look at the final payout for the 2013 Masters, complete with a breakdown of the top three finishers (payout via ESPN).
|T6||Brandt Snedeker ||-4||$278,000|
3. Jason Day ($544,000)
Strengths: Driving Distance, Putting, Sand-Save Percentage
Jason Day ranks third in sand-save percentage and 41st in putting (strokes gained) on the PGA Tour this year, via PGATour.com.
That was evident at the Masters, where he ranked 10th in putting per hole and tied for seventh in sand-save percentage, via Masters.com.
While Day didn't rank very well in driving distance at Augusta, it's worth noting that he ranks 20th on tour this year.
Weaknesses: Driving Accuracy, GIR
Day ranks 151st in driving accuracy and 129th in greens-in-regulation percentage this year. He ranked 183rd and 167th respectively in those categories last year.
The Australian wasn't much better at the Masters, barely exceeding the field average in the two categories.
2. Angel Cabrera ($864,000)
Strengths: Driving Distance, GIR, Birdies
Angel Cabrera ranked in the top 10 in greens-in-regulation percentage and birdies at the 2013 Masters, which is not surprising considering he ranks 47th and 39th respectively in those two categories this year.
While Cabrera didn't rank near the top of the field in driving distance at the Masters, but he does rank 40th on tour in that category this year.
Weaknesses: Driving Accuracy, Putting
Cabrera has historically struggled with his driving accuracy and putting. He ranks 119th and 118th respectively in those two categories this year.
Cabrera ranked worse than the field average in both categories at Augusta this year.
1. Adam Scott ($1,440,000)
Strengths: Driving Distance, Birdies
Adam Scott, like Cabrera and Day, generally has great length off the tee (10th on tour in driving distance this year), but like Cabrera and Day, he decided to maneuver around Augusta this year instead of blow through it. Judging by the results, you cannot argue with each player's strategy.
The 2013 Masters champion, who ranks 22nd this year in birdies per round, also notched a respectable 15 birdies at Augusta.
Also, while I wouldn't call putting a clear strength for Scott yet, he has certainly gotten much better in that regard, evidenced by the two clutch putts he made down the stretch at the Masters.
Weaknesses: Driving Accuracy
Scott, like Cabrera, has historically struggled hitting the fairways. He ranks 154th in driving accuracy this year, and he ranked below the field average in the category at the Masters.
Scott may never be spectacular in terms of driving accuracy, but the improvement in the Aussie's putting makes him a golfer to watch moving forward.
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