A finish on the leaderboard of a major provides big bucks, but that isn't enough for some golfers. These competitive sorts have their eyes set on one thing: winning.
The three men in this article walked away from the Masters without a green jacket, but they all have wins in their future, and they will work their way up the money list as a result.
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Ryan Moore has been fairly terrible this year, and he is 61st on the money list.
He finished 38th at the Masters, which is actually an improvement on what he's been doing this year. He missed the cut in his two tournaments leading up to the Masters, and he finished 53rd in the WGC-Cadillac Championship before that.
There is nothing about this that screams success for Moore in the future. However, let's look at Moore's Masters more closely. He was four over. Take away his 81 on Saturday, and he is five under.
What impressed me most about this is that after his 81, he fired his best round of the tournament with a 68 on Sunday.
This will be the boost that the talented Moore needs to start the path toward fulfilling some of his potential.
Jim Furyk is as consistent a player as we can find on the PGA Tour, and he's been consistent again this year. He tied for 25th at the Masters, and he will find even more success going forward.
He is currently 34th on the money list, and I expect him to make a charge towards the 12th ranking he finished with last year.
Last year, Furyk had eight of his top-10 finishes after the Masters.
Furyk is way off his pace in strokes gained-putting from last year, but he has more than proven himself with the flat iron over the course of his career, and he will pick it up on the greens against this year. The results will follow.
One of the big takeaways from this year's Masters is the stunning ability of 23-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen.
He wound up in sixth place at four under despite shooting a 78 in the first round as he stalled out in his first tournament round around Augusta.
Olesen has the game to contend on any course. He is 23rd in driving accuracy and 26th in distance.
While he is short on tournament experience, he is proving he can handle the pressure. He picked up a win on the European Tour last year, and he has a ninth-place finish in last year's British Open to go with his impressive Masters' showing.
As the Golf Channel informs us, with $485,700 in earnings this year, Olesen now has temporary membership on the PGA, and he is going to continue to rocket up the money list.
Olesen was forced to withdraw from the Houston Open with whiplash, but other than that, his last Tour stop prior to the Masters was a seventh-place finish at Bay Hill.
This youngster is headed toward a long and profitable career on tour.