Masters 2013 Payout: Players Who Benefited Most from Strong Showing at Augusta
The 2013 Masters Tournament sports a large purse as one of golf's marquee events, and Adam Scott took home $1.44 million with the winner's check.
While Scott definitely lifted a weight by notching his first major victory, there were several other players whose respective payouts gave them some added security and perks. Two of them won top rookie honors in their first seasons on the PGA Tour, and the other is one of the game's premier rising stars.
Below is a list of the top payouts, as well as a breakdown of the three golfers whose prospects are significantly looking up due to fine form at Augusta National Golf Club.
For a complete list of payouts, visit ESPN.com.
Marc Leishman ($352,000)
Credit the Aussie for hanging tough after commencing his second Masters with a 66 and a share of the lead.
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Leishman had never even gotten a taste of major contention before this past week, yet he managed to stay mostly steady until a fateful approach to the par-five 15th hole on Sunday. His second shot found the water, and drowned his chances of being the first from his country to take home the green jacket.
This is still undoubtedly a huge breakthrough for the Tour's top rookie in 2009—even without the ultimate prize. He had missed four of seven cuts coming in, and had just one Top 10 all season long.
What was perhaps most impressive about Leishman's showing were the multitude of ticklish par putts he holed to keep his rounds going over the final three days. Plenty of other inexperienced predecessors have faltered in such a spot, but Leishman time and again poured it in.
The finish at Augusta vaulted him from No. 104 to 68th in the Official World Golf Ranking. This supplies Leishman with plenty of momentum moving forward, and the long hitter should continue to be a factor at tough venues.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($278,000)
If not for such a troublesome beginning in his debut down Magnolia Lane, the story could easily have been Olesen breaking through for his first major and green jacket.
The precocious Dane has an extraordinary amount of talent, already capable of hitting it as long as anyone while also flashing beautiful iron play. Putting is his biggest fault, and it took a while for Olesen to adjust to the surfaces at Augusta.
However, the performance he put on after an opening 78 was nothing short of remarkable. Olesen lamented about the lackluster start, but was pleased with how he played overall—and he should be:
For the week, Olesen tallied 21 birdies and an eagle and closed out by playing the final 54 holes in 10 under. That would have been good enough to win had it not been for his stumble out of the gates.
It's difficult to fault Olesen for struggling initially, though. Whiplash from a car accident forced him to withdraw from the Shell Houston Open, and this past Thursday was his first competitive round since.
Combine that with the pressure that the year's maiden major brings, and it's fantastic that he was able to hold up so well—and indicative of how much of a star he has the potential to be.
It will be interesting to see what Olesen does with the temporary PGA Tour membership he picked up from his joint six-place finish, per Golf Channel. One thing is for sure: He will be among the names to watch at the next three major championships, and this result gives him time to recover more if necessary.
John Huh ($192,000)
The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year had a disastrous start to his 2013 campaign, which carried over from a disappointing finish to last season.
It's been nearly 11 months since Huh's last Top 10, which came in the form of a tie for fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Since then, it's been difficult for the promising 23-year-old to get on track.
Huh made his Masters debut in style, though. Experience is such an asset at Augusta National, but Huh played the part of seasoned veteran. Excluding a second-round 77, he played the other three days in seven-under par.
Six of his 13 birdies and an eagle came in the final round, which also unfortunately included two bogeys and a double at the difficult No. 11.
Even though Huh found himself just outside of the Top 10 once again, it was a welcome return to form for one of the United States' most talented youngsters.
Augusta.com's Scott Michaux highlighted another fantastic development for Huh:
John Huh can't finish worse than 12th. Welcome back to the 2014 Masters.— Scott Michaux (@ScottMichaux) April 14, 2013
No matter how Huh fares for the remainder of his mostly troublesome season, he will definitely be back for at least one major in 2014. Perhaps this is just the spark he needs to get his game consistently headed back in the right direction, too.
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