The 2013 U.S. Open came down to the wire, and Justin Rose will be paid a handsome $1.44 million for securing his first major championship victory Sunday.
Rose's victory ended what was an incredible tournament at Merion Golf Club. The course didn't seem to cooperate very much with the players' intentions, and the winner's one-over par score is only proof of that.
But whether he finished below par or not, Sunday's win will be just as sweet for Rose and his big payday doesn't hurt. Rose isn't the only golfer to receive a pretty penny for his performance either.
Let's take a look at the payouts and final purse from the 2013 U.S. Open.
Total Purse: $8 million (information via ESPN)
Rose entered Sunday's final round just two shots off the lead at one-over par, but wasted no time placing himself among the top leaders after shooting one-under through the front nine.
He followed that up with a birdie on holes 12 and 13, and avoided folding through the tough final few holes at Merion to par out the final two holes and put enough distance between himself and Phil Mickelson to ensure victory.
Fate seemed to be turning toward Lefty at the 10th hole, when he holed his second shot from the fairway to pick up an eagle and salvage what had been a round of missed opportunities. It seemed that his 23rd appearance at the U.S. Open was the charm for his first win there, but he wasn't able to make his putts down the stretch.
A handful of golfers were flirting with even par heading into Sunday's final round, but that group became more and more exclusive as the final round went on. As once-contenders like Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker folded early, the select few at the top knew it would be tough to stay there.
Those that did were Rose, Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Jason Day. Each of these golfers had a chance down the stretch, but every one of them, except Rose, struggled to avoid picking up too many bogeys.
Mickelson had one last shot on the 18th hole to tie Rose and force a playoff with a long chip, but it skidded less than a foot to the right of the hole and ensured Rose's first major championship.
The miss would give Lefty his sixth second-place finish at the major, a statistic that has become more and more painful for him.
Jason Dufner won't be happy that he came up short at Merion, but his round of 67 on Sunday moved him into a tie for fourth and turned into a big payday at $291,406. Ernie Els also used a final round 69 to pick up the same amount.
As for the golfers who lost a considerable amount of money with their performance Sunday, look no further than Schwartzel and Stricker.
Both started the day at even par, which would have won the tournament altogether. But Schwartzel's 78 pushed him out of the top 10, and Stricker's 76 made him an afterthought early on.
Despite their struggles, Stricker finished with $210,006 and Schwartzel made $144,444.
Though, despite the big winners and losers, Rose is the talk of Merion after the U.S. Open, and his big payday reflects that. While nothing can compare to the sentimental value of winning a major championship, a hefty check doesn't make you feel any worse.
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