British Open Payout 2013: Golfers Who'll Enjoy Bigger Payday at Next Major

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJuly 22, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Matt Kuchar of the United States hits a drive ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 16, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Phil Mickelson will be taking an over-sized check worth a tidy $1.43 million to his bank after capturing his first British Open title. 

Obviously, he will not be on the below list. Well, technically I suppose I could include him. Rory McIlroy made $1.445 million last year by winning the PGA Championship. However, I'm going to focus a little more on golfers with a chance to make a more drastic improvement, and Mickelson belongs nowhere near that group. 

With a five-under 66 on Sunday, Lefty moved to three under and won by three strokes. It was a final round for the ages, which not only led to Mickelson notching his fifth major and first British Open title, but adding a bucket's worth of cash for his four days of work. 

Mickelson's cash haul is nearly double the $823,167 that second-place finisher Henrik Stenson earned. 

So, with the year's third major a thing of the past, it is time to set our sights to the Oak Hill Country Club, located in the Town of Pittsford, New York, for the PGA Championship beginning on August 8. 

Check out the final leaderboard and the payouts, and then I'll take a closer look at three golfers who will close out the major season with a better showing. 

2013 Open Championship Prize Money

1Phil Mickelson-369747266$1,442,826
2Henrik StensonE70707470$832,106
T3Ian Poulter+172717567$428,776
T3Adam Scott+171727072$428,776
T3Lee Westwood+172687075$428,776
T6Hideki Matsuyama+271737270$249,377
T6Zach Johnson+266757372$249,377
T6Tiger Woods+269717274$249,377
T9Francesco Molinari+369747272$175,582
T9Hunter Mahan+372726875$175,582
T11Brandt Snedeker+468796972$142,756
T11Angel Cabrera+469727374$142,756
T13Justin Leonard+574707471$121,381
T13Miguel Jimenez+568717773$121,381
T15Eduardo De La Riva+673737569$95,043
T15Harris English+674717570$95,043
T15Charl Schwartzel+675687671$95,043
T15Danny Willett+675727271$95,043
T15Matt Kuchar+674737271$95,043
T15Keegan Bradley+675747071$95,043
T21Stephen Gallacher+776707669$72,218
T21Darren Clarke+772717672$72,218
T21Richard Sterne+775756873$72,218
T21Rafael Cabrera Bello+767747674$72,218
T21Sergio Garcia+775736875$72,218
T26Jason Dufner+872777667$56,873
T26Stewart Cink+872757669$56,873
T26Jonas Blixt+872787369$56,873
T26Steven Tiley+872757372$56,873
T26Paul Lawrie+881697072$56,873
T26Ernie Els+874747074$56,873
T32Oliver Fisher+970787768$39,251
T32Shane Lowry+974747570$39,251
T32Fred Couples+975747371$39,251
T32Y.E. Yang+978707372$39,251
T32Thongchai Jaidee+979717172$39,251
T32Bubba Watson+970737773$39,251
T32Bud Cauley+974757173$39,251
T32Martin Kaymer+972747275$39,251
T32Dustin Johnson+968727677$39,251
T32Jason Day+973717277$39,251
T32Jamie Donaldson+974717177$39,251
T32Ryan Moore+972707279$39,251
T44Bo Van Pelt+1076737768$24,641
T44Tim Clark+1072767670$24,641
T44Martin Laird+1070718172$24,641
T44Freddie Jacobson+1072757572$24,641
T44Geoff Ogilvy+1075757272$24,641
T44Mark Brown+1077737272$24,641
T44K.J. Choi+1076747173$24,641
T44Jordan Spieth+1069747675$24,641
T44Shingo Katayama+1073776975$24,641
T44Matthew Fitzpatrick+1073767372$0
T54Padraig Harrington+1173757770$20,955
T54Marcus Fraser+1173747672$20,955
T54Gonzalo Fdez-Castano+1170797373$20,955
T54Carl Pettersson+1174767075$20,955
T58Mark O'Meara+1267787774$20,077
T58Richie Ramsay+1276747274$20,077
T58Boo Weekley+1274767175$20,077
T58Tom Lehman+1268777576$20,077
T58Graeme McDowell+1275717377$20,077
T58Johnson Wagner+1273727378$20,077
T64Ben Curtis+1374718072$19,085
T64Chris Wood+1375757572$19,085
T64Branden Grace+1374717775$19,085
T64Webb Simpson+1373707777$19,085
T64Bernd Wiesberger+1371747577$19,085
T64Ken Duke+1370777377$19,085
T64Gregory Bourdy+1376707477$19,085
T71Gareth Wright+1471787574$18,398
T71George Coetzee+1476717576$18,398
T73Shiv Kapur+1568778371$17,864
T73Kyung-tae Kim+1573767773$17,864
T73Russell Henley+1578717575$17,864
T73Todd Hamilton+1569817079$17,864
T73Thomas Bjorn+1573747280$17,864
T73Jimmy Mullen+1571787575$0
T79Kevin Streelman+1674718273$17,253
T79Mikko Ilonen+1672787674$17,253
T79Peter Senior+1674767377$17,253
82Josh Teater+1772777577$16,947
83Graham Delaet+1976727679$16,795
84Sandy Lyle+2376728079$16,642

Matt Kuchar, $95,043

Matt Kuchar got off to a slow start in this tournament by firing a 74 and 73. However, his trend of one-stroke improvement continued. He finished off with weekend scores of 72 and 71 to wind up tied for 15th.

Kuchar was undoubtedly hoping for a better finish, but his strong close was a great sign.

Heading into the U.S. Open, Kuchar was on fire. He was fresh off a victory in the Memorial and he was second in his previous start.

Then he was a lackluster 28th at the U.S. Open and played poorly in a European stop in his only start between the majors.

I expect Kuchar to get back to his excellent consistency to close the year, and he is my early pick to win the PGA Championship.

Bubba Watson, $39,251

Were it not for a third-round 77, Bubba Watson would have been in line for a bigger payday. However, that one bad round is not overly shocking. The 2013 Masters champ has had a hard time putting together four solid rounds all year.

He doesn't have a top-three finish yet this year, and only three top 10s.

However, he is beginning to turn the corner. A month ago, his fourth-place finish at the Travelers Championship was his best since his fourth in his first start of the year. He posted four rounds in the 60s to finish tied for 30th at Greenbrier in his only start between majors. 

Watson has been solid with his putter in this stretch, and that continued with him needing 1.78 putts while hitting 62.5 percent of his greens in regulation at Muirfield.

And his power certainly isn't suffering: 

Watson is a streaky player. He's been coasting a bit this season, but I see him finding the zone just in time for the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy, $0 

I'm not really going out on a limb on this one. All Rory McIlroy will have to do at the PGA Championship to make more money than he did at the British is make the cut. 

Well, maybe I am going out on a limb?

McIlroy was awful in his two rounds. He wasn't even close to the cut, which was at eight over. After rounds of 79 and 75, McIlroy finished at 12 over.

This tweet by by Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins sums up his play:

There is little sign that the former No. 1 is about to turn his game around, but he is too talented not to.

According to McIlroy, it is all in his head:

While a mental block in golf is nothing to be taken lightly, it is easier to overcome when someone has as much natural talent as McIlroy. 

I'm not going to predict McIlroy will contend for the title at Oak Hill, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did, and he'll definitely play better than he did this week.


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