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

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

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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

POS PLAYER TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 EARNINGS
1 Phil Mickelson -3 69 74 72 66 $1,442,826
2 Henrik Stenson E 70 70 74 70 $832,106
T3 Ian Poulter +1 72 71 75 67 $428,776
T3 Adam Scott +1 71 72 70 72 $428,776
T3 Lee Westwood +1 72 68 70 75 $428,776
T6 Hideki Matsuyama +2 71 73 72 70 $249,377
T6 Zach Johnson +2 66 75 73 72 $249,377
T6 Tiger Woods +2 69 71 72 74 $249,377
T9 Francesco Molinari +3 69 74 72 72 $175,582
T9 Hunter Mahan +3 72 72 68 75 $175,582
T11 Brandt Snedeker +4 68 79 69 72 $142,756
T11 Angel Cabrera +4 69 72 73 74 $142,756
T13 Justin Leonard +5 74 70 74 71 $121,381
T13 Miguel Jimenez +5 68 71 77 73 $121,381
T15 Eduardo De La Riva +6 73 73 75 69 $95,043
T15 Harris English +6 74 71 75 70 $95,043
T15 Charl Schwartzel +6 75 68 76 71 $95,043
T15 Danny Willett +6 75 72 72 71 $95,043
T15 Matt Kuchar +6 74 73 72 71 $95,043
T15 Keegan Bradley +6 75 74 70 71 $95,043
T21 Stephen Gallacher +7 76 70 76 69 $72,218
T21 Darren Clarke +7 72 71 76 72 $72,218
T21 Richard Sterne +7 75 75 68 73 $72,218
T21 Rafael Cabrera Bello +7 67 74 76 74 $72,218
T21 Sergio Garcia +7 75 73 68 75 $72,218
T26 Jason Dufner +8 72 77 76 67 $56,873
T26 Stewart Cink +8 72 75 76 69 $56,873
T26 Jonas Blixt +8 72 78 73 69 $56,873
T26 Steven Tiley +8 72 75 73 72 $56,873
T26 Paul Lawrie +8 81 69 70 72 $56,873
T26 Ernie Els +8 74 74 70 74 $56,873
T32 Oliver Fisher +9 70 78 77 68 $39,251
T32 Shane Lowry +9 74 74 75 70 $39,251
T32 Fred Couples +9 75 74 73 71 $39,251
T32 Y.E. Yang +9 78 70 73 72 $39,251
T32 Thongchai Jaidee +9 79 71 71 72 $39,251
T32 Bubba Watson +9 70 73 77 73 $39,251
T32 Bud Cauley +9 74 75 71 73 $39,251
T32 Martin Kaymer +9 72 74 72 75 $39,251
T32 Dustin Johnson +9 68 72 76 77 $39,251
T32 Jason Day +9 73 71 72 77 $39,251
T32 Jamie Donaldson +9 74 71 71 77 $39,251
T32 Ryan Moore +9 72 70 72 79 $39,251
T44 Bo Van Pelt +10 76 73 77 68 $24,641
T44 Tim Clark +10 72 76 76 70 $24,641
T44 Martin Laird +10 70 71 81 72 $24,641
T44 Freddie Jacobson +10 72 75 75 72 $24,641
T44 Geoff Ogilvy +10 75 75 72 72 $24,641
T44 Mark Brown +10 77 73 72 72 $24,641
T44 K.J. Choi +10 76 74 71 73 $24,641
T44 Jordan Spieth +10 69 74 76 75 $24,641
T44 Shingo Katayama +10 73 77 69 75 $24,641
T44 Matthew Fitzpatrick +10 73 76 73 72 $0
T54 Padraig Harrington +11 73 75 77 70 $20,955
T54 Marcus Fraser +11 73 74 76 72 $20,955
T54 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano +11 70 79 73 73 $20,955
T54 Carl Pettersson +11 74 76 70 75 $20,955
T58 Mark O'Meara +12 67 78 77 74 $20,077
T58 Richie Ramsay +12 76 74 72 74 $20,077
T58 Boo Weekley +12 74 76 71 75 $20,077
T58 Tom Lehman +12 68 77 75 76 $20,077
T58 Graeme McDowell +12 75 71 73 77 $20,077
T58 Johnson Wagner +12 73 72 73 78 $20,077
T64 Ben Curtis +13 74 71 80 72 $19,085
T64 Chris Wood +13 75 75 75 72 $19,085
T64 Branden Grace +13 74 71 77 75 $19,085
T64 Webb Simpson +13 73 70 77 77 $19,085
T64 Bernd Wiesberger +13 71 74 75 77 $19,085
T64 Ken Duke +13 70 77 73 77 $19,085
T64 Gregory Bourdy +13 76 70 74 77 $19,085
T71 Gareth Wright +14 71 78 75 74 $18,398
T71 George Coetzee +14 76 71 75 76 $18,398
T73 Shiv Kapur +15 68 77 83 71 $17,864
T73 Kyung-tae Kim +15 73 76 77 73 $17,864
T73 Russell Henley +15 78 71 75 75 $17,864
T73 Todd Hamilton +15 69 81 70 79 $17,864
T73 Thomas Bjorn +15 73 74 72 80 $17,864
T73 Jimmy Mullen +15 71 78 75 75 $0
T79 Kevin Streelman +16 74 71 82 73 $17,253
T79 Mikko Ilonen +16 72 78 76 74 $17,253
T79 Peter Senior +16 74 76 73 77 $17,253
82 Josh Teater +17 72 77 75 77 $16,947
83 Graham Delaet +19 76 72 76 79 $16,795
84 Sandy Lyle +23 76 72 80 79 $16,642

 

Matt Kuchar, $95,043

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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

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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 

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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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