PGA Championship Purse 2013: Breaking Down Earnings for Top Superstars

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PGA Championship Purse 2013: Breaking Down Earnings for Top Superstars
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The 2013 PGA Championship is in the books, a new star has been born and the unexpected has transpired once again. Jason Dufner won the event at 10-under par, countless superstars were rendered as virtual non-factors and the shape of the PGA Tour was altered once again.

The question is, how was the money handed out to golf's top superstars?

With his victory, Dufner secured the top prize and took home $1,445,000 in earnings. Second-place finisher Jim Furyk finished at 8-under par and earned $865,000, and Henrik Stenson took home $545,000 after putting up a 7-under performance for third place.

Here's how the rest of the world's superstars fared financially.

All payouts via PGA TOUR.

 

Rory McIlroy (-3, $206,250)

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Rory McIlroy may be struggling over the past two years, but if there's one event we know he'll shine at, it's the PGA Championship. He won the event in 2012 and finished in a tie for third place in both 2009 and 2010.

This time around, McIlroy cracked the top 10 with a 3-under par finish.

With his performance, McIlroy earned $206,250 and snapped his streak of dreadful performances. Starting with an opening-round 69, McIlroy set the stage and used a third-round 67 to build up a strong enough performance to earn in the six-figure range.

It's about time.

McIlroy, 24, missed the cut at the 2013 Open Championship and earned $37,324 with a 14-over performance at the U.S. Open. At the Masters, he failed to break even and made $56,040.

When you make more at one major tournament than you had at your previous three combined, you've broken out of a funk.

 

Phil Mickelson (+12, $14,750)

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Phil Mickelson is one of the most respected golfers in the world, owning five career major championships. One of those titles came at the 2005 PGA Championship and another was as recent as one month ago, when he won the 2013 Open Championship.

Mere weeks later, Mickelson registered one of the worst performances of his lifetime.

Mickelson finished at 12-over par, failing to break even in a single round of play. With a third-round 78, Mickelson effectively went from one of the favorites heading into the event to a golfer who stood no chance of winning.

Even still, he made $14,750.

By comparison, Mickelson made $1,442,826 upon winning The Open Championship and $696,104 after finishing second at the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, Mickelson shot a combined 21-over par at the PGA Championship and Masters Tournament.

That's what you call hit-or-miss.

 

Tiger Woods (+4, $28,000)

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Tiger Woods finished at 4-over par for the tournament, shooting an even 70 in the final round after striking bogey on 8 and double-bogey on 9. He also found double-bogey on the final hole of the first round and settled for bogey on 16 in both the second and third rounds, 17 in the third and 18 in the second.

Had Woods managed to eliminate the two double-bogeys, he would've made roughly $50,000 more. Instead, he earned less than $30,000 total.

Something we're not used to saying.

Woods struggled with his driver throughout the tournament, missing fairways and creating difficult looks at the putting green. In the end, it wasn't just the difference between contending and missing even, but thousands of dollars.

A tough loss to swallow, to say the least.

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