Masters Payout 2014: Latest Projections for Top Prize-Money Earners

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Masters Payout 2014: Latest Projections for Top Prize-Money Earners
Darron Cummings

Bubba Watson went in the wrong direction on moving day at the Masters, and now this tournament and the $1.62 million prize for the winner are wide open heading into Sunday's final round.

Watson, the 36-hole leader, shot a two-over 74 on Saturday and is now tied with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth at five-under. In all, there are 13 players under par heading into the final round. With the course playing fast and challenging, anyone one of those 13 stands a reasonable shot at claiming the top spot.  

The full list of payouts is available on Augusta.com, and you can view the top 20 below. 

Pos. Prize Money
1 $1,620,000
2 $972,000
3 $612,000
4 $432,000
5 $360,000
6 $324,000
7 $301,500
8 $279,000
9 $261,000
10 $243,000
11 $255,000
12 $207,000
13 $189,000
14 $171,000
15 $162,000
16 $153,000
17 $144,000
18 $135,000
19 $126,000
20 $117,000

Augusta.com

Also, check out the men in the best position to claim these top payouts in the live leaderboard below: 

Now, in case you are too busy to catch the final round on Sunday: A) you need to learn to plan ahead better and B) I'll hook you up with the eventual results. I'm going to predict who will finish in the top three. 

 

Third Place: Lee Westwood

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Lee Westwood looked great on Saturday. He fired a 70 to move to two-under and a tie for seventh. Westwood has improved in each round and is in a great position to win his first major. 

Westwood has been solid and has picked up just three combined bogeys in the past two rounds. This is a wonderful sign for Westwood because his current form had been lacking. The Englishman hasn't won in almost two years, and he's been having a rocky season this year. 

He is putting it all together now, and that started by scoring on the par-fives. Westwood birdied all four on Saturday and offered this up, via The Telegraph's James Corrigan, on his performance:  

I’d had eight pars on the fives on the first two days, so I was glad to get four birdies on them today. Am I in the hunt? Yeah, I’d say definitely. So much can happen here on a Sunday afternoon and my previous experiences should serve me well.

Westwood will make an early move on Sunday, but will come up short in the end. There is no reason to believe otherwise.

Unfortunately, Westwood is going to have to settle to adding to this dubious, yet historically prolific, fact tweeted by PGA Tour Media: 

 

Second Place: Jordan Spieth

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The fact that Jordan Spieth will be in Sunday's final group is an accomplishment in itself, and the youngster is going to outplay the sinking Bubba Watson.

Playing in his first Masters at the age of 20, Spieth is not supposed to be doing any of these things.

The BBC's Iain Carter puts some perspective on Spieth's success, and what he's shown in handling pressure so for.  

It's less than a year since Jordan Spieth won his first PGA Tour event, which is a big enough event as a 19-year-old, but he did it in a three-man play-off at the fifth extra hole. That takes some nerve. If he wins, it will be the most significant moment for golf since Tiger Woods won here by 12 shots in 1997.

Spieth is not going to buckle under the pressure, and his game is surging at the right time. He had been off to a relatively slow start to the season, but he obviously came ready to play at the year's first major.

With a 71 on the opening day and then two consecutive 70s, Spieth has been a model of consistency and obviously has a good plan for attacking this course.

It is risky to predict success for a green player at Augusta, but if Spieth were to win, it would be following a pattern. ESPN's Justin Ray explains:

In the end, Spieth's lack of experience won't doom him, but it will be just enough to keep him from victory. 

 

First Place: Matt Kuchar

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I'm siding with momentum to lead us to the 2014 Masters champ, and after a great Saturday, Matt Kuchar has it. 

The veteran shot a 68 on Saturday to move to four under for the tournament and in third place. After firing a 73 in the opening round, Kuchar's performances have improved each day.

In the third round, Kuchar picked up three straight birdies coming off of Amen Corner. He picked up a stroke on the 13th, 14th and 15th.

It's not all rosy in the momentum department for Kuchar, however. He did end his day with a bogey on the closing hole, and he has a bad recent track record on Sunday. Ray explains:

This is certainly a wonderful reason to pause before making this selection, but I believe to be an aberration. Kuchar has a successful enough track record, and he has won The Players Championship, to prove he is capable of handling Sunday pressure, and he's been good at the Masters lately. 

Kuchar has finished third and eighth in the last two Masters. In case you were into the odd trend relevant to Spieth, try this potential trend on. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champ, entered last year's event having finished third and eighth in his previous two Masters. 

That feat will be duplicated by Kuchar this year. 

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