Bubba Watson added the most expensive green jacket in the world to his closet on Sunday evening. The 35-year-old won his second Masters and, in doing so, became $1.62 million richer.
That's the winner's purse for the 2014 Masters, which is up from the $1.44 million Adam Scott earned last year, according to ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Watson represented left-handers everywhere, per ESPN Stats and Info:
Bubba Watson joins Phil Mickelson as the only lefty golfers with multiple major championships— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 13, 2014
Upon finally donning the famous jacket, he commented that he "never loved green so much," per Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman:
"I never loved green so much." -Bubba Watson after Adam Scott slipped the green jacket over his shoulders— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) April 13, 2014
Watson was brilliant during the final round, ascending up the leaderboard while those around him crumbled. His final score of eight under was three strokes better than Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth, who tied for second place.
Don't weep for Blixt and Spieth, though, because they're taking home a cool $792,000 apiece.
Not a bad haul for four days' work.
It's a shame Spieth faded down the stretch as much as he did. At 20 years old, it would've been incredible to have seen him conquer Augusta. Perhaps it could've been the kind of seminal moment that Tiger Woods winning the 1997 Masters at 21 has become for both his career and golf as a whole.
At least he has another year to track down Tiger.
Spieth was simply too up and down on the front nine. He couldn't find a consistent groove, notching birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 7 but bogeys on Nos. 5, 8 and 9. And on the back nine, he lacked the otherworldly shots that would've kept him competitive with Watson.
Still, there are far more positives for Spieth to take away from Augusta than there are negatives. At this point last year, he was 219th in the world, per GolfChannel.com's Will Gray:
After T-2 finish, Spieth moves to 10th in the world. Still has some ground to make up on P Reed but hey, not bad for 20 y/o. 219th 1 yr ago.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) April 13, 2014
The emerging star also isn't prepared to dwell upon the fact that he let a co-lead after three rounds slip through his grasp, per Jay Coffin of GolfChannel.com:
Spieth with a good mindset about majors: "There's still three more this year." Not looking back, only looking forward.— Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) April 13, 2014
It will be interesting to see what Spieth does to follow up his Masters success at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open in a couple of months' time. At least he's nearly $800,000 richer. It beats what most 20-year-olds are earning right now.
Although only one man can win the Masters, a look at the golfers' payouts illustrates that losing isn't always a bad thing. The total purse was $9 million, which is still $1 million short that what the PGA Championship will offer in August.
Still, as long as you made the cut on Friday, you were guaranteed to at least make some cash. The 50th-place finisher was in line to earn $22,600. While that's not life-changing money, any fan would gladly take it to play four rounds at Augusta National.
For those a little further up the leaderboard, the financial parachute offered a much more comfortable landing. Here's how the rest of the top 20 golfers made out on Sunday.
|4||Miguel Angel Jiminez||-4||$432,000|
Note: You can view a full breakdown of the Masters payouts on Augusta.com.