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Memorial Tournament Payout 2014: Prize Money Distribution and Final Standings

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  Hideki Matsuyama of Japan is presented the trophy by Jack Nicklaus after winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2014 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2014

The Memorial Tournament may take place at the house that Jack Nicklaus built at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, but it was Hideki Matsuyama’s course Sunday. 

Matsuyama won the 2014 Memorial over Kevin Na in thrilling fashion but not before it went to an extra hole, as the tournament’s official Twitter page noted:

Matsuyama eventually prevailed in that playoff with an incredible up-and-down save and won himself some cash along the way.   

Here is a look at the final top 10 as well as the prize money distributions for each. The total purse was $6.2 million.

2014 Memorial Tournament Standings and Prize Money
PlaceGolferScorePrize Money
1Hideki Matsuyama-13 (won playoff)$1,116,000
2Kevin Na-13$669,600
3Bubba Watson-12$421,600
T4Adam Scott-10$272,800
T4Chris Kirk-10$272,800
T6Steve Stricker-9$215,450
T6Ben Curtis-9$215,450
T8Thorbjorn Olesen-8$167,400
T8Bill Haas-8$167,400
T8Luke Guthrie-8$167,400
T8Brendon Todd-8$167,400
T8Charl Schwartzel-8$167,400
ESPN.com

*Full leaderboard can be viewed via PGATour.com

 

The two-man battle for the championship in the playoff was obviously the main headline from Sunday’s action, and Matsuyama won the title because of his excellence on the 18th hole. He became the first player to ever birdie the final hole in all four rounds at the Memorial, which drew the admiration of Nicklaus himself during the tournament:

What’s more, it was on that 18th that he won the championship with multiple clutch shots. Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch seemed impressed by the results:  

If Matsuyama’s comments before the final round Sunday were any indication, he was likely overjoyed by the victory, via Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch:

Fan favorite Bubba Watson finished just off the pace at 12 shots under par, but he had a golden opportunity to win the title. However, as Justin Ray of the Golf Channel pointed out, Watson simply fell apart down the stretch, which ultimately cost him the Memorial championship:

Another popular golfer with the galleries that had an opportunity on Sunday to win the title was Adam Scott. Scott finished at 10 under par, but were it not for the stretch from holes 12 through 16, he would have likely won. He finished with a crippling double-bogey on No. 12, which was a par three, and tallied a bogey on Nos. 14, 15 and 16. It was ultimately too much to overcome.

Among the other notable performers was defending Memorial champion Matt Kuchar, who finished at six under par and a tie for 15th place alongside Rory McIlroy. McIlroy shot an incredible 63 in the first round Thursday, so he was likely disappointed with the way he finished the tournament. 

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  Bubba Watson watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2014 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty
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Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 49th place at one under par, Dustin Johnson tied for 46th at two under par and Jason Dufner finished in a tie for 19th place at five under par.

If we are to take an incredibly early peak ahead to next year’s Memorial, Matsuyama will almost assuredly be back to defend his title.

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2014 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Image
Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

The Memorial almost always has a loaded field, so expect the premier names like McIlroy, Mickelson and Watson to be back again as challengers. Perhaps we may even see a healthy Tiger Woods in Dublin in 2015.

With Woods and the rest of the field primed to challenge Matsuyama, defending the Memorial title will be a difficult task. But as he showed over the weekend with a gutsy performance, he'll have a solid chance of defending his victory.

 

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