Memorial Tournament Payout 2014: Prize Money Distribution and Final Standings

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Memorial Tournament Payout 2014: Prize Money Distribution and Final Standings
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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
Place Golfer Score Prize Money
1 Hideki Matsuyama -13 (won playoff) $1,116,000
2 Kevin Na -13 $669,600
3 Bubba Watson -12 $421,600
T4 Adam Scott -10 $272,800
T4 Chris Kirk -10 $272,800
T6 Steve Stricker -9 $215,450
T6 Ben Curtis -9 $215,450
T8 Thorbjorn Olesen -8 $167,400
T8 Bill Haas -8 $167,400
T8 Luke Guthrie -8 $167,400
T8 Brendon Todd -8 $167,400
T8 Charl 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. 

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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.

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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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