Masters Payout 2015: Latest Projections for Top Prize-Money Earners

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2015

Jordan Spieth watches his hit out of a bunker at the seventh hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The green jacket isn’t the only green that the 2015 Masters winner will pocket Sunday.

A total purse of $9 million in winnings await the world’s best golfers after this year’s tournament, and the winner alone will take home a cool $1.62 million. Golf.com’s  Brendan Mohler provided the complete payout information.

Here is a look at the top of the standings after Saturday’s third round, as well as the projected payouts if the leaderboard remains the same. One important note—if players are tied in a given position, the values of the typical payouts for those spots are added and divided by the number of players to decide each player’s share.

For example, if two players are tied for second place, the prize money allocated for second and third is added and then divided by two.

2015 Masters Leaders
1Jordan Spieth (-16)$1,620,000
2Justin Rose (-12)$972,000
3Phil Mickelson (-11)$612,000
4Charley Hoffman (-10)$432,000
T5Rory McIlroy (-6)$305,000
T5Tiger Woods (-6)$305,000
T5Kevin Streelman (-6)$305,000
T5Kevin Na (-6)$305,000
T5Dustin Johnson (-6)$305,000

Key Saturday Developments 

Jordan Spieth Maintains the Lead

If nothing else, it was a colorful scorecard for Jordan Spieth Saturday.

Spieth only tallied seven pars to go along with seven birdies, three bogeys and a disappointing double bogey during the third round. In all, he finished with a two-under 70, which was far from the combined 14-under fans saw during the first two rounds. It kept the door slightly ajar for the rest of the field to stay in contention with one more round to go Sunday.

Spieth looked to be well on his way to another impressive day, but he turned in a double-bogey six on the par-four 17th. It was a shocking change from the steady approach he has displayed throughout the first three rounds.

ESPN Stats & Info noted that there were some surprising struggles from Spieth Saturday:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Jordan Spieth has made three bogeys today after making just one over the course of his first 39 holes this week.

He is still four strokes clear of the rest of the field and set the 54-hole scoring record at the Masters, so complaining about the bogeys feels like nitpicking.

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

The good news now for Spieth is all he has to do is play solid golf Sunday, and he will take home his first of what could be many green jackets. The 21-year-old held a five-stroke lead entering play Saturday and now has a four-stroke lead through three rounds and is still the clear favorite to take home the title.

As long as he simply avoids any crippling mistakes, takes advantage of a couple of the par fives and makes enough pars, he will win the green jacket and the hefty prize money that goes with it. He certainly deserves it given the way he has made Augusta National Golf Club look so pedestrian.

Phil Mickelson Makes a Charge

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Get ready for a thrilling Sunday if Phil Mickelson plays the way he did in the third round.

The crowd favorite flashed spurts of his greatness during the third round Saturday and finished with a five-under 67 to bring his total score to 11-under par. He is still a full five strokes behind Spieth, but perhaps the most important development was Justin Rose’s birdie on the final hole that kept Mickelson from the final pairing with Spieth Sunday.

Golf personality Shane Bacon noted that being in the last pairing would have been important for the southpaw:

Shane Bacon @shanebacon

First in, last out in terms of pairing, so an important next 10 minutes for Mr. Mickelson.

Alas, Mickelson was on top of his game in the front nine and birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 4. He finished the front nine with a birdie on No. 9 and looked like he was going to make Spieth sweat some heading into the turn. 

However, Mickelson matched three birdies with two bogeys on the back nine and finished with a formidable 67. One of the birdies came after he drilled a 40-foot putt on No. 16, which brought the galleries to their feet. It could have been even better were it not for a couple of mistakes, but Mickelson is in position to at least challenge Spieth some with another impressive round Sunday.

Tiger Woods Impresses

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Tiger Woods certainly answered any doubts surrounding his ability to still compete near the top of the leaderboard at a major.

He drilled six birdies Saturday on his way to a four-under 68 and brought his score to a six-under overall. He isn’t going to win his fifth green jacket because of Spieth’s brilliance, but he is playing some of the best golf fans have seen from Woods in years.

ESPN Stats & Info suggested as much:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tiger Woods shot in the 60s in consecutive rounds of a single Masters Tournament for the 1st time since 2005.

It looked like Woods would turn in an even more impressive round when he birdied holes Nos. 2, 3 and four. However, he missed chances on Nos. 6 and 7 to pick up even more ground and played solid golf the rest of the way into the clubhouse.

His most impressive performance came on No. 13 after he hooked his drive into the rough. Instead of playing it safe and rescuing a par, he reached the green in regulation and drilled a 15-foot putt for a dramatic birdie.

Woods discussed his round, per Paul Newberry of The Associated Press (h/t ABC News): "I had my chances to make this a really special round today. Man, I had it going there for a little bit. I made a stupidly good birdie at 13 and a stupidly bad bogey at 14. You know, it all evens out."

Woods’ resurgence is somewhat worrisome for the young superstars on the PGA Tour. Barring a complete surprise, he won’t catch Spieth Sunday, but it is no longer difficult to envision Woods playing for a title alongside the likes of Spieth and Rory McIlroy on the weekend of one of the majors later in the year. 

That would be appointment viewing for even the most casual of golf fans.

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