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Players Championship 2015 Payout: Purse, Prize Money and Final Leaderboard

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2015

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Rickie Fowler celebrates as he wins the playoff in the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course on May 10, 2015 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Rickie Fowler became nearly $2 million richer Sunday. The 26-year-old picked up arguably the biggest win of his career, prevailing in a four-hole playoff at the 2015 Players Championship.

Few had Fowler as a serious contender entering the final round, but he gained six strokes over the final six holes to get to 12 under for the tournament. That got him into a playoff with Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.

Fowler finished at two under over the four holes to capture the title.

Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard thinks Fowler's victory helps to shed the "overrated" label many have saddled him with over the years:

Rex Hoggard @RexHoggardGC

Overrated no more. #Fowler

He had gone 69 PGA Tour starts without a win before Sunday, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Rickie Fowler: 2nd career PGA TOUR win (snapped 69-start winless streak)

Fowler opted for a more understated approach with his post-tournament comments, per the PGA Tour:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

“I’d say this is a pretty big one." - Rickie Fowler http://t.co/O7BWyM5cYh

By itself, winning the Players Championship is a massive accomplishment. The win will be particularly sweeter for Fowler since he's in line to collect $1.8 million for his efforts. It's not a bad return for four days' work.

The total purse for the Players Championship is a whopping $10 million, tying the PGA Championship as the most lucrative tournament on the PGA Tour. One and Done 1 provided a breakdown for the individual payouts:

2015 Players Championship Payouts
Pos.GolferPayout
1Rickie Fowler$1,800,000
T2Sergio Garcia$880,000
T2Kevin Kisner$880,000
T4Ben Martin$440,000
T4Bill Haas$440,000
T6Rory Sabbatini$347,500
T6Kevin Na$347,500
T8Jamie Donaldson$270,000
T8Rory McIlroy$270,000
T8Brian Harman$270,000
T8John Senden$270,000
T8Ryo Ishikawa$270,000
One & Done 1

Kisner had a chance to avoid the playoff altogether on the final hole of the tournament. He had a makable birdie putt on No. 18 that just lipped out, so Kisner had to settle for a three-way tie for first and the playoff.

As if Kisner didn't have enough of a reason to be kicking himself after that final putt, Golf Channel's Justin Ray highlighted how Garcia and Fowler had performed better on the three playoff holes than Kisner did over the four rounds:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

Aggregate 3-hole playoff on 16, 17, 18. Scoring on those holes this week: Garcia -6 Fowler -6 Kisner -1

Kisner didn't let his disappointment creep into the playoff. In fact, he looked completely unfazed by the occasion, arguably the most pressure-packed situation in his PGA Tour career. Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman felt Kisner had a confidence that belied his inexperience:

His birdie putt on No. 17 drove home the fact that Kisner wasn't rattled at all, per the PGA Tour:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Birdie for Kevin Kisner on 17. #QuickHits http://t.co/vyCs8UVTIh

Unfortunately, he was unable to repeat that on the sudden-death playoff hole. Fowler's drive on No. 17 fell roughly four feet from the cup:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

What nerves? Rickie Fowler has four feet left for birdie on 17. #QuickHits http://t.co/kgn7sHr1ha

It was then essentially a foregone conclusion that he'd sink the birdie putt to clinch the victory.

ESPN's Todd Grisham joked that the last thing Fowler needs is more millions; he already has so much going for himself already:

Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA

If only Ricky Fowler was young, good looking and fashionable...

Fowler started his PGA career with a lot of hype, but the results hadn't quite lived up to expectations.

With last year's four top-five major finishes, it appeared Fowler was starting to put everything together. And Sunday's win cements that he's here to stay.

Golf Channel's Gary Williams feels good about the future of the sport with so many young stars emerging at the same time:

Gary Williams @garywilliamsGC

Spieth+Mcilroy+Fowler is huge juice for tour golf. Fowler just changed the narrative and his response this week was insanely large.Wow.

The U.S. Open tees off in a little over a month at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. That will be the next hurdle for Fowler to scale.

A win there shouldn't be the minimum expectation, but it would be nice to see him put together another strong performance and at least challenge for the lead on the final day. American golf fans will hope that Fowler's Players Championship showing isn't a false dawn.

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