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Players Championship 2016 Prize Money: Purse Payout and Final Leaderboard

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 15, 2016

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  Jason Day of Australia lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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For the third time this year, Jason Day is taking home the top purse in a PGA Tour event.

Day recorded his first-ever win at The Players ChampionshipΒ on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Aussie won by four strokes, posting a score of 15 under par, with Kevin Chappell coming in second and four other golfers tied for third. Β 

This is Day's first tournament victory since winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play in March, when he won a combined $2,754,000. Day's total winnings at TPC are nearly 70 percent of those two victories combined.

Here's a look at the final leaderboard, as well as some notable splits of the $10.5 million purse:

2016 Players Championship Purse
PlaceGolferPurse
1stJason Day$1.89 million
2ndKevin Chappell$1.13 million
T3Ken Duke$714,000
T3Matt Kuchar$504,000
T3Colt Knost$420,000
T3Justin Thomas$378,000
T7Francesco Molinari$351,750
T7Hideki Matsuyama$325,500
T9Alex Cejka$304,500
T9Graeme McDowell$283,500
Source: CBS Sports

Day had an up-and-down start to the final round with bogeys at No. 6 and No. 9, yet he still had the lead heading into the back nine.Β That didn't stop Day from asserting himself once again as the top golfer in the world right now.Β He responded by making birdie at No. 10 and No. 12 and held off Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Colt Knost.

It's been a stellar run for Day since late last year, as Shane Bacon of Fox Sports pointed out:

Shane Bacon @shanebacon

Jason Day's last 17 starts: πŸ† T-12 πŸ† (PGA) πŸ† T-12 πŸ† T-10 T-10 MC T-11 T-23 πŸ† πŸ† (WGC) T-10 T-23 T-5 πŸ† (Players)

This win is the second time Day has finished wire-to-wire, joining Tiger Woods, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller as the only other golfers to start and finish with the lead twice in a season, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

It's the seventh win in the last 10 months for Day, who has had to learn from heartbreak on the golf course along the way to get to where he is.

"It's been a great 10 months, but the years prior to these 10 months was the foundation," Day said, per ESPN.com's Jason Sobel. "I had to fail in order to win.Β It just flat-out sucks losing. It doesn't feel good. It's not fun."

Day also knows the target on his back only gets bigger from here, especially with top talent always lurking behind him, per Sobel:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Jason Day on being No. 1 in the world: "Tiger says he's going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I've got to extend that gap."

Although his record pace halted on Saturday, Day still had one of the more impressive performances of the season, and that should give him confidence with the U.S. Open a little more than a month away (starting June 16). Barring injury, Day will be the favorite heading into that tournament.

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