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Players Championship 2020 Payout: Breaking Down Prize Money Purse Distribution

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2020

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 23: Jon Rahm of Spain and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during final round of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec on February 23, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Juan Luis Díaz/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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The stage is set for one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, with the 2020 Players Championship getting under way at the iconic TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy is back as the defending champion and many experts' favourite to win golf's unofficial fifth major again. The Northern irishman moved to the top of golf's world rankings earlier in the year. There's a stellar cast of players who will be in contention for glory, though.

In addition to the title itself, the winner picks up a sizeable $2,700,000 in prize money. Here is a break down of what's on offer for the top players and preview of what's to come over the course of four action-packed days.

      

Players Championship - Prize Money Distribution 

1st: $2,700,000

2nd: $1,635,000

3rd: $1,035,000

4th: $735,000

5th: $615,000

6th: $543,750

7th: $506,250

8th: $468,750

9th: $438,750

10th: $408,750   

Per CBS Sports, the event will be the first time in history that an overall purse of $15 million will be available to the players.

      

Preview

The Players Championship often sets the tone for the golf season, and the world's best are poised to fiercely contest the prize.

McIlroy should be bristling with confidence. Although he's not yet won in 2020, he's not finished below fifth in any of the events he's played this season, with his game evidently in excellent shape going into the tournament.

Sean Martin of the PGA Tour commented on the regularity with which the Northern Irishman has finished high up the standings in his recent outings:

Sean Martin @PGATOURSMartin

Highest % of finishes in the top-5 since the start of last season: Rory McIlroy, 56% Brooks Koepka, 35% Justin Thomas, 32% Webb Simpson, 31% Marc Leishman, 30%

McIlroy will have positive memories of Sawgrass, having held off veteran Jim Furyk to win the title in 2019. Here are the highlights of that memorable performance:

Another man many expect to perform well this week is Jon Rahm, with the Spaniard also enjoying a strong start to the season and moving up to second in the world rankings.

Like McIlroy, he has a number of encouraging finishes to his name this season, though he has yet to get over the line. Rahm led the way after three days a year ago at Sawgrass, only to shoot 76 on Sunday and plummet down the leaderboard.

In 2020, he'll be keen to showcase the improvements he's made as a player. Golf analyst Ron Mintz thinks Rahm has what's required to win in 2020:

Ron Mintz @MintzGolf

The Players Championship Pick to Win- Jon Rahm Making fourth start at THE PLAYERS (T72/2017, T63/2018, T12/2019) Held the 54-hole lead in 2019, the first of his PGA TOUR career, before closing with a 4-over 76 No. 2 in OWGR No. 5 in SG off tee No. 4 in SG putting (1 of 2)

Ron Mintz @MintzGolf

Jon Rahm has 14 top 10 finishes in his last 18 worldwide starts. @THEPLAYERSChamp

Brooks Koepka is another name worth keeping an eye on when the big events roll around, and he'll be hoping the competition can be the catalyst for him turning around what has been a challenging season so far.

The American is a four-time major champion and enjoyed a memorable 2019. Per golf writer Jason Sobel, it's clear he's keen to put his recent struggles behind him:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Brooks Koepka on whether he’d be more focused at an event like this if it was officially considered a major: “It doesn’t matter. I try my ass off at every tournament.”

Elsewhere, Justin Thomas has had an encouraging beginning to the year, with a win at the Tournament of Champions. Dustin Johnson will also be out to get back to winning ways, having gone over year without a victory.

Yet as things stand, McIlroy looks like he will be hard to beat this weekend. If he does win, the Northern Irishman will make history as the first player ever to win the Players Championship in two consecutive years.

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