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Masters Prize Money 2021: Final Leaderboard, Total Purse and Payouts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2021

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, tips his cap after winning the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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For a while, it looked like there wasn't going to be much drama at Augusta National on Sunday.

Ah, but it wouldn't be the Masters without some intrigue. Hideki Matsuyama's comfortable lead almost evaporated late, though he ultimately held off Xander Schauffele and earned himself his first green jacket in the process, shooting a one-over 73 to finish 10 under for the tournament. That left him one stroke clear of runner-up Will Zalatoris after Schauffele crumbled late.

The Masters @TheMasters

Hideki Matsuyama - 2021 Masters champion. #themasters 松山英樹-2021年マスターズチャンピオン https://t.co/P3JDVW5RMt

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Hideki Matsuyama has won the 2021 Masters ⛳️ He becomes the first male player from Japan to win a major https://t.co/u3N0ldBFTV

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

It’s official: Ten years after winning low-amateur honors here at Augusta National, Hideki Matsuyama is your 2021 Masters champion. Tears in his eyes as he walks off the final green.

For the third straight year, the total purse at the major was $11.5 million, with Matsuyama taking home a clean $2.07 million for finishing first. Here were the remaining payouts and the top of the leaderboard:

  • 2. Zalatoris (-9): $1,242,000
  • T3. Jordan Spieth (-7): $667,000
  • T3. Schauffele (-7): $667,000
  • T5. Jon Rahm (-6): $437,000
  • T5. Marc Leishman (-6): $437,000
  • 7. Justin Rose (-5): $385,250
  • T8. Patrick Reed (-4): $345,000
  • T8. Corey Conners (-4): $345,000
  • T10. Cameron Smith (-3): $299,000
  • T10: Tony Finau (-3): $299,000

Matsuyama surged to the top of the leaderboard Saturday, perhaps bolstered by a rain delay. When play was halted, he was two strokes off the lead through 10 holes. When play resumed, he annihilated the final stretch, shooting a remarkable six under on the last eight holes to take a four-stroke lead.

"I wouldn't have believed it," Matsuyama told reporters Saturday. "But I did play well today. And my game plan was carried out, and hopefully, tomorrow I can continue good form."

While he couldn't match Saturday's improbable run, he mostly managed the course well Sunday, avoiding the sort of major blunders that can quickly derail a tournament. Well, at least until the 15th, when he found the water and bogeyed the hole. That, paired with Schauffele shooting a birdie on No. 15, cut Matsuyama's lead to two strokes.

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Four birdies in a row for Xander Schauffele puts him within striking distance with three holes to play. #themasters https://t.co/khTsjqKZ4j

But he held on from there, bolstered by Schauffele's untimely and devastating triple bogey on No. 16. Finishing above par was enough for Matsuyama.

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

What a win by Matsuyama.. Golf is awesome.

Tracy Wolfson @tracywolfson

Couldn’t be happier for Matsuyama. You could see the emotion on his face as he made history. Congratulations! #themasters

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

I saw Hideki Matsuyama’a skill and dominance when he won back-to-back @WMPhoenixOpen in 2016 and 2017. Today’s #themasters win secured his place in the upper echelon on tour.

Ben Volin @BenVolin

Awesome accomplishment for Matsuyama. Has had a bunch of top-5 finishes at Majors and finally broke through

As for the rest of the field, Jordan Spieth's strong showing is a positive sign going forward for a player who hadn't posted a top-10 finish at a major since the 2018 British Open and didn't have a top-five finish since that year's Masters.

It wasn't a win for Spieth, but it was a much-needed performance. Besides, nobody was catching Matsuyama on Sunday, even if he temporarily held the door open on the back nine and let a little drama through.

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