Masters Prize Money 2022: Total Purse Info for Augusta National Golf Club

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIApril 7, 2022

Scottie Scheffler hits on the 13th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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It's tough to win the Masters Tournament, as the prestigious event routinely features a field filled with the best golfers in the world. It's even more challenging to win the Masters in back-to-back years, which is why nobody has accomplished that feat since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.

Hideki Matsuyama will look to become only the fourth golfer to win consecutive Masters titles, an exclusive group comprising Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus. In 2021, Matsuyama won the Masters for the first time, taking home $2.07 million of the $11.5 million total purse.

The total purse for the 2022 Masters hasn't been announced—it's expected to be released Saturday—but there's a good chance that this year's golfers will take home just as much money, if not more. So there will be a lot more than glory up for grabs at Augusta National this weekend.

Many of the expected top contenders don't know what it's like to be victorious at the Masters. Not one of the top seven golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking has won the tournament, but that could change by Sunday evening.

Scottie Scheffler has already won three tournaments in 2022, which is how he passed Jon Rahm for the No. 1 world ranking in March. The 25-year-old has only played in the Masters twice before (tied for 19th in 2020 and tied for 18th in 2021) but enters the event with a ton of momentum.

If Scheffler plays as well at Augusta National as he has in recent months, he could contend for the Masters title.

"I look forward to preparing and playing good golf and executing shots and being in contention," Scheffler said, per Brentley Romine of Golf Channel. "That's what's fun."

Rahm (No. 2 in the world), Collin Morikawa (No. 3), Viktor Hovland (No. 4), Patrick Cantlay (No. 5), Cameron Smith (No. 6) and Justin Thomas (No. 7) are the other top golfers aiming to win the Masters for the first time. Dustin Johnson, who is ranked No. 8, is looking to win the tournament for the second time in three years.

Then there's Tiger Woods. The golf legend is planning on playing the Masters, which will be his first tournament since suffering severe injuries in a car crash in February 2021. Woods has won five Masters titles (the most recent coming in 2019), which is one shy of the record held by Nicklaus.

It's remarkable that Woods is even considering playing at this point in his recovery. So even if he doesn't fare well, it's still an impressive feat for him to enter the tournament.

There's also the potential for a surprise name to win the Masters. It's happened in the past, as few could have predicted that golfers such as Trevor Immelman (2008) and Charl Schwartzel (2011) would don green jackets as Masters champions. Perhaps something similar occurs this weekend.

Over the past nine years, the Masters has produced nine unique winners, seven of whom received green jackets for the first time. So it will be interesting to see whether that trend continues or if one of the recent winners is victorious again.