Masters Payout 2022: Latest Projections for Top Prize-Money EarnersApril 10, 2022
Masters Payout 2022: Latest Projections for Top Prize-Money Earners
For Round 3 of the Masters, Mother Nature put up quite a fight, offering up strong winds and chill all day long, making things tough for all the players at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday.
Despite the weather conditions, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler dominated, much like he did during Round 2 on Friday, when he became the early favorite to win the green jacket.
By the end of the day, the 25-year old maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard at nine under par, seven in front of fourth place.
It was his third straight day under par.
Scheffler will be in the final round pairing Sunday with Cameron Smith, who is in second place at six under par.
Smith continued his aggressive play Saturday, which led to 16 birdies in three days.
Not to be outdone was Sungjae Im, who started the day with double bogey but worked his way back to third place at four under par.
He will be paired with Shane Lowry on Sunday.
Comeback king Tiger Woods didn't fare as well as he would have liked on the day because of putting woes, but he was still a fan favorite as he moved around the course.
Here's a quick look at the top-10 Masters payout list and projections for the top finishers.
Source: Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger.
Winner: Scottie Scheffler (-9)
Scheffler showed his masterful calm when he ran into trouble on the 18th hole, hitting his ball into the fairway-side bush.
Somehow, he was able to strike an incredible shot off the pine straw to hit the green.
The 25-year old turned a one-shot penalty into a three-stroke lead to end the day.
"You hate bogeying the last hole, but the way I bogeyed it, it for sure felt like a par," Scheffler told USA Today. "It definitely felt like a good finish to the day."
After three rounds, Scheffler is a nine-under 207 and will be paired with Smith for the final 18 holes.
If he can fend off Smith and Im, he'll go on to win his first green jacket and put $2,700,000 in the bank.
"When I'm in the lead, I'm trying to stay in the lead and not really overthink things," Scheffler added. "Just go out there and play golf."
2: Cameron Smith (-6)
Scheffler's blunder on the 18th hole could be what Cameron Smith needed to close the gap at Augusta.
After carding the lowest round of the day—a four-under 68—Smith finds himself just three strokes behind the leader.
Smith's pairing with Scheffler will be the first final pairing comprising two of the top 10 players in the world at a major since the 2015 PGA Championship with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.
The Australian's stellar third round could prove to be the momentum shift that springboards him to Masters glory Sunday. And if Smith can win, he will be the first player to win The Players and The Masters in the same year since Tiger Woods.
"It just means I can get it done, I guess, when I’m up against the best guys in the world. It’s a good feeling to have. It’s earned. It’s not given to you," Smith told Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press. "So I’m going to have to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf again, probably similar to today. Hopefully, everything just falls into place."
3: Sungjae Im (-4)
With Scheffler firmly in the lead, Im is the only other player within six besides Cam Smith.
That makes Sunday basically a three-horse race.
The 24-year old broke through in 2020, when he tied Smith for second place at the Masters, and he has been quite the competitor and draw since then.
"I feel like I can play well here every time," Im told Ian O'Connor of the New York Post. "I think [the course] fits my game. It requires tee-to-green good shots overall and to put the shots into spots where I have a chance to attack the green is important. ... Overall  is a great memory that I'll carry on with me. Just to finish runner-up here in the Masters is a feat that I really am proud of. But we're only one day in. ... I just want to keep this momentum going and try to finish well this week."
Im has an outside chance to win the green jacket, but if he comes up short, he will still be in rarefied air by either finishing second or coming third.