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Daniel Berger hits one tee shot, withdraws and makes $50,500 at the WGC-Bridgestone

It's not breaking news that the purses on the PGA Tour are enormous. Thank Tiger Woods, Tim Finchem and TV contracts. It's really, really good to be a PGA Tour golfer. As it should be.

Exhibit A was on display on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone Country Club. Last place at any World Golf Championship event this year has a payout of $50,500. Just tee it up, and you're guaranteed that money.

Daniel Berger withdrew after one tee shot, citing a shoulder injury. And the reaction on social media is pretty comical:

Sure, a $50,000 payday for one golf shot seems absurd for the 25-year-old. But hey, would any of us do something different?

Unlike a normal field tour event, Berger's withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone didn't prevent any alternate from a spot in the field. Good for him. That's something that never plays well among tour pros.