Pay day at Augusta NationalApril 14, 2019

Masters 2019: Tiger Woods takes home a record prize money payout at Augusta

The Masters - Final Round
Andrew RedingtonAUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the first hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, Ga. — If there’s one tournament in golf where how much the winner makes is truly ancillary to everything else that comes with claiming the title, it’s the Masters. The legacy of being one of the select golfers to own a green jacket—a space in the Champions locker room, a seat at the Champions dinner and a place in golf history—is worth more than the money that will be wired to your bank account come Monday.

Still, make no mistake about it, the man who shakes Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley’s hand in Butler Cabin on Sunday is going to make an awful lot of cash. On Saturday, the club released the purse for the 2019 tournament, with the payout to the entire 87 player field hitting an all-time high of $11.5 million, up $500,000 from a year ago.

The champion, Tiger Woods, will make a record amount, as the club is giving out more than $2 million to the winner for the first time in Masters history. Woods will receive $2.07 million, up from the $1.98 million that Patrick Reed claimed in 2018.

Interestingly, while Augusta National bumped up its payout, it did not increase it to make it highest paying PGA Tour event or even most lucrative major championship. Earlier this year the PGA Tour increased the purse at the Players Championship to a record $12.5 million (from $11 million in 2018), with the winner getting $2.25 million, the most ever for a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

The USGA, meanwhile, increased the purse at last year’s U.S. Open from $10 million to $12 million in 2017, with Brooks Koepka earning $2.16 million at Erin Hills and Shinnecock Hills.

By comparison, here’s the payout for the other two men’s majors:
• Open Championship: $10.5 million total purse, $1.89 million to Francesco Molinari
• PGA Championship: $11 million total purse, $1.98 million to Brooks Koepka.

What’s interesting is to track how much Woods has made during his career at Augusta. Here’s a breakdown for every year he's competed as a professional:

1997: Win, $486,000
1998: T-8, $89,600
1999: T-18, $52,160
2000: 5, $184,000
2001: Win, $1,008,000
2002: Win. $1,008,000
2003: T-15, $93,000
2004: T-22, $70,200
2005: Win, $1,260,000
2006: T-3, $315,700
2007: T-2, $541,333
2008: 2, $810,000
2009: T-6, $242,813
2010: T-4, $330,000
2011: T-4, $330,667
2012: T-40, $32,000
2013: T-4, $352,000
2015: T-17, $155,000
2018: T-32, $63,663

Here's a breakdown of how much every player will make at the Masters in 2019.

WIN: Tiger Woods, -13, $2,070,000
T-2: Dustin Johnson, -12, $858,667
T-2: Brooks Koepka, -12, $858,667
T-2: Xander Schauffele, -12, $858,667
T-5: Jason Day, -11, $403,938
T-5: Tony Finau, -11, $403,938
T-5: Francesco Molinari, -11, $403,938
T-5: Webb Simpson, -11, $403,938
T-9: Patrick Cantlay, -10, $310,500
T-9: Rickie Fowler, -10, $310,500
T-9: Jon Rahm, -10, $310,500
T-12: Justin Harding, -8, $225,400
T-12: Matt Kuchar, -8, $225,400
T-12: Ian Poulter, -8, $225,400
T-12: Justin Thomas, -8, $225,400
T-12: Bubba Watson, -8, $225,400
17: Aaron Wise, -7, $184,000
T-18: Patton Kizzire, -6, $161,000
T-18: Phil Mickelson, -6, $161,000
T-18: Adam Scott -6, $161,000
T-21: Lucas Bjerregaard, -5, $107,956
T-21: Matthew Fitzpatrick, -5, $107,956
T-21: Si Woo Kim, -5, $107,956
T-21: Kevin Kisner, -5, $107,956
T-21: Rory McIlroy, -5, $107,956
T-21: Thorbjørn Olesen, -5, $107,956
T-21: Jordan Spieth, -5, $107,956
T-21: Kyle Stanley, -5, $107,956
T-29: Bryson DeChambeau, -4, $78,200
T-29: Charley Hoffman, -4, $78,200
T-29: Louis Oosthuizen, -4, $78,200
T-32: Charles Howell III, -3, $68,042
T-32: Hideki Matsuyama, -3, $68,042
T-32: Gary Woodland, -3, $68,042
T-32: Viktor Hovland, -3, Amateur
T-36: Rafa Cabrera Bello, -2, $55,488
T-36: Tommy Fleetwood, -2, $55,488
T-36: Patrick Reed, -2, $55,488
T-36: Henrik Stenson, -2, $55,488
T-36: Kevin Tway, -2, $55,488
T-36: Jimmy Walker, -2, $55,488
T-36: Alvaro Ortiz, -2, Amateur
T-43: Keegan Bradley, -1, $44,850
T-43: Haotong Li, -1, $44,850
T-43: Keith Mitchell, -1, $44,850
T-46: Corey Conners, E, $37,950
T-46: Andrew Landry, E, $37,950
T-46: Kevin Na, E, $37,950
T-49: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, +1, $32,430
T-49: Marc Leishman, +1, $32,430
T-51: Trevor Immelman, +2, $28,693
T-51: Martin Kaymer, +2, $28,693
T-51: Eddie Pepperell, +2, $28,693
T-51: Cameron Smith, +2, $28,693
55: Devon Bling, +3, Amateur
T-56: Tyrrell Hatton, +4, $26,910
T-56: Billy Horschel, +4, $26,910
T-58: Branden Grace, +5, $26,335
T-58: Zach Johnson, +5, $26,335
T-58: Takumi Kanaya, +5, Amateur
61: Satoshi Kodaira, +6, $25,990
T-62: Emiliano Grillo, +8, $25,415
T-62: J.B. Holmes, +8, $25,415
T-62: Bernhard Langer, +8, $25,415
T-62: Alex Noren, +8, $25,415

The remainder of the professionals will receive cash prizes ranging downward from $28,290 depending on the scores.

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