Masters 2021: Here’s the prize money payout for each golfer at Augusta National

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The spoils of winning the Masters are numerous and overwhelming. There’s the green jacket, of course, and the Masters trophy, plus the chance to tee it up every April at Augusta National for the rest of your life. You have a seat reserved at the Champions Dinner each year and a space in the Champions locker room whenever you’re back down Magnolia Lane. Oh, and your golf legacy is fairly secure, “Masters champion” mentioned any time you’re introduced in public.

There is one other thing the winner receives that, amazingly, can get overlooked: the first-place check that goes to the winner. On Saturday, the club released the prize money payout for the 2021 tournament, keeping the overall purse at $11.5 million with the winner taking home $2,070,000, both numbers the same as in 2019 and 2020.

Among the men’s majors, the Masters ranks the second most lucrative. The U.S. Open handed out $12.5 million at Winged Foot in September, with Bryson DeChambeau earning $2.25 million for his victory. The PGA Championship paid out $11 million in August at TPC Harding Park with Collin Morikawa receiving $1.98 million. The Open Championship awarded $10.75 million in 2019 at Royal Portrush.

And the most lucrative purse on the PGA Tour? That distinction goes to the Players Championship. Last month, the tour paid out a record $15 million prize money payout, with Justin Thomas earning $2.7 million for his victory.

Before revealing the prize money breakdown for this year at Augusta, here’s a little more Masters prize money history. With his victory in 2019, Tiger Woods returned to being the all-time career money leader in Masters history, jumping past Phil Mickelson. Woods had earned $9.544 million, with Mickelson having won $8.044 million.

Here’s a look at the top 25 on the Masters career money list along with some notable past champions and where they shake out:

Masters career money leaders
1: Tiger Woods, $9,544,736

2: Phil Mickelson, $8,044,717

3: Jordan Spieth, $4,594,828

4: Dustin Johnson, $4,226,475

5: Bubba Watson, $3,958,305

6: Justin Rose, $3,737,515

7: Adam Scott, $3,697,377

8: Ángel Cabrera, $3,473,357

9: Lee Westwood, $3,437,415

10: Sergio Garcia, $3,223,530

11: Fred Couples, $2,734,521

12: Vijay Singh, $2,541,305

13: Rory McIlroy, $2,517,521

14: Ernie Els, $2,486,843

15: José María Olazábal, $2,480,383

16: Rickie Fowler, $2,470,050

17: Patrick Reed, $2,443,288

18: Charl Schwartzel, $2,441,276

19: Jason Day, $2,284,848

20: Retief Goosen, $2,277,980

21: Paul Casey, $2,039,276

22: Trevor Immelman, $2,000,573

23: Matt Kuchar, $1,986,250

24: Danny Willett, $1,931,713

25: Bernhard Langer, $1,928,683

Other Notables
68: Jack Nicklaus, $748,359
160: Gary Player, $239,552
204: Arnold Palmer, $139,163.33
302: Sam Snead, $50,881.25
369: Ben Hogan, $32,735
443: Byron Nelson, $15,686.99
512: Gene Sarazen, $7,077.25

OK … here’s what they’ll be playing for this week. Come back after the end of play on Sunday and we’ll update this with names and specific payouts for each golfer who made the cut.

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