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Players Championship: This is how much prize money each player earned

Sunday is payday on the PGA Tour. The Players Championship has always been one of the highest-paying tournaments of the season, but in 2023 a new prize money record was set. 25 million dollars were distributed among the players, with winner Scottie Scheffler alone pocketing 4.5 million dollars. Fünf Spieler verdienten siebenstellig, auch das ein Novum auf der Tour.

Die deutschsprachigen Spieler Matthias Schwab (T54), Stephan Jäger (T44) und Sepp Straka (T65) schafften alle knapp den Cut. Auch wenn es am Wochenende nicht mehr allzu weit nach vorn ging, bleiben auch für sie noch ordentliche Preisgelder bei der Players Championship 2023 übrig.

Players Championship 2023 prize money payout

Platzierung Spieler Preisgeld ($)
1 Scottie Scheffler 4.500.000,00
2 Tyrrell Hatton 2.725.000,00
T3 Tom Hoge 1.475.000,00
T3 Viktor Hovland 1.475.000,00
5 Hideki Matsuyama 1.025.000,00
T6 Max Homa 736.607,15
T6 Justin Suh 736.607,15
T6 Cam Davis 736.607,14
T6 Sungjae Im 736.607,14
T6 Min Woo Lee 736.607,14
T6 David Lingmerth 736.607,14
T6 Justin Rose 736.607,14
T13 Rickie Fowler 447.916,67
T13 Adam Hadwin 447.916,67
T13 Collin Morikawa 447.916,67
T13 Adam Svensson 447.916,67
T13 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 447.916,66
T13 Denny McCarthy 447.916,66
T19 Patrick Cantlay 275.000,00
T19 Jason Day 275.000,00
T19 Tony Finau 275.000,00
T19 Russell Henley 275.000,00
T19 Aaron Rai 275.000,00
T19 Xander Schauffele 275.000,00
T19 Jordan Spieth 275.000,00
T19 Brandon Wu 275.000,00
T27 Wyndham Clark 167.656,25
T27 Eric Cole 167.656,25
T27 Tommy Fleetwood 167.656,25
T27 Ryan Fox 167.656,25
T27 Si Woo Kim 167.656,25
T27 Chad Ramey 167.656,25
T27 Brendon Todd 167.656,25
T27 Danny Willett 167.656,25
T35 Byeong Hun An 114.166,66
T35 Sam Burns 114.166,66
T35 Mark Hubbard 114.166,66
T35 Shane Lowry 114.166,66
T35 Keith Mitchell 114.166,66
T35 Austin Smotherman 114.166,66
T35 Ben Griffin 114.166,66
T35 Taylor Moore 114.166,66
T35 Dylan Wu 114.166,66
T44 Chesson Hadley 75.035,72
T44 Stephan Jaeger 75.035,72
T44 Sam Ryder 75.035,72
T44 Brian Harman 75.035,72
T44 Kramer Hickok 75.035,72
T44 Garrick Higgo 75.035,72
T44 Taylor Montgomery 75.035,72
T51 Lucas Glover 61.416,67
T51 Tom Kim 61.416,67
T51 Cameron Young 61.416,67
T54 Tyler Duncan 58.000,00
T54 Will Gordon 58.000,00
T54 Jerry Kelly 58.000,00
T54 Ben Martin 58.000,00
T54 Matthias Schwab 58.000,00
T54 Gary Woodland 58.000,00
T60 Joel Dahmen 55.250,00
T60 Nate Lashley 55.250,00
T60 Maverick McNealy 55.250,00
T60 Francesco Molinari 55.250,00
T60 Justin Thomas 55.250,00
T65 Patton Kizzire 55.250,00
T65 Alex Smalley 53.250,00
T65 Sepp Straka 53.250,00
68 Davis Thompson 52.250,00
T69 Taylor Pendrith 51.500,00
T69 Scott Stallings 51.500,00
71 Adam Scott 50.750,00
72 Aaron Baddeley 50.250.00
73 Will Zalatoris 49.750,00
74 Sahith Theegala 49.250,00
75 Kevin Kisner 48.750,00
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Including disaster at the 17th: Seven strokes on three holes cost 1.4 million dollars

Taylor Montgomery is playing his first season on the PGA Tour and doing a good job. Already four top ten results this season and so far best prospects to keep his tour card. At the Players Championship, the 28-year-old was on the verge of collecting the biggest cheque of his career so far. At ten under par, he was in the top five with four holes to go. With four pars, he would have finished third and, like Tom Hoge and Viktor Hovland, would have collected 1.475 million US dollars in prize money.

Bogey, double-bogey, triple-bogey

But no Players Championship is complete without drama on the 17th! The legendary island green finally ruined the day for the American. But the misfortune already began on the 15th hole, where Montgomery still managed to get away with a bogey after a weak bunker shot. On the 16th – the par-5 is one of the easiest holes on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass – the next bad news: a double bogey. Now his stroke gains were used up and he was back at even par for the final day. But the real fiasco was yet to come.

The legendary 17, the island green, one of the most iconic and famous holes in the world of golf, cost Montgomery another four strokes. First, he sank his tee shot into the water on the short par-3, which is particularly nerve-racking but always unpredictable because of the wind, which is difficult to assess. Then, after the drop, the second attempt was also too long and landed in the water. Visibly shaken, the man from Las Vegas rushed down the leaderboard. At least he managed a halfway conciliatory finish with a par on the 18th. Hopefully he will spend the 75,000 US dollars in prize money for 44th place on something that will make him forget the disaster.

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Players Championship 2022: How much prize money did players earn?

A record prize money of 20 million dollars was paid out in total at the Players Championship. The PGA Tour had increased the prize money for its flagship event by 5 million dollars for this year. Winner Cameron Smith alone gets 3.6 million dollars from the prize money pool. In his time on the PGA Tour, Smith has so far earned 22,726,511 dollars.
Even 4th place at the Players Championship still receives almost one million dollars.

What he wants to do with the money, Smith does not know yet, he said in the press conference after his victory. When talking about a possible FedExCup win with it’s 15 million dollar bonus, he didn’t seem so eager for the money. “I don’t know, I’m pretty set, to be honest. I’m good. I’m good with what I’ve got. I don’t know what I’d do, to be honest. Maybe some more fishing equipment.” For 3,6 million dollar you get a lot of fishing equipment. In addition, Smith takes over second place in the FedExCup rankings.

Players Championship: Who gets how much prize money?

1st Cameron Smith, $3,600,000

2nd Anirban Lahiri, $2,180,000

3rd Paul Casey, $1,380,000

4th Kevin Kisner, $980,000

5th Keegan Bradley, $820,000

T6. Russell Knox, Harold Varner III, Doug Ghim, $675,000

T9. Dustin Johnson, Adam Hadwin, Viktor Hovland, Sepp Straka, $525,000.

T13. Russell Henley, Taylor Pendrith, Brendan Steele, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Max Homa, Erik van Rooyen, Daniel Berger, $327,000.

T22. Kevin Streelman, Tommy Fleetwood, Patton Kizzire, Joquin Niemann, $201,000.

T26 Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed, Corey Conners, Will Zalatoris, Sam Burns, Doc Redman, $143,000

T33. Abraham Ancer, Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Rory McIlroy, Seamus Power, Justin Thomas, Joel Dahmen, Tom Hoge, Sebastián Muñoz, $100,111.

T42. Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Scott Stallings, Kramer Hickok, $73,000.

T46. Troy Merritt, Peter Malnati, Adam Long, Maverick McNealy, $57,000

T50. Brice Garnett, Dylan Frittelli, Aaron Wise, $50,200

T53. Branden Grace, Jason Kokrak, $47,800

T55. Jimmy Walker, K.H. Lee, Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, $46,200.

T60. Michael Thompson, Sam Ryder, Denny McCarthy, $44,600

T63. Brian Harman, Chesson Hadley, Hank Lebioda, $43,400

T66. Nick Watney, Hayden Buckley, $42,400

T68. Bubba Watson, Lucas Herbert, $41,600

  1. Lee Hodges, $41,000
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Another hole-in-one! Viktor Hovland celebrates at the Players Championship

Viktor Hovland scores the second ace at this year’s Players Championship on the PGA Tour! In his third round, which was finished on Monday due to the weather, the Norwegian holes for eagle, his second of the round.

There are a total of four par-3 holes at TPC Sawgrass, the most notorious of which is 17 with the iconic island green. On this hole Shane Lowry scored the tenth ever hole-in-one in round 3 on Sunday, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Players Championship: Viktor Hovland with the ace

Now Viktor Hovland hits another ace at the flagship event of the PGA Tour, this time at the 8th hole. For the 24-year-old, who had started at the 10th tee, it was the second-last hole and he sank the ball from 219 yards. The shooting star had already scored an eagle on hole 2. Hovland finished the round with a total of 68 strokes and climbed a few places on the leaderboard. Before the final round, the three-time winner on the PGA Tour is at four-under-par.

Afterwards, Hovland celebrated with Kevin Streelman, similar to what Lowry and Poulter had done the day before.

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Player Championship 2022: Shane Lowry records 10th ace on 17

At the Players Championship, all eyes are on the famous 17th hole. A special highlight is when someone plays a hole-in-one on that very hole. It’s not very common, but at this year’s flagship event of the PGA Tour we saw the tenth ace in the tournament’s 40-year history at TPC Sawgrass.

Hole-in-one at the Players Championship 2022

In the third round of the tournament, which was marred by weather chaos, Shane Lowry holed the ball in one shot.

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Players Championship: The pros despair of the wind – 17 becomes a ball washer

The third day of the Players Championship greeted spectators and players with sunshine, but steady winds and gusts of over 40 kilometers per hour made it difficult for the players. On the legendary Stadium Course, Kopeka, Fleetwood and Co. battled with the unpredictable gusts of wind and had to leave more than one ball in the water. In total, the field sank 33 balls on the 17th hole alone in round 1 and the 2nd round that started.

Golf is hard: The highlight of the windy Saturday at the Players Championship

If you read through the scores achieved on the 17th hole, you might well think it was an amateur tournament. But the island green at TPC Sawgrass is a challenge even under good conditions. With the strong wind, however, the penultimate hole developed into a final opponent for the players. Only two birdies, but nine bogeys, ten double bogeys and even four worse scores were recorded by the field on the third day of the Players Championship. 60 players made it to the iconic 17th hole in the second round. But for about 31 percent of the players it went into the drop zone. On the par 3, which is only 125 meters long, only just under 60 percent have even made it onto the green.

But also on the other holes of the waterlogged course there were penalty strokes. The highlights and lowlights from Saturday can be seen in the video:

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Weather chaos at the Players Championship: Here’s how the second day is planned

Patience was needed on the first day of the Players Championship 2022. Due to a large rain and thunderstorm front, the golfers on the PGA Tour first had to wait an hour for their starting times and eventually pass the time in an interruption lasting over four hours. As a result, many players had not yet finished their first round, while others had not even started. Therefore, on Friday, for which rain is again forecast, the first round will be finished first before the players start on their second round.

The start times for the first round are scheduled for 07:15 local time (12:15 p..m. GMT). Only 69 players have already handed in their scorecards, twelve players had not even started yet. The last groups will start from the first and 10th tees on Friday morning at 7:26 a.m. local time (12:26 p.m. GMT) on the Players Stadium Course.

The second day of the Players Championship on the PGA Tour

The second round of the Players Championship is scheduled to start on Friday at around 11 a.m. local time (4 p.m. GMT). Whether everything can go ahead as planned will only become clear in the further course of the day. Interruptions are also to be expected on the second day on the PGA Tour, as the worst weather conditions of all tournament days are forecast for the day.

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The weather at the Players Championship 2022: Is a Monday Finish looming?

An hour later start and a thunderstorm interruption of over four hours: That was the first day of the Players Championship 2022 at TPC Sawgrass. What will the weather be like on the coming days of the PGA Tour’s most valuable tournament? And above all, in view of the already large shift in tee times: Will the tournament be able to be completed by Sunday or can a Monday finish be expected?

Even before the start of the Players Championship, the weather forecast looked anything but rosy. After the most beautiful weather in Florida prevailed in the past weeks, cool temperatures, rain and above all thunderstorms threatened for the Players Championship. The first effects were already felt on Thursday, but that was not all.

Players Championship 2022: More thunderstorms expected

On Friday, the worst weather conditions are expected, with a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms. Thunder and lightning may continue to occur through Saturday, with clearing not expected until midday Saturday. Sunday is the only tournament day where no rain is expected. But the temperatures will drop. With a predicted maximum temperature of 12 degrees Celsius, it could be the coldest day in tournament history.

In addition, the wind is expected to increase and could be a challenge for the players, especially on Saturday. The fact that the wind is expected to come in four different directions during the tournament doesn’t make things any easier.

PGA Tour Meterologist Wade Stettner expressed optimism all things considered, however. “I think they’ll be able to play some golf every day. Also, the amount of rain we’re expecting doesn’t look like so much that the course will be unplayable because the drainage is good and there’s technology installed to pull the moisture out of the greens.”

Will there be a Monday Finish at the Players Championship?

If the cut is decided, there’s also the possibility of speeding up play over the weekend by sticking with flights of three and starting two tees. So while a Monday finish is not yet necessarily expected, it remains to be seen.

The last time there was a Monday Finish at the Players Championship was in 2005. After a nice first day, the second round was a complete washout. Some players went on the course, but their results were cancelled and the round was restarted on Saturday. However, there were also repeated interruptions during the weekend, so that a large part of the third round and the complete fourth round had to be played on Monday. The tournament even threatened to drag into Tuesday because of a playoff between Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Luke Donald and Joe Durant, but Funk secured the win with a par putt.

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Players Championship: Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama WDs

The flagship tournament of the PGA Tour, the Players Championship, started on Thursday morning local time in Florida. At the TPC Sawgrass, however, the fans will have to do without another top-class player. Hideki Matsuyama has cancelled his participation in the “fifth major” at short notice due to injury.

Players Championship: Hideki Matsuyama withdraws

The Japanese player is suffering from a “persistent back injury”, the PGA Tour announced. Hideki Matsuyama was supposed to play the first two rounds at TPC Sawgrass together with Joaquin Niemann and Cameron Smith. However, due to the injury of the reigning Masters champion, Patrick Rodgers will now tee off for Matsuyama.

Matsuyama already with two wins on the PGA Tour this season

Matsuyama is generally in good form this season. The 30-year-old won already two times on the PGA Tour and recorded two top-10 finishes. Most recently he finished tied for 20th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As a result, the FedExCup runner-up was considered one of the favourites to win the Players Championship. Matsuyama stood at the top of the leaderboard when the tournament was cut short by corona in 2020. After Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods, Matsuyama is thus the next well-known professional to miss the tournament. In a few weeks, the first Major of the year will begin for professional golfers. At Augusta National, Matsuyama will tee off as the defending champion. How serious the injury of the Japanese Major winner is and whether his participation in the Masters is in danger is still unclear at the moment.

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Watch out for these golfers at the Players Championship 2022

The Players Championship is also called the “fifth major”. It is the first highlight of the year and the tournament with the largest prize money on the PGA Tour. The field of participants is peppered with the absolute top players in the world and thus promises a tough fight for the title. From the top 50 in the world rankings, almost all players will compete in the Players Championship, so it is difficult to identify clear favourites. Nevertheless, we want to get an overview of the field’s strongest competitors.

Players Championship victory could affect world ranking

The tournament’s biggest favourites are, of course, the players in the top 10 of the official World Golf Ranking. All ten will be travelling to Florida in a bid to take the title from last year’s winner Justin Thomas. Thomas himself, currently number 7 in the world, will be there to try and defend the title. He won the 20-million-dollar tournament in 2021 and has already proven that he has the ability and the nerve to prevail against the strong field. A clear advantage.

Jon Rahm, currently number 1 in the world rankings, is under particular pressure. He is in danger of losing his leading position on the world ranking list after 34 weeks. No less than four players could pass him with a good result this week: Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler. They are all hot on the Spaniard’s heels and will leave no stone unturned to climb to the top of the world rankings.

Pressure on Jon Rahm

Viktor Hovland has been in particularly good form in recent weeks, winning once already this year, finishing second once and recording two more top-10 finishes. Scottie Scheffler is also a strong threat to Rahm: the American has already won two of five tournaments this year.

One of them was last weeks Arnold Palmer Invitational. But Patrick Cantlay, last season’s FedEx Cup winner, and Collin Morikawa, who has been lying in wait for Jon Rahm at number two in the world rankings for some time now, will also put Rahm under pressure. Morikawa currently leads several rankings on the PGA Tour and broke last years record with a 66 at the Players Championship.

Other players in the top 10 who will be competing at TPC Sawgrass are Rory McIlroy (winner of the 2019 Players Championship), Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith.

Sergio Garcia also has an impressive record. He has made the cut at TPC Sawgrass 17 times in a row, a feat many a golfer has despaired of. In addition to eight top-15 finishes, he has finished third once, second twice and won the tournament once. Not to be forgotten: his hole-in-one on the famous 17th hole in 2017.

Even underdogs can surprise on the PGA Tour

Not only the winners can sow panic. This year, for example, four winners celebrated a victory on the PGA Tour for the first time before the start of March. They are Tom Hoge, Scottie Scheffler, Luke List and Sepp Straka. They will all be competing again this week.