Masters champ will pocket record prize money

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For the first time in the history of the Masters, the winner will get a cheque for more than $2m to stuff into the inside pocket of the Green Jacket.

£2,070,000 to be precise.

That’s more than some of the players in the field this week – such as Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira – have earned in their entire PGA Tour careers to date.

It’s also up by $90,000 on the money Patrick Reed banked for winning the tournament last year. 

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Even the runner-up (in the event of a player finishing solo second) will trouser a seven-figure sum, taking home $1,242,00 of the record $11,500,000 total kitty.

The money on offer for winning the first men’s major championship has increased exponentially since Horton Smith won $1,500 for claiming the inaugural edition in 1934. 

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This graph shows the full extent of the increase.

Masters Winners Cheque

Here’s a breakdown of the money at stake for the top 20 professionals in the final round.

1st $2,070,000 
2nd $1,242,000 
3rd $782,000 
4th $552,000 
5th $460,000 
6th $414,000 
7th $385,250 
8th $356,500 
9th $333,500 
10th $310,500 
11th $287,500 
12th $264,500 
13th $241,500 
14th $218,500 
15th $207,000 
16th $195,500 
17th $184,000 
18th $172,500 
19th $161,000 
20th $149,500 

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