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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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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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