New study reveals highest earners per stroke in Masters history

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In addition to a Green Jacket and an invitation to take part in the tournament for the rest of your days, a Masters champion also pockets a serious amount of money.

Last year, there was a total prize fund of $11,500,000 at the opening men’s major of the year, $2,070,000 of which went to the winner, Hideki Matsuyama.

Ahead of this year’s tournament, taking place at Augusta National next week, a new study has revealed which players have earned the most money per stroke in Masters history.

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Will Zalatoris, who finished second on his debut last year, tops the standings, having made $4,608.75 per stroke.

He’s followed by, believe it or not, Len Mattiace. The two-time PGA Tour winner only played in The Masters three times, missing the cut twice and finishing second on the other occasion, to Mike Weir in 2003. He has $2,899.68 to show for his efforts. 

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When it comes to the Champions’ earnings per stroke, ranking only those who have won the Masters before, Jordan Spieth leads the way, having coined in $2,842.44 per stroke, around $300 more per shot than five-time champion Tiger Woods ($2,545.63).

Woods’ most lucrative week at Augusta, incidentally, came in 2019, where he earned $8,353 per shot.

The 15-time major champion also tops the non-adjusted Masters career money list. He has made $9,556,069 from his 27 Masters appearances.

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