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Posted April 13, 2019, 12:54 pm
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Winner's check at Masters now worth more than $2 million

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This year’s Masters winner will earn more than $2 million in prize money.

The total purse increased to $11.5 million, and the champion will get $2,070,000, according to a news bulletin issued by Augusta National.

It’s the first time a Masters champion will make that much money. Patrick Reed won $1,980,000 last year.

The prize money is a far cry from the early days of the tournament, when Horton Smith collected $1,500 for winning the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament.

First-place money at the Masters increased to $2,500 after World War II, and more than quadrupled to $11,250 when Arnold Palmer won for the first time in 1958.

Ben Crenshaw was the first to earn more than $100,000, cashing a check for $108,000 in 1984. Nearly two decades later, Tiger Woods became the first million-dollar winner at the Masters. His 2001 victory was worth $1,008,000.

By comparison, three-time Masters champion Gary Player collected $413,162 in his 52 appearances between 1957 and 2009.

“I won it three times, second three times, top-10 15 times, most number of cuts, most number of times played, and I didn’t win (that much),” Player said Saturday.

“That’s all right,” he said. “We didn’t play for the money. Arnie, Jack (Nicklaus) and I wanted to be the best. We didn’t think of the money.”

Prize money for the rest of the places in the field also increased, with 50th place earning $28,980. The remainder of the professionals in the field will receive money ranging downward from $28,290 depending on scores.

Last year, professionals in the field who missed the cut each received $10,000.

2019 Masters Tournament purse and prize money breakdown by position:

Total: $11,500,000

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 

21st: $138,000 

22nd: $128,800 

23rd: $119,600 

24th: $110,400 

25th: $101,200 

26th: $92,000 

27th: $88,550 

28th: $85,100 

29th: $81,650 

30th: $78,200 

31st: $74,750 

32nd: $71,300 

33rd: $67,850 

34th: $64,975 

35th: $62,100 

36th: $59,225 

37th: $56,350 

38th: $54,050 

39th: $51,750 

40th: $49,450 

41st: $47,150 

42nd: $44,850 

43rd: $42,550 

44th: $40,250 

45th: $37,950 

46th: $35,650 

47th: $33,350 

48th: $31,510 

49th: $29,900 

50th: $28,980

Players who did not make the cut will each receive $10,000.

Amateurs receive no money prizes.