Sunday was another lucrative day for Tiger Woods, who picked up his fifth winner's check of the 2013 season. Woods collected $1.5 million for wining the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament with one of the largest purses all season on the PGA Tour. Tiger's season earnings now total almost $7.7 million, and his career earnings (just from PGA Tour wins) are in excess of $121 million.
The WGC events, of which there are three during the PGA Tour regular season, carry larger purses than even the four major championships. Sunday's total purse was worth $8.75 million, with the majors paying out $8 million. This was Tiger's 18th career WGC win and the second of this season, another $1.5 million WGC check coming earlier in March at the Cadillac Championship at Doral. In addition to the two WGC wins, Tiger also captured the biggest prize all season -- the Players Championship, which doles out $1.71 million to the winner. With three of those five victories coming at the most lucrative events, Tiger has a firm grip atop the money list and that likely won't change unless someone gets incredibly hot during the FedExCup Playoffs.
There is some angst about the WGC events precluding the regular touring pros from getting a shot at some of these bigger purses. The argument is that it's a cycle hard to break into as the invitees continue to boost their world rankings, earnings and FedExCup points at a no-cut limited field event -- enhancing their appeal and ability to keep qualifying for those same events. You're earning a nice check just for showing up as opposed to grinding to get to the weekend. There is some merit to the argument, but it's likely nothing is going to change given the draw and cash dedicated to these tourneys. Here are the full payout totals for the 73-man field:
|T21||Bo Van Pelt||1||$81,167|
|72||Jaco Van Zyl||25||$41,500|