Bridgestone Invitational 2013 purse: Tiger Woods earns 5th $1 million payout of season

Gregory Shamus

The richest golfer in the history of the game adds another big check to his coffers with an eighth win at the lucrative WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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:

Place Player Score Payout
1 Tiger Woods -15 $1,500,000
T2 Keegan Bradley -8 $692,500
T2 Henrik Stenson -8 $692,500
T4 Zach Johnson -6 $321,667
T4 Miguel Jimenez -6 $321,667
T4 Jason Dufner -6 $321,667
T7 Bill Haas -5 $205,000
T7 Chris Wood -5 $205,000
T9 Martin Kaymer -4 $145,750
T9 Jim Furyk -4 $145,750
T9 Richard Sterne -4 $145,750
T9 Luke Donald -4 $145,750
13 Steve Stricker -3 $114,000
T14 Webb Simpson -2 $102,667
T14 Harris English -2 $102,667
T14 Adam Scott -2 $102,667
T17 Jamie Donaldson -1 $93,000
T17 Justin Rose -1 $93,000
T19 Ian Poulter E $89,000
T19 John Merrick E $89,000
T21 Michael Thompson 1 $81,167
T21 Charl Schwartzel 1 $81,167
T21 Bo Van Pelt 1 $81,167
T21 Hideki Matsuyama 1 $81,167
T21 Phil Mickelson 1 $81,167
T21 Rickie Fowler 1 $81,167
T27 Russell Henley 2 $73,500
T27 Paul Casey 2 $73,500
T27 Paul Lawrie 2 $73,500
T27 Matt Kuchar 2 $73,500
T27 Rory McIlroy 2 $73,500
T27 Bubba Watson 2 $73,500
T33 Dustin Johnson 3 $68,000
T33 Boo Weekley 3 $68,000
T33 Brandt Snedeker 3 $68,000
T33 Peter Hanson 3 $68,000
T33 Ryan Moore 3 $68,000
T38 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 4 $64,500
T38 Angel Cabrera 4 $64,500
T40 Sergio Garcia 5 $61,500
T40 Lee Westwood 5 $61,500
T40 Graeme McDowell 5 $61,500
T40 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 $61,500
T44 Billy Horschel 6 $57,500
T44 Stephen Gallacher 6 $57,500
T44 Nick Watney 6 $57,500
T44 Francesco Molinari 6 $57,500
T48 Shane Lowry 7 $53,000
T48 Martin Laird 7 $53,000
T48 Richie Ramsay 7 $53,000
T48 Thorbjorn Olesen 7 $53,000
T48 Ernie Els 7 $53,000
T53 Jason Day 8 $48,875
T53 David Lynn 8 $48,875
T53 Sang-Moon Bae 8 $48,875
T53 Matteo Manassero 8 $48,875
T57 Derek Ernst 9 $47,250
T57 Nicolas Colsaerts 9 $47,250
T59 Kevin Streelman 10 $45,750
T59 Scott Piercy 10 $45,750
T59 Jonas Blixt 10 $45,750
T59 D.A. Points 10 $45,750
T63 Brett Rumford 12 $44,250
T63 Brian Gay 12 $44,250
T65 Tommy Gainey 13 $42,800
T65 Mikko Ilonen 13 $42,800
T65 Satoshi Kodaira 13 $42,800
T65 Ken Duke 13 $42,800
T65 Branden Grace 13 $42,800
70 Carl Pettersson 15 $42,000
71 Toru Taniguchi 20 $41,750
72 Jaco Van Zyl 25 $41,500
73 Daniel Popovic 34 $41,250

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