Shell Houston Open purse: Matt Jones cashes career paycheck, clinches Masters spot

Scott Halleran

The Houston Open took a ridiculous turn in the final hour with Matt Kuchar squandering a big lead, and Matt Jones chipping in for the biggest moment of his career to date.

Matt Jones did not only earn his first ever Masters berth on Sunday with a thrilling chip-in playoff victory at the Shell Houston Open, but he also walked away with a career payday. Jones, a 33-year-old Australian, will cash a $1,152,000 winner's check that should help with the last-minute travel changes he must now make for Augusta.

Before today, Jones had career earnings of $7.413M and just two major championship appearances, the 2009 U.S. Open and last year's PGA Championship. Now he's got his first million dollar payday and his first invite from the green jackets at Augusta National. He had made $453k on the season so far, so Sunday's win is a life-changing moment in multiple ways.

Matt Kuchar, the man who gave away a four-shot lead (and six-shots over Jones) on Sunday, adds another $691, 200 to his coffers. Kuchar is one of the most consistent players in the world, and cashes large six-figure checks on almost a weekly basis. But his two terrible approach shots on the 18th, the first a pull into the water in regulation and the second a push into a bunker in the playoff, will shake his recent peaking trend heading into the Masters. He's now closing in on $30 million in career earnings with today's boost, but that first major title still eludes him.

Here's the full payout breakdown from the Shell Houston Open's $6.4 million purse:

Place Player Score Payout
1 Matt Jones -15 $1,152,000
2 Matt Kuchar -15 $691,200
3 Sergio Garcia -13 $435,200
4 Cameron Tringale -12 $307,200
5 Shawn Stefani -10 $256,000
6 Rickie Fowler -9 $230,400
T7 Rory McIlroy -8 $186,240
T7 Russell Henley -8 $186,240
T7 Brice Garnett -8 $186,240
T7 Ryan Palmer -8 $186,240
T7 Retief Goosen -8 $186,240
T12 Erik Compton -7 $125,440
T12 Chris Stroud -7 $125,440
T12 Phil Mickelson -7 $125,440
T12 J.B. Holmes -7 $125,440
T12 Ben Curtis -7 $125,440
T17 Lee Westwood -6 $99,200
T17 Martin Flores -6 $99,200
T19 Jonathan Byrd -5 $77,568
T19 Freddie Jacobson -5 $77,568
T19 Graham Delaet -5 $77,568
T19 Jason Gore -5 $77,568
T19 Charl Schwartzel -5 $77,568
T24 Nicholas Thompson -4 $50,651
T24 Jimmy Walker -4 $50,651
T24 Steve Stricker -4 $50,651
T24 Michael Putnam -4 $50,651
T24 Luke Donald -4 $50,651
T24 Jim Renner -4 $50,651
T24 Andres Romero -4 $50,651
T31 Carl Pettersson -3 $37,952
T31 Ryo Ishikawa -3 $37,952
T31 Hunter Mahan -3 $37,952
T31 Kevin Chappell -3 $37,952
T31 Jon Curran -3 $37,952
36 James Hahn -2 $32,960
T37 Jeff Overton -1 $28,160
T37 Bill Haas -1 $28,160
T37 John Huh -1 $28,160
T37 Brendon de Jonge -1 $28,160
T37 David Toms -1 $28,160
T37 Charley Hoffman -1 $28,160
T43 Angel Cabrera E $18,374
T43 Justin Hicks E $18,374
T43 Jeff Maggert E $18,374
T43 Brendon Todd E $18,374
T43 Keegan Bradley E $18,374
T43 Ben Crane E $18,374
T43 Camilo Villegas E $18,374
T43 Ricky Barnes E $18,374
T43 Ernie Els E $18,374
T43 Brian Gay E $18,374
T43 Hudson Swafford E $18,374
T54 John Merrick 1 $14,656
T54 Kyle Stanley 1 $14,656
T54 John Mallinger 1 $14,656
T54 Henrik Stenson 1 $14,656
T58 Brian Harman 2 $14,208
T58 Stewart Cink 2 $14,208
T58 Harrison Frazar 2 $14,208
T61 Webb Simpson 3 $13,760
T61 Robert Garrigus 3 $13,760
T61 Michael Thompson 3 $13,760
T61 Davis Love III 3 $13,760
T65 John Rollins 4 $13,312
T65 Chris Kirk 4 $13,312
T65 Justin Leonard 4 $13,312
68 Kevin Kisner 5 $13,056
T69 Greg Chalmers 6 $12,864
T69 Tommy Gainey 6 $12,864
71 Tyrone van Aswegen 7 $12,672
T72 Jhonattan Vegas 8 $12,480
T72 J.J. Henry 8 $12,480
T74 Bubba Dickerson 9 $12,224
T74 Stephen Ames 9 $12,224
76 Roberto Castro 11 $12,032

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