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Northern Trust Open purse: Jason Kokrak closing in on career payout at Riviera

A win on Sunday would deliver Kokrak a check that's almost equal to the yearlong earnings of the best season of his career.

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The day started at the Northern Trust Open with the most stacked leaderboard of the young year. There were bombers and world-class millionaires all over the first page of the board. Bubba Watson led, and Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, and Justin Rose were all within shouting distance. None of those guys really need another winner's check.

But as we come down the stretch, it's the relatively unknown and unheralded Jason Kokrak who is closing in on the first win of his career. Kokrak holds a two-shot lead with four holes to play and has been the one player on the board who has not looked sloppy or given away shots in this final round at Riviera. If you're a close follower of the Tour then you've heard his name before, but he hasn't exactly hauled in the cash over the years. He's a bigger guy who drives the ball a mile, but has not found the winner's circle.

Well, a win on Sunday in Los Angeles will net Kokrak a $1,224,000 first-place check. The purse at the Northern Trust Open is one of the richer prizes for a regular PGA Tour event (not counting the majors, WGCs, Players). The total is $6.8 million, the second-highest of the year so far behind last week's $7 million purse at Pebble Beach.

Kokrak is facing a nervy final four holes, but even if he does give away that two-shot lead, he should cash a hefty six-figure check from wherever he lands on the leaderboard. As ESPN Golf noted, the winner's check would just about equal the earnings of his best year on Tour ($1,267,525).

For comparison's sake, Kokrak's career earnings total $4,901,149, while Bubba Watson, his closest chaser, has banked $33,997,929.

We'll update the official payout totals when the tournament goes final.

UPDATE: Welp, Kokrak opened the door for Bubba over the final four holes, and the 2014 winner at Riviera took advantage to win again and take home another $1 million-plus paycheck. The final payout totals:

Place Player Score Payout
1 Bubba Watson -15 $1,224,000
T2 Adam Scott -14 $598,400
T2 Jason Kokrak -14 $598,400
4 Dustin Johnson -13 $326,400
T5 Marc Leishman -12 $258,400
T5 K.J. Choi -12 $258,400
7 Chez Reavie -11 $227,800
T8 Matt Kuchar -10 $204,000
T8 Sung-hoon Kang -10 $204,000
10 Ryan Moore -9 $183,600
T11 Martin Laird -8 $144,160
T11 J.B. Holmes -8 $144,160
T11 Steve Stricker -8 $144,160
T11 Troy Merritt -8 $144,160
T11 Hideki Matsuyama -8 $144,160
T16 Ben Martin -7 $105,400
T16 Adam Hadwin -7 $105,400
T16 Justin Leonard -7 $105,400
T16 Justin Rose -7 $105,400
T20 Seung-yul Noh -6 $73,667
T20 William McGirt -6 $73,667
T20 Jamie Lovemark -6 $73,667
T20 Luke List -6 $73,667
T20 Tyrone van Aswegen -6 $73,667
T20 Rory McIlroy -6 $73,667
T26 Gary Woodland -5 $44,385
T26 Nick Taylor -5 $44,385
T26 Aaron Baddeley -5 $44,385
T26 Ricky Barnes -5 $44,385
T26 Harold Varner, III -5 $44,385
T26 Carlos Ortiz -5 $44,385
T26 Kyle Reifers -5 $44,385
T26 Ernie Els -5 $44,385
T26 Stuart Appleby -5 $44,385
T26 Jon Curran -5 $44,385
T26 Kevin Chappell -5 $44,385
T37 Spencer Levin -4 $32,640
T37 Camilo Villegas -4 $32,640
T39 David Toms -3 $27,200
T39 Harris English -3 $27,200
T39 Scott Brown -3 $27,200
T39 Anirban Lahiri -3 $27,200
T39 Brendan Steele -3 $27,200
T39 Paul Casey -3 $27,200
T45 Stewart Cink -2 $19,059
T45 Charl Schwartzel -2 $19,059
T45 Fabian Gomez -2 $19,059
T45 Luke Donald -2 $19,059
T45 Vijay Singh -2 $19,059
T45 Padraig Harrington -2 $19,059
T45 Retief Goosen -2 $19,059
T52 Francesco Molinari -1 $16,184
T52 Patton Kizzire -1 $16,184
T54 Jamie Donaldson E $15,504
T54 Justin Thomas E $15,504
T54 Derek Fathauer E $15,504
T54 Billy Horschel E $15,504
T54 Mark Hubbard E $15,504
T59 Ben Crane 1 $14,892
T59 Will MacKenzie 1 $14,892
T59 Chris Stroud 1 $14,892
T59 Carl Pettersson 1 $14,892
T63 Andrew Loupe 2 $14,416
T63 Charley Hoffman 2 $14,416
T63 Cameron Smith 2 $14,416
T66 J.J. Henry 3 $14,076
T66 Chad Collins 3 $14,076
T68 Cameron Tringale 4 $13,668
T68 Andy Sullivan 4 $13,668
T68 Morgan Hoffmann 4 $13,668
T68 Jason Dufner 4 $13,668
T72 Brian Harman 5 $13,260
T72 Mark Wilson 5 $13,260
T72 Charlie Danielson 5 $0
75 Charles Howell III 6 $13,056
76 Rhein Gibson 7 $12,920