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WGC-Cadillac Championship purse: Huuuge payout up for grabs at Trump Doral

Only the majors and The Players have more prize money than the massive WGC purses.

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There's no better deal in golf than playing the World Golf Championships. Only the four majors and The Players have bigger purses, and those events don't hand out guaranteed checks just for showing up.

At the WGCs, however, the field is limited and there's no cut, meaning you can mail it in from your very first tee ball on Thursday and still take home more than $45,000. That exact thing happened this week, when Steven Bowditch posted four rounds in the 80s to finish 37-over and in dead last by a good 14 shots. According to Golf Channel research ace Justin Ray, no player has ever posted four rounds in the 80s in the last 30 years on Tour. The no-cut setup of this event helps, but there are other WGCs besides this one and also no cuts at a few other events throughout the year. For his historic efforts, Bowditch will still cash $48 for his 65th-place finish, which is not bad work if you can find it.

Maybe we should have seen this mail-in coming?

Bowditch at least gets to keep his last-place cash. A couple other players who qualified but could not play will have to donate their checks to charity.

Sangmoon Bae started two years of mandatory military service in South Korea back in October after the Presidents Cup. But Bae had done enough work over the past year to not tumble too far down the world rankings these last few months so he technically still had a spot in the field. Of course, he's otherwise engaged and his $47,000, still technically earned by him, will be donated. Jim Furyk gets the same deal because he's qualified but has a medical injury reason for not playing.

So those are the some of the wonderful benefits of playing horribly, or not at all, at a WGC. At the top, it's obviously a monster payout. This is the rare event where even the second-place finisher makes seven figures. The WGC purses were already enormous but then the PGA Tour went ahead and bumped them up another $500,000 this year.

The total purse is $9.5 million at this WGC-Cadillac Championship and the winner will get $1.62 million. The four majors and The Players all pay their winner about $1.8 million of a $10 million purse, an arms race that The Players and PGA Championship started two years ago. We'll see if any of those marquee tournaments make a move this year and escalate things above that $10M mark.

Rory McIlroy started the day in control but he's lost that 3-shot cushion he enjoyed. Even though this is one of the most lucrative tournaments in the game, McIlroy cares more about putting a win up on the board before the Masters. He's got $45,430,817 in career earnings and obviously much, much more in off-course earnings. He said at last year's TOUR Championship that the $10 million FedExCup prize, the biggest windfall in the game, was an "amount of money doesn't sort of mean much to me anymore."

Here's the full payout breakdown -- totals will change with ties and we'll update when the scores are final.

UPDATE: Adam Scott is your winner, going back-to-back on the PGA Tour and now passing the $50 million mark for career earnings.

Place Player Score Payout
1 Adam Scott -12 $1,620,000
2 Bubba Watson -11 $1,018,000
T3 Danny Willett -10 $483,000
T3 Rory McIlroy -10 $483,000
5 Phil Mickelson -9 $342,000
6 Jimmy Walker -8 $280,000
7 Paul Casey -6 $240,000
T8 Rickie Fowler -5 $197,500
T8 Smylie Kaufman -5 $197,500
10 Harris English -4 $165,000
T11 Jason Dufner -3 $145,000
T11 Sergio Garcia -3 $145,000
T11 Rafael Cabrera Bello -3 $145,000
T14 Bernd Wiesberger -2 $120,000
T14 Louis Oosthuizen -2 $120,000
T14 Dustin Johnson -2 $120,000
T17 Justin Rose -1 $102,167
T17 Jordan Spieth -1 $102,167
T17 Andy Sullivan -1 $102,167
T17 Scott Piercy -1 $102,167
T17 Charl Schwartzel -1 $102,167
T17 Charley Hoffman -1 $102,167
T23 Branden Grace E $91,000
T23 Brooks Koepka E $91,000
T23 Jason Day E $91,000
T23 Kevin Kisner E $91,000
27 Russell Knox 1 $86,000
T28 Henrik Stenson 2 $79,429
T28 Soren Kjeldsen 2 $79,429
T28 Matt Kuchar 2 $79,429
T28 Daniel Berger 2 $79,429
T28 Graeme McDowell 2 $79,429
T28 Marc Leishman 2 $79,429
T28 Anirban Lahiri 2 $79,429
T35 Justin Thomas 4 $72,500
T35 Shane Lowry 4 $72,500
T35 Kevin Na 4 $72,500
T35 Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 $72,500
T35 Hideki Matsuyama 4 $72,500
T35 Jamie Donaldson 4 $72,500
41 Billy Horschel 5 $69,000
T42 Chris Wood 6 $66,000
T42 Kyung-tae Kim 6 $66,000
T42 Ross Fisher 6 $66,000
T42 Martin Kaymer 6 $66,000
T42 Danny Lee 6 $66,000
T47 Emiliano Grillo 7 $62,500
T47 Zach Johnson 7 $62,500
T49 David Lingmerth 8 $60,000
T49 Bill Haas 8 $60,000
T49 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 8 $60,000
T52 Victor Dubuisson 9 $56,500
T52 Patrick Reed 9 $56,500
T52 Byeong-Hun An 9 $56,500
T52 Robert Streb 9 $56,500
56 Nathan Holman 10 $54,000
57 George Coetzee 11 $53,000
58 Fabian Gomez 12 $52,000
59 J.B. Holmes 13 $51,000
60 Marcus Fraser 14 $50,500
T61 Jordan Zunic 15 $49,750
T61 Yusaku Miyazato 15 $49,750
63 Scott Hend 22 $49,000
64 Kristoffer Broberg 23 $48,500
65 Steven Bowditch 37 $48,000