AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There was a lot on the line Sunday at the 2021 Masters, and while a cash prize is not at the top of the list for most of the best golfers in the world, there was still a significant sum available to be claimed at Augusta National. Golfers play for a green jacket, a major championship and also a big check in the first major of the year.
One decade and one day removed from earning low-amateur honors at the 2011 Masters, a distinction that carries with it no prize money, Hideki Matsuyama is the man taking home the green jacket from the 85th Masters and a pot of gold to boot. The 29-year-old captured his first career major championship and became the first Japanese male golfer to win a major by conquering Augusta National on Sunday.
The Masters purse is again set at $11.5 million for the third straight year with the winner bringing home 18% of that sum for winning Augusta National and taking down one of the best Masters fields of all time. The Masters champion's prize is more than $2 million, and while runner-up Will Zalatoris won't get a green jacket, the second-place prize of $1.24 million is not too shabby either. That's more than the winner's share at nearly every professional golf tournament around the globe in any given year.
The Masters purse is so impressive that the third-place finisher (in this case finishers, as Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele tied) will receive as much as the entire field did when Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters. So while one of the last thing a green jacket-earner will be thinking about come Sunday evening (or Monday morning) is how much money will hit his bank account next week, it's still tremendous money for the work.
Here's a look at all the prize money and payouts for the 85th Masters.
2021 Masters prize money, purse, payouts
Total purse: $11.5 million
Payouts projected based on 2020 prize money breakdown
1st (Winner): $2,070,000 -- Hideki Matsuyama
2nd: $1,242,000 -- Will Zalatoris
3rd: $782,000 -- Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele ($667,000)
5th: $460,000 -- Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman ($437,000)
7th: $385,250 -- Justin Rose
8th: $356,500 -- Patrick Reed, Corey Conners ($345,000)
10th: $310,500 -- Cameron Smith, Tony Finau ($299,000)
12th: $264,500 -- Webb Simpson, Stewart Cink, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim, Robert MacIntyre, Brian Harman ($218,500)
18th: $172,500 -- Tyrrell Hatton, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler ($161,000)
21st: $138,000 -- Harris English, Shane Lowry, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland ($119,600)
26th: $92,000 -- Paul Casey, Abraham Ancer, Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen, Cameron Champ, Matt Jones, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel ($79,925)
34th: $64,975 -- Michael Thompson, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Wallace, Ryan Palmer ($60,662.50)
38th: $54,050 -- Martin Laird, Henrik Stenson ($52,900)
40th: $49,450 -- Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Gary Woodland, Sebastian Munoz, Mackenzie Hughes, Joaquin Niemann, Bernd Wiesberger ($43,700)
46th: $35,650 -- Brendon Todd, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood ($33,503.33)
49th: $29,900 -- Jason Kokrak
50th: $28,980 -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Billy Horschel ($28,635)
When golfers tie for a position, their share of the purse is an average of what those competitors would be paid if they were positioned in order. Every professional golfer who finishes lower than 50th will receive cash prizes ranging downward from $28,290 depending on their scores and finishes among the field. A total of 54 golfer made the cut this year.