AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There was a lot on the line Sunday at the 2022 Masters, and while a cash prize is not necessarily at the top of the list for many of the best golfers in the world, there was still a significant sum available to be claimed at Augusta National. There were 52 golfers who made the weekend with an opportunity to play for a green jacket, major championship and significant check, yet it was 36- and 54-hole leader Scottie Scheffler who made history by claiming the first major title of his career.
Scheffler finished 1 under Sunday and 10 under for the Masters, edging second-place finisher Rory McIlroy on the Masters leaderboard by three strokes. McIlroy scored the round of the tournament with an 8-under 64, matching the lowest final-round score in Masters history. While he did fall short of the career grand slam, McIlroy nevertheless captured a lot of cash on Sunday.
The 2022 Masters purse was set at a record $15 million, paying out a total of $3.5 million more than it has in any prior edition of the tournament. Scheffler will bring home 18% of that sum ($2.7 million) for winning at Augusta National and taking down an extraordinarily talented Masters field. That $2.7 million is the same total purse that was paid out to the entire Masters field when Tiger Woods won his first green jacket in 1997.
While McIlroy did not receive the coveted green jacket, he will claim $1.62 million. That's more than the winner's share at nearly every professional golf tournament around the globe in any given year. In fact, 2022 is also the first Masters in which the third-place finisher was set to receive a seven-figure payday. That's more than the entire field brought home when Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters.
Cameron Smith entered Sunday in second looking to push Scheffler down the stretch for the green jacket. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep pace with Scheffler and scored a triple bogey on the 12th, knocking him out of second place into a tie for third with Shane Lowry. Rather than claim McIlroy's $1.62 million price, he will earn about half of that with he and Lowry splitting the next two prizes for $870,000 paydays.
Let's take a look at the entire prize money breakdown from the Masters.
2022 Masters prize money, purse, payouts
Total purse: $15 million
1st (Winner): $2.7 million -- Scottie Scheffler
2nd: $1,620,000 -- Rory McIlroy
3rd: $1,020,000 -- Shane Lowry, Cam Smith ($870,000 each)
5th: $600,000 -- Collin Morikawa
6th: $540,000 -- Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners ($521,250 each)
8th: $465,000 -- Justin Thomas, Sungjae Im ($450,000 each)
10th: $405,000 -- Cameron Champ, Charl Schwartzel ($390,000 each)
12th: $345,000 -- Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett ($330,000 each)
14th: $285,000 -- Matthew Fitzpatrick, M.W. Lee, Harry Higgs, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Talor Gooch, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Kokrak ($225,333 each)
23rd: $156,000 -- Harold Varner, Robert MacIntyre, Sergio Garcia, JJ Spaun ($138,250 each)
27th: $115,500 -- Viktor Hovland, Seamus Power, Jon Rahm ($111,000 each)
30th: $102,000 -- Russell Henley, Sepp Straka, Lucas Glover, Hudson Swafford, Marc Leishman ($93,150 each)
35th: $81,000 -- Joaquin Niemann, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson ($75,563 each)
39th: $67,500 -- Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson, Tom Hoge, Si Woo Kim ($63,000 each)
43rd: $55,500 -- Billy Horschel
44th: $52,500 -- Kevin Kisner, Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($51,000 each)
46th: $46,500 -- Cameron Davis
47th: $43,500 -- Tiger Woods
48th: $41,100 -- Adam Scott, Max Homa ($40,050 each)
50th: $37,800 -- Mackenzie Hughes, Daniel Berger ($37,350 each)
Tyrrell Hatton (+17) finished in 52nd place after a final-round 8-over 80.
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 $36,900 depending on their scores and finishes among the field. A total of 52 golfers made the cut this year.