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How Much Did Sergio Win At The Masters?

We were curious just how much cash Sergio Garcia was going to take home after winning The Master’s Golf tournament this past Sunday. We realize Sergio has been on tour for nearly 20 years, has won and competed in hundreds of tournaments over the years, and also has a number of high paying sponsors.  Basically, he doesn’t need the money, but he did earn a substantial portion for winning it all.

If you had to guess, would you say he won:
The correct answer is not provided above. Sergio actually pocketed nearly 2 million.  The payout for first place was $1,980,000.

Here are the payouts for the top 50 scorers at the 2017 Masters, from
1st: $1,980,000
2nd: $1,188,000
3rd: $748,000
4th: $528,000
5th: $440,000
6th: $396,000
7th: $368,500
8th: $341,000
9th: $319,000
10th: $297,000
11th: $275,000
12th: $253,000
13th: $231,000
14th: $209,000
15th: $198,000
16th: $187,000
17th: $176,000
18th: $165,000
19th: $154,000
20th: $143,000
21st: $132,000
22nd: $123,200
23rd: $114,400
24th: $105,600
25th: $96,800
26th: $88,000
27th: $84,700
28th: $81,400
29th: $78,100
30th: $74,800
31st: $71,500
32nd: $68,200
33rd: $64,900
34th: $62,150
35th: $59,400
36th: $56,650
37th: $53,900
38th: $51,700
39th: $49,500
40th: $47,300
41st: $45,100
42nd: $42,900
43rd: $40,700
44th: $38,500
45th: $36,300
46th: $34,100
47th: $31,900
48th: $30,140
49th: $28,600
50th: $27,720 

The number that really caught our eye was the difference between Sergio and Justin Rose. The final playoff hole was worth nearly a million dollars.  Maybe that explains all the pressure and nerves on the final 9 holes at Augusta.

Image courtesy of: Northern Trust Open

Image courtesy of: Northern Trust Open

Sergio Garcia Wins The Masters

It has taken nearly two decades, but Sergio Garcia has finally won a major golf tournament.  Sergio held off Justin Rose on Sunday, and won in the first playoff hole of the Masters.  It was an exciting finish, and the Major Sergio has been searching for since he landed on the PGA tour.

Image courtesy of: Northern Trust Open

Although Sergio was able to win his first major, it didn’t happen easily.  He needed a little help in a playoff after he missed a short putt on the final hole of regulation.  If you want to see the monkey climbing off his back, this should do it.

We Weren’t The Only Ones That Like John Rahm To Win The Masters

We posted a few days ago that the rising star, Jon Rahm could be a contender this weekend to win The Masters in Augusta. Obviously, we are not alone in that prediction, especially since the worlds #1 player, Dustin Johnson is watching from home nursing a back injury.  Here is an article posted on SBNation.

Rahm’s length makes him dangerous at Augusta

His average driving distance this year on the PGA Tour is 303 yards, which ranks him 22nd among tour players. He smashed an outrageous 426-yarder off the tee last month at the World Golf Championship’s Dell Match Play event, where he finished in another tie for third. That was his worst placement in two WGC events in March.

Rahm has been devastatingly good in 2017. He is fourth in FedEx Cup points, and he’s got four top-10s and a Farmers Insurance Open win in his seven starts. He hasn’t finished lower than 16th in any event. He’s played with the sort of consistency that should allow a now-22-year-old to stay competitive at a vexing place like Augusta.
Long drives might be especially critical this week. Rain is expected at Augusta throughout Wednesday, and it’s likely to be cool there on Thursday and Friday. This probably will not be a fast golf course, at least at first, so players running shorter tee shots up Augusta’s pristine fairways might find trouble.

If you can mash the ball, you’re less vulnerable. This will make Rahm more dangerous, along with players like world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Hudson Swafford, Hideki Matsuyama, and Rickie Fowler. Length is going to matter.


Rahm shot a two-under 70 on Friday, to go along with his 73 on Thursday.  This puts him in contention at -1 going into the weekend, and is just a few strokes off the lead at this time.  The kid can absolutely bomb it, and was the only person to birdie 13 on Friday, and he actually had an eagle putt that he left just short.  

Rahm is likely a bit disappointed after his round on Friday as he had a short 7 foot putt on 18 that just missed, which would have put him behind leaders Sergio Garcia and Charley Hoffman. If this guy is experiencing any nerves for playing at The Masters for the first time, he is obviously not showing it at this time.  This weekend should be a lot of fun to watch!

What Is The Record For Most Birdies In One Tournament At The Masters?

After Charley Hoffman’s amazing performance on Thursday with 9 birdies, questions started to arise about the most birdies in a weekend at Augusta.  9 Birdies is pretty amazing, but would you believe it wasn’t the best of all time?  How about not even second of all time?  Hoffman’s performance on Thursday placed in the the #3 spot.  Here is the list of most birdies in one complete tournament at The Masters.

Most Birdies, One Tournament
28 – Jordan Spieth, 2015
25 – Phil Mickelson, 2001
24 – Jose Maria Olazabal, 1991
24 – Tiger Woods, 2005
24 – Justin Rose, 2015
23 – Seve Ballesteros, 1980
23 – Tommy Nakajima, 1991
23 – Raymond Floyd, 1992
23 – David Duval, 2001
23 – Tiger Woods, 2001
23 – Jason Day, 2011

Charley Hoffman Takes Day 1 Lead At The Masters

In of the the best rounds ever at Augusta National on Thursday, Charley Hoffman destroyed the competition and managed to tame a very difficult day at the Masters.  Finishing the day at -7 for a round of 65, Hoffman made 9 birdies on a very windy day in Augusta Georgia, and leads by 4 strokes going into Friday morning.  This is the first time Hoffman has ever lead a major championship on any day.

Image courtesy of: Northern Trust Open

Hoffman consider his round to be very fortunate, and made some long putts on the back nine to keep his momentum going.  He stated “(It was) a little bit lucky. Fortunate I put myself in spots to be able to make putts. Doesn’t mean you’re going to make them out here. I was able to make some longer putts, which you’re just trying to die it up there close to the hole, and they were able to go in.”

Hoffman, with his short and compact swing, took some advice from his caddie on the range and early on in the round. Once he felt he was square to the target, he took aim at the flags and kept knocking them down.  In the amazing round of 65, it is worth mentioning Hoffman drained 9 birdies, had two bogeys, and most notably, a long Par saving putt on 13.

What Is The Record For Birdies At Augusta?

There have been some amazing rounds at Augusta over the years, but making 9 birdies in one round definitely raised some questions about who has made the most birdies in any round at The Masters.  Hoffman’s round on Thursday places him in third place all time for most birdies in one round.  Anthony Kim has 11 birdies in his second round of 2009, and Nick Price had 10 Birdies in his third round of 1986.

Can This Rookie Win At Augusta?

As the golf season truly kicks off this week with The Masters, our first major of the year has plenty of story lines.  Can Phil claim his 4th Green jacket? Will Dustin Johnson continue his fine play and capture the title?  Is Jordan Sieith going to make a 6 on Sunday afternoon on 12 and eliminate himself from contention? Can the rookie Jon Rahm, at just the age of 22, win at Augusta which favor long hitters?

The article below by Todd Schneider breaks down a few stats that may make Rahm one of the favorites for you to pick in your office pool this weekend.

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Excerpt from This is How You Master The Masters

How to gain (and lose) strokes

Before we can isolate the quality of a player’s long game, we need a framework for evaluating every single shot he takes. That’s where “strokes gained” comes in: Developed by Mark Broadie, a business professor at Columbia University,1 the statistic uses data from ShotLink — a laser-tracking system that records the location of the ball on every shot — to estimate how many strokes a typical player would need to get the ball into the hole from any given spot on the course. In turn, those numbers can be used to evaluate every player on the PGA Tour, by comparing his performance on each incremental shot in a round to the average.

Here’s an example: Let’s say a player tees off on a hole where the average is 4.2 strokes to hole out. He hits a great drive down the middle, his ball coming to rest in a spot on the fairway from which the average player would take an additional 2.8 strokes to hole out. In other words, that one shot essentially did the work of 1.4 shots by an average player — his drive “gained” him 0.4 strokes on the field.2 Add up these marginal gains and losses, and you get a sense of not only who the best players are, but also why they’re so great — where on the course they gain their edge over the field.

The PGA Tour breaks “strokes gained” down into four categories: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting. There are also two aggregate categories: total strokes gained, which is the sum of all categories, and strokes gained: tee-to-green, which is the sum of the non-putting categories. Each stroke a player gains is important, but the driving and approach categories — the ones Rahm excels in — are where great players separate themselves the most from their peers.

“Drive for show, putt for dough” is a myth



Jason Dunfer Win CareerBuilder Challenge

Former Auburn All-American and present Auburn men’s golf volunteer trainer Jason Dufner won the CareerBuilder Challenge by defeating David Lingmerth using a par on the next hole of a playoff on Sunday.  Dufner procured his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday since the 2013 PGA Championship, defeating on Lingmerth on the second playoff hole at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California on Sunday, January 24th, 2016.

“This is the best tour on earth,” Dufner said, “For me to win this week I feel like I was among the greatest players on the planet this week.”

A 2000 Auburn grad, Dufner, fired a 25-under 263 including a set of 64s in the third and initial rounds. He entered having a two-stroke lead, but Lingmerth fought back to tie up things on the 16th hole using a birdie.

Jason Dufner wins CareerBuilder Challenge

(Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

Dufner was a walk-on at Auburn where he won three times in his school career and was an Honorable Mention All-American choice in 1997.

“I am excited with this year,” he said after his fourth PGA Tour success. I am excited to see gains this early in the year. I want to continue to stay focused and have a great 2016 season.  Last year I felt like there were moments when everything was clicking, but I wasn’t able to capitalize on it enough. I feel like I am doing a few things that are genuinely significant in 2016″.

Dufner located himself on the par-3 17th as he was in the stone off the border of the island green. He acquired an incredible shot only missing birdie, and that dribbled bouncing off the pin. Lingmerth and the pair made par and par, respectively in the 18th to send it.

Lingmerth virtually took control in the 18th to the initial playoff hole but missed his birdie opportunity to give a chance to create a clutch par putt to Dufner, again.

In the water, Lingmerth’s approach shot landed on the next sudden death hole.

Lingmerth posted a seven-under par 65 and caught Dufner to the closing holes to enter the playoff. Nevertheless, a missed birdie chance about another shot to the water on the 2nd playoff hole along with the initial playoff hole cost him an opportunity to win.

Phil Mickelson shot at a four-under par 68 and tied for third in his first beginning of 2016.

Dufner has three top-10 finishes on the season. He formerly concluded ninth at both the Sony Open as well as the RSM Classic in Hawaii. He tied for first at the Franklin Templeton Shootout that was unofficial. PGA Tour his total six Dufner’s $1,380,025 brought in 21 starts last

Together with the triumph, Dufner bound 22 positions in the FedEx Cup standings to eighth and is likely to leap from his No. 120 world rank that he came into the week with.


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PGA Tour Schedule For 2016

The 2016 PGA Tour Schedule has been released, and we are excited to see the best golfers compete in 2016.  Can Jordan Spieth continue on the success built in 2015?  Will some of the legends such as Phil Mickelson come out and try to spoil some of the parties anticipated by Rory, Duffner, Day, or Bubba.  The season started in Hawaii on January 7th, and will continue until the Ryder cup later in the year.  We love golf as much as you do, and will keep you up to date on everything related to the golf world.  If you haven’t be sure to subscribe to The Golfers Newsletter for information sent to your email weekly.  See ya next time!

Jan 7-10 Hyundai Tourn Kapalua, Hawaii Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course $5,900,000 The Golf Channel Jordan Spieth
Jan 14-17 Sony Open Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Golf Course $5,800,000 The Golf Channel Fabian Gomez
Jan 21-24 CareerBuilder La Quinta, California La Quinta CC, Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, TPC Stadium Course at PGA West $5,800,000 The Golf Channel Jason Dufner
Jan 28-31 Farmers Insurance La Jolla, California Torrey Pines – South Course, Torrey Pines – North Course $6,500,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 4-7 Phoenix Open Scottsdale, Arizona TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course $6,500,000 The Golf Channel
Feb 11-14 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, California Pebble Beach, MPCC – Shore Course, Spyglass Hill $7,000,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 18-21 Northern Trust Pacific Palisades, California Riviera Country Club $6,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 25-28 Honda Classic Palm Beach Gardens, Florida PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course $6,100,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 3-6 WGC-Cadillac Doral, Florida TPC Blue Monster at Doral $9,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 10-13 Valspar Champ Palm Harbor, Florida Innisbrook – Copperhead Course $6,100,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 17-20 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard , Bay Hill Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 23-27 WGC Match Play Austin, Texas Austin Country Club $9,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 24-27 Puerto Rico Open Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Trump International – Puerto Rico $3,000,000 The Golf Channel
Mar 31-Apr 3 Houston Open Humble, Texas Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course $6,800,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 7-10 The Masters Augusta, Georgia Augusta National $10,000,000 ESPN/CBS
Apr 14-17 RBC Heritage Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Harbour Town Golf Links $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 21-24 Texas Open San Antonio, Texas AT&T Oaks Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 28-May 1 Zurich Classic Avondale, Louisiana TPC Louisiana $7,000,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 5-8 Wells Fargo Charlotte, North Carolina Quail Hollow Club $7,300,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 12-15 PLAYERS Champ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida THE PLAYERS Stadium Course $10,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
May 19-22 Byron Nelson Irving, Texas TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas $7,300,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 26-29 Colonial National Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club Course $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 2-5 Memorial Tourn Dublin, Ohio Muirfield Village Golf Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 9-12 St. Jude Classic Memphis, Tennessee TPC Southwind $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 16-19 US Open Oakmont, Pennsylvania Oakmont Golf Course $10,000,000 FOX
Jun 23-26 QuickLoans Nat Bethesda, Maryland Congressional CC – Blue Course $6,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 30-Jul 3 Barracuda Champ Reno, Nevada Montreux Golf and Country Club $3,200,000 The Golf Channel
Jun 30-Jul 3 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational Akron, OH Firestone Country Club $9,500,000 CBS – HD National/The Golf Channel
Jul 7-10 Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia The Old White TPC $6,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 14-17 Barbasol Champ Opelika, Alabama Robert Trent Jones at Grand National – Lake Course $3,500,000
Jul 14-17 British Open Gullane, Royal Troon $9,300,000 ESPN
Jul 21-24 RBC Canadian Open Oakville, Ontario Glen Abbey $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 28-31 PGA Champ Springfield, New Jersey Baltusrol Golf Club-Lower Course $10,500,000 TNT/CBS – HD National
Aug 4-7 Travelers Champ Cromwell, Connecticut TPC River Highlands $6,600,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 11-14 J Deere Classic Silvis, Illinois TPC Deere Run $4,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 18-21 Wyndham Champ Greensboro, North Carolina Sedgefield Country Club $5,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 25-28 The Barclays Farmingdale, New York Bethpage State Park – Black Course $8,500,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Sep 2-5 Deutsche Bank Norton, Massachusetts TPC Boston $8,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 8-11 BMW Champ Carmel, Indiana Crooked Stick Golf Club $8,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 22-25 THE TOUR Champ Atlanta, Georgia East Lake Golf Course $8,500,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 30-Oct 2 Ryder Cup Chaska, Minnesota Hazeltine TBA ESPN/NBC