SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER kept his nerve to win the first Major title at the 2022 Masters.
The 25-year-old Dallas star was nearly flawless as he continued his remarkable rise over the past 12 months.
Scheffler has now won four PGA Tour events this season and is proud to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
His Masters triumph now puts him in an elite group and at times he made the notoriously unforgiving Augusta National look easy.
And it certainly did wonders for his bank balance too.
There was a total of $15 million in prize money to be shared among participants in Augusta, with the winner taking home a whopping $2.7 million.
That’s an increase of $600,000 from the $2.07 million Collin Morikawa secured for winning the tournament in 2021.
The purse boost made this year’s edition of the Masters the highest-ever prize fund at a Major.
Rory McIlroy hit a stunning round of 64 to propel himself into second place and pocketed $1.62 million for his efforts.
While Shane Lowry and Cameron Smith took third place, each taking home around $870,000.
But it was Scheffler who was the day’s big winner, with his winnings propelling his 2021-22 total earnings to a whopping $10,098,014.
‘I LOVE THIS PLACE’
He hit 278 shots in his four rounds in Georgia, meaning every drive, wedge and putt on his way to the Green Jacket netted the humble American $9,721.
Over the grueling four days, golfers will compete over 72 holes, with Scheffler pocketing $37,500 EVERYONE hole he played this week.
Remarkably, that’s just $300 less than the $38,500 earned by England’s Tyrell Hatton for the entire tournament despite making the cut and finishing 52nd.
Scheffler’s final lap ended in a bizarre way as the perennial world No. 1 proved he’s just like us – by finishing 18th place fourth.
But the outcome was never really in doubt, as Scheffler partied in typically low-key fashion with his wife Meredith.
He revealed he “cried like a baby” before the start of the round and felt “overwhelmed” by the situation.
He said: “I dreamed of playing in this tournament, I was in tears when I got my first invitation in the mail.
“I love this place and if you pick one tournament to win, it would be this.
“You don’t know how many chances you have of winning, you don’t want to waste them, and the human condition is to make things bigger than they are and you think it’s a lot bigger than it is.
“I don’t know what to say to be honest, I’m just really grateful to be in this position. I don’t think anything has sunk. My head is still spinning.”
Despite being the richest prize ever awarded at a major, the $15 million isn’t the biggest fund on the PGA Tour.
That honor goes to the Players’ Championship, which split $20 million between participants this year.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5098190/scottie-scheffler-prize-money-masters/ US star Scottie Scheffler was making $9,721 a shot in his brilliant Masters triumph when Augusta’s prize money collapsed