Money games: The eye-watering payout for Burns and co in Austin

Sam Burns (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

An exhausted Sam Burns would’ve slept soundly on Sunday night. Hell, if he was stuck for a bed, he could’ve slept on a mattress made up of stacks of dollars bills after collecting the biggest cheque of his career at the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC.

Burns steamrolled fellow American Cam Young 6&5 in the final and is now $3.5 million richer after coming out on top after five days of battle in a brilliant competition that’s sadly been dropped from the PGA TOUR schedule next year.

“This week is as mentally exhausting as it is physically,” Burns reflected. “I think after 10 holes this morning, my caddie, Travis, kind of gave me a good kick in the butt and said, ‘Come on man, let’s go, you got this’.


“And I really needed it at the time. Man, he was rock solid all week. I couldn’t have done it without him. I’m just so thankful that he was out there with me battling every step of the way and thankful that we were the last one standing.”

Indeed, Burns had 3.5 million reasons to be thankful. Here’s the breakdown of prize-money from the $20m event in Austin, including a fine consolation prize for those who failed to pick up a single point all week.

Win: Sam Burns, $3,500,000

2: Cameron Young, $2,200,000

3: Rory McIlroy, $1,420,000

4: Scottie Scheffler, $1,145,000

Beaten Quarterfinalists earned $770,000

Mackenzie Hughes

Jason Day

Xander Schauffele

Kurt Kitayama

Round of 16 – $365,000

Max Homa

Patrick Cantlay

Matt Kuchar

J.T. Poston

J.J. Spaun

Lucas Herbert

Andrew Putnam

Billy Horschel

Those not qualifying with two points each earned $219,909

Rickie Fowler

Brian Harman

Cam Davis

Ryan Fox

Si Woo Kim

Tony FInay

Adrian Meronk

Taylor Montgomery

Russell Henley

Corey Conners

Sungjae Im

1.5 points each earned $166,000

Davis Riley

Keegan Bradley

Collin Morikawa

1 point each earned $113,761

Tom Kim

Jon Rahm

Scott Stallings

Nick Taylor

Hideki Matsuyama

Kevin Kisner

Justin Suh

Aaron Wise

Harris English

Viktor Hovland

Victor Perez

Matt Fitzpatrick

Min Wo Lee

Sahith Theegala

Jordan Spieth

Shane Lowry

Seamus Power

Adam Scott

Adam Hadwin

Ben Griffin

Davis Thompson

Half point earned $74,857

Alex Noren

Keith Mitchell

Denny McCarthy

Chris Kirk

Adam Svensson

Tommy Fleetwood

Maverick McNealy

0 points consolation prize worth $67,500 each

K.H. Lee

Tom Hoge

Will Zalatoris

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Tyrrell Hatton

Sepp Straka

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