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
Round of 16 – $365,000
Those not qualifying with two points each earned $219,909
Si Woo Kim
1.5 points each earned $166,000
1 point each earned $113,761
Min Wo Lee
Half point earned $74,857
0 points consolation prize worth $67,500 each
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