Moneyball: Hovland cashes in as Schauffele’s consoles himself with bridesmaid gold

Mark McGowan

Viktor Hovland (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Viktor Hovland may not have managed to get a maiden Major title on his resumé in 2023, but the 25-year-old finished runner-up at the PGA Championship and was inside the top-20 at each of the other three majors and secured his eighth worldwide win at the Tour Championship at East Lake, taking with it the $18 million first prize, taking his fortnightly earnings to $21.6 million.

Xander Schauffele, who now has an outright win and two low-72-hole scores [albeit jointly with Hovland this year] at East Lake, will have to console himself with the $6.5 million runner-up prize, while U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark, whose breakout year had already seen him earn almost seven times what he’d managed in his previous best year, added an additional $5 million to the kitty.

Rory McIlroy, who it had been feared would have to withdraw pre-tournament with a muscular back injury gets $4 million for soldiering on to the end and impressively taking fourth, while Scottie Scheffler, who had the opportunity to take on-course earnings to almost $40 million for the year had he made full use of pole position and gone on to win, will have to settle for a $2 million payout.


Here are the Tour Championship payouts in full….

1 Viktor Hovland -27 $18,000,000
2 Xander Schauffele -22 $6,500,000
3 Wyndham Clark -16 $5,000,000
4 Rory McIlroy -14 $4,000,000
5 Patrick Cantlay -13 $3,000,000
T6 Collin Morikawa -11 $2,000,000
T6 Tommy Fleetwood -11 $2,000,000
T6 Scottie Scheffler -11 $2,000,000
T9 Adam Schenk -10 $990,000
T9 Keegan Bradley -10 $990,000
T9 Max Homa -10 $990,000
T9 Matt Fitzpatrick -10 $990,000
T9 Sam Burns -10 $990,000
T14 Russell Henley -9 $780,000
T14 Sepp Straka -9 $780,000
T16 Rickie Fowler -8 $710,000
T16 Tyrrell Hatton -8 $710,000
T18 Lucas Glover -7 $670,000
T18 Jon Rahm -7 $670,000
T20 Tony Finau -6 $620,000
T20 Tom Kim -6 $620,000
T20 Si Woo Kim -6 $620,000
23 Brian Harman -4 $580,000
24 Sungjae Im -3 $565,000
25 Nick Taylor -2 $550,000
26 Corey Conners -1 $540,000
27 Jordan Spieth 1 $530,000
28 Jason Day 3 $520,000
T29 Taylor Moore 6 $505,000
T29 Emiliano Grillo 6 $505,000


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