AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The latest in Masters news (all local times):
The winner of the Masters receives a gold medal, a green jacket, a lifetime invitation to Augusta National and a sterling silver trophy.
And this year, more money than anyone has ever won at the Masters.
Augusta National announced on Saturday that the winner of this year’s tournament will receive $2.7 million out of a total purse of $15 million. Both are tournament records.
That’s an increase of about 30% from last year, when Hideki Matsuyama earned $2.07 million on an $11.5 million purse.
In terms of total dollars, this is by far the largest one-year increase in Master’s history. In percentage terms, the tournament had a bigger jump from 1982 to 1983, when both the purse and the winner’s share increased by around 40%. The winner in 1982 got $64,000; the winner in 1983 received $90,000.
The Masters purse and first-place check now match what’s offered in the first two stages of the FedEx Cup playoffs — the St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship.
If Tiger Woods finishes eighth or better, he will eclipse $10 million in career earnings alone. A solo eighth would net $465,000. Woods entered this week with $9,556,069 in Masters career earnings, by far the most in tournament history.
It’s sunny, it’s cool and the third round of the Masters has started at Augusta National.
The temperature was in the low 50s when play started for the day on Saturday, unusually cool for the season. But the rain from earlier in the week is long gone, with puffy clouds the only thing blocking the view of blue skies over the Masters.
Scottie Scheffler has a five-shot lead heading into the third round. He won’t play until 2:50 p.m. and will play with Charl Schwartzel.
Tiger Woods is nine strokes back to start the day. He leaves at 1 p.m.
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