Players Championship 2014 Payout: Overview of Final Prize Money Purse

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 12, 2014

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11:  Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the winner's trophy after his one-stroke victory at THE PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Players Championship, also known as the year's fifth major, certainly lived up to its billing Sunday.

In a dramatic twilight finish, Martin Kaymer held off clubhouse leader Jim Furyk to notch his first victory of the season.

Here's how the final leaderboard looked:

Kaymer got off to a fast start at TPC Sawgrass, recording a 63 and 69 Thursday and Friday. The weekend was more challenging for the German, as he posted a 72 Saturday and a 71 Sunday.

Still, it was good enough for the win.

Here's a look at the payouts for each of the tournament's top players:

2014 Players Championship Leaderboard and Payouts
PositionPlayerTo ParEarnings
1Martin Kaymer-13$1,800,000
2Jim Furyk-12$1,080,000
3Sergio Garcia-11$680,000
T4Justin Rose-10$440,000
T4Jordan Spieth-10$440,000
T6Jimmy Walker-9$313,000
T6Rory McIlroy-9$313,000
T6Lee Westwood-9$313,000
T6David Hearn-9$313,000
T6Francesco Molinari-9$313,000
T11Brian Davis-8$240,000
T11Gary Woodland-8$240,000

It was really Kaymer's week. He took home the biggest check after a trying final round.

He began Sunday looking steady as ever, notching two birdies and seven pars on the front nine for a two-under 34. Continuing that pace on the back nine, he birdied the par-five 11th hole after a great up and down from a greenside bunker.

Take a look at his phenomenal short game:

His hot streak wouldn't last forever, as a devastating double bogey at the par-four 15th brought him back to just one stroke better than Furyk.

The difficult par-three 17th island green almost got the best of Kaymer as well. However, his winding 28-foot par putt would be a huge factor in his win.

Here'a a look at his flawless stroke:

Simply incredible. Kaymer went on to par the 18th hole just as the sun was setting to earn the one-stroke victory.

Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel tweeted Kaymer's two very impressive PGA Tour victories:

Kaymer certainly felt the same way during his post-round press conference, according to a tweet from The Players:

This tournament was just another near miss for Furyk; he recently finished in second at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Furyk's bogey-free round Sunday was almost good enough to force a playoff. He was on point all day, firing darts at pin locations throughout the course.

This approach to the par-four 10th really sums up his day:

Unfortunately, the same could not be said for 20-year-old Jordan Spieth.

Entering the day in the final pairing and tied for the lead, he had yet to record a single blemish on his scorecard through 54 holes.

That all changed Sunday.

His five bogeys overshadowed his three birdies on the day for a final round of 74 which dropped him to a tie for fourth place.

Despite his disappointing Sunday, this young player shows plenty of promise. His maturity, smooth swing and prowess around the greens bodes well for what should be a very bright future on the PGA Tour.

Spieth's name is already well known in PGA circles. Kaymer was excited to play the final round with Spieth, according to a tweet from The Players:

Many of these players will now shift their focus to the HP Byron Nelson Championship beginning May 15 at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas.


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