The 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on the PGA Tour is taking place from April 29 to May 3, 2015, at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the PGA players at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
The WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship has been played annually since 1999, and always as a single elimination match play event. In 2015, round robin pool play has been introduced that will take place from Wednesday to Friday, and then the winners from that will advance to single elimination play on Saturday and Sunday to determine the overall winner.
Tiger Woods holds the record for most wins in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship with three (2003, 2004, 2008). Geoff Ogilvy (2006, 2009) is the only other player to have won this event at least twice.
Tiger Woods did not qualify for this event in 2015. Phil Mickelson qualified but pulled out at the last minute citing personal reasons. Rory McIlroy has yet to win the event, though, he was runner-up in 2012, and Rory is playing and is co-favored to win the 2015 Match Play Championship with golf’s newest superstar Jordan Spieth.
The rest of the 64 player field comes from the highest available players ranked on the official World Golf Ranking. That list includes last year’s winner Jason Day, as well as previous winners like Matt Kuchar (2013), Hunter Mahan (2012), Ian Poulter (2010), and Henrik Stenson (2007). The overall field is superb and this should be a great event in 2015.
Total prize money for the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship has been raised 2.8% from $9 million in 2014 to $9.25 million in this year. As you can see below this is a very rich golf tournament that offers some huge payouts and every one of the 64 golfers competing is guaranteed to win some money with the 64th player making $46,000.
PGA golf prize money up for grabs at 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship
- Winner – $1.57 million
The winner of the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship will earn a very cool paycheck of $1.57 million. That is up 2.6% over the $1.53 million that Jason Day earned when he won last year.
- Second place or runner-up – $930,000
The runner-up or second place finisher will earn a not too shabby paycheck of $930,000 in prize money. That’s up 2.7% over the $906,000 that Victor Dubuisson earned last year as the runner-up.
- Third place – $646,000
Third place is worth $646,000. Up 2.5% over the $630,000 that Rickie Fowler earned at the Match Play Championship when he finished third last year.
- Fourth place – $520,000
Up 2% over the $510,000 that Ernie Els earned by finishing fourth last year.
- Fifth place tie – $285,000 (four players will tie four fifth)
The four players who finish tied for fifth will each earn $285,000 at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. That’s up 1.8% over the $280,000 that Jordan Spieth, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, and Louis Oosthuizen earned when they tied for fifth last year.
- Ninth place tie – $150,000 (eight players will tie for ninth)
The eight players tying for ninth place will each earn $150,000. That’s up 1.4% over the $148,000 the ninth place finishers earned last year.
- 17th place – $110,000
- 18th place – $102,000
- 19th place – $98,000
- 20th place – $94,000
After 20th place, the prize money drops by $2,000 for each player from spots 21 ($92,000) to 28 ($78,000).
From spots 29 ($77,000) to 56 ($50,000) the prize money drops by $1,000 for each spot.
From spots 57 ($49,500) to the last place finisher at 64 ($46,000) the prize money drops by $500 per spot. So the minimum that a player will earn at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship is $46,000.