The Masters Tournament, considered the most prestigious championship in golf, has become a poorer relation in this era of irrational spending by golf’s feuding powers.

The winner of the 2023 Masters will pouch a tournament record $3.24m (£2.6m) in prize money. Should that be Brooks Koepka, he will be taking a pay cut of $760,000 on the $4m cheque he banked for winning the LIV Golf League event in Orlando last week.

Though the total Masters prize pot of $18m is up $3m on last year it is still $2m less than the augmented $20m pot available at next week’s PGA Tour “elevated event”, the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in neighbouring South Carolina.

And that suffers in comparison to the $25m prize fund at each of 13 LIV Golf League tournaments, not to mention the monumental $50m sum to be won at the concluding LIV Golf League team event.

Masters prize money 2023

  • 1st: $3,240,000
  • 2nd: $1,944,000
  • 3rd: $1,224,000
  • 4th: $864,000
  • 5th: $720,000
  • 6th: $648,000
  • 7th: $603,000
  • 8th: $558,000
  • 9th: $522,000
  • 10th: $486,000
  • 11th: $450,000
  • 12th: $414,000
  • 13th: $378,000
  • 14th: $342,000
  • 15th: $324,000
  • 16th: $306,000
  • 17th: $288,000
  • 18th: $270,000
  • 19th: $252,000
  • 20th: $234,000
  • 21st: $216,000
  • 22nd: $201,600
  • 23rd: $187,200
  • 24th: $172,800
  • 25th: $158,400
  • 26th: $144,000
  • 27th: $138,600
  • 28th: $133,200
  • 29th: $127,800
  • 30th: $122,400
  • 31st: $117,000
  • 32nd: $111,600
  • 33rd: $106,200
  • 34th: $101,700
  • 35th: $97,200
  • 36th: $92,700
  • 37th: $88,200
  • 38th: $84,600
  • 39th: $81,000
  • 40th: $77,400
  • 41st: $73,800
  • 42nd: $70,200
  • 43rd: $66,600
  • 44th: $63,000
  • 45th: $59,400
  • 46th: $55,800
  • 47th: $52,200
  • 48th: $49,320
  • 49th: $46,800
  • 50th: $45,360

The hostile weather that forced the suspension of play at 4:21pm on day two returned to wipe out day three an hour earlier at 3:17pm. The third round is scheduled to restart at 8.30am (1.30pm BST) on Sunday with the final group resuming on the seventh green.

Overnight leader Koepka enjoyed a lie-in whilst half the field returned to complete their second rounds, including second-placed Jon Rahm, who began the day on the 10th green. Rahm completed his round in 69 to close within two shots of Koepka. The pair went out in the final group alongside amateur Sam Bennett.

Koepka reached 13 under par at the second with a neat five-foot birdie after Rahm had already moved to 11 under with a birdie of his own. Though Rahm would drop shots at holes four and five to fall four behind, a two-shot swing could reverse the damage should he sink a nine-foot birdie putt when play resumes and Koepka fails to make par from 11 feet.

Super difficult is how Koepka described the sodden conditions. “Ball’s not going anywhere. You’ve got rain to deal with, and it’s freezing cold. It doesn’t make it easy.

You’ve got to make some pressure putts. You know it was going to be a difficult day. You’ve just got to grind through it and try to salvage something.”

With a first Masters victory in sight Koepka has no concerns about the 29-hole slog in front of the final group. “It’s part of the deal. I’m pretty sure I’ll be up for it considering it is the Masters. So I don’t think anybody should have a problem with that.”

Copy that said Rahm. “Pretty much similar to today. So, yeah, a lot of holes. But feeling good, feeling strong, and keep it going. When you’re in the position we’re in, adrenaline kicks in and it doesn’t really matter.”

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