The golfing term drive for show, putt for dough, was never truer than on the 18th hole at The Players Champion on TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.
Jason Dufner was 17-feet for birdie and set to be all alone in second place behind Webb Simpson. The payout was a cool $1.18 million if he could hit the birdie putt. He missed the putt, but then stood over a 5-foot putt for par.
The difference between tied for second and tied for fifth place was in the balance, and Dufner lipped out what should have been an easy conversion.
— Steve Scott (@sscottpga) May 13, 2018
The difference in payouts is striking. Dufner makes the 17-footer, and he takes home $1.18 million. He makes the 5-foot putt; he earns over $726,000. Instead, he walks out of there with $418,000 and a lot of pain, even in the wallet.
The Players Championship Payout
Dufner’s three-putt all had implications on rankings, FedEx Cup points and even Ryder Cup standings. For Ryder Cup, every $1,000 in prize money is worth a point. If Dufner made the putt, he would have earned 1,188 points and moved into the top 15 in the Ryder Cup standings.