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PGA Tour players don’t go away empty-handed

Half of record $15 million purse is distributed among the 144 competitors after the 1st round of the Players Championship, resulting in a $52,083 payday from the aborted event

52,083: Amount, in dollars, to be given to each of the 144 golfers who competed in the first round of the aborted Players Championship, the PGA Tour announced Friday, citing Tour regulations. The amount represents half of the record $15 million purse that was up for grabs before the tournament was scrapped after the first round late Thursday because of the widening coronavirus pandemic. When commissioner Jay Monahan was asked by Golfweek’s Adam Schupak, a former Morning Read contributor, whether C.T. Pan would be given a share, Monahan curtly responded, “He did not compete in the tournament.” Pan pulled out before play began, citing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and was replaced by Brendan Steele. Monahan cited Tour regulations as the reason to distribute equally among the competitors 50 percent of the purse if one round is completed. The payout is unofficial earnings.

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