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Garcia wins largest cheque in major championship history

A major, a jacket and a cheque for US$1,980,000 (Photo: Getty Images)
Not that he is in a position to have to worry about such things but, today, Sergio Garcia not only won his first major championship but he won the largest ever cheque in the history of major championship golf.

The US$1,980,000 he collected for his share of the US$10 million overall purse was US$180,000 ahead of that which Danny Willett won last year and was more than 1300 times the US$1500 Horton Smith collected he won the inaugural Masters in 1934.

The first prize at The Masters went beyond US$1 million for the first time when Tiger Woods won his second Masters title in 2001, that amount more than twice the US$486,000 Woods pocketed when he won his first major and first Masters in 1997.

Interestingly, in two months’ time, the record major figure earned by Garcia will be surpassed when the US Open is played at Erin Hills in June with US$2,160,000 of the massive US$12,000,000 purse going to the winner who, now that he has broken through, could potentially be Garcia himself.   

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