It’s not breaking news that the purses on the US PGA Tour are enormous. Thank Tiger Woods, Tim Finchem and TV contracts. It’s really, really good to be a US PGA Tour golfer. As it should be.
Exhibit A was on display this morning at the WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone Country Club. Last place at any World Golf Championship event this year has a payout of $50,500. Just tee it up, and you’re guaranteed that money.
Daniel Berger withdrew after one tee shot, citing a shoulder injury. And the reaction on social media is pretty comical:
Daniel Berger walking back to the clubhouse after withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational following first tee shot pic.twitter.com/B4hejN7i4C
— Eric Garland (@EricJGarland) June 30, 2016
Daniel Berger after he hit his opening tee shot pic.twitter.com/jEzvmG5thU
— Dan Hauser (@DanHauserGolf) June 30, 2016
Thank god at no point this week did I like Daniel berger pic.twitter.com/ZjItEvH8bc
— johnnyvegass (@johnnyvegasss) June 30, 2016
Sure, a $50,000 payday for one golf shot seems absurd for the 25-year-old. But hey, would any of us do something different?
Unlike a normal field tour event, Berger’s withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone didn’t prevent any alternate from a spot in the field. Good for him. That’s something that never plays well among tour pros.