It seemed like a disappointing Thursday for American Daniel Berger at the WGC-Bridgestone; he drove his first shot 307 yards, tweaked his shoulder, and decided to shut it down for the tournament rather than risk a more serious injury.
That swing earned him $50,000.
By taking a shot in a tournament that has not cut, Berger guaranteed a 61st (last) place finish for himself. That means a payday of $50,000. If he had withdrawn from the tournament before teeing off, he would have received nothing. It hasn’t been a bad year for Berger overall by any stretch of the imagination. He finished tied for 10th at The Masters and won the St. Jude Classic two weeks ago, which is how he wound up in the field at Bridgestone.
Still, earning more money for a single shot into the fairway than he did for a 37th place at the US Open ($46,170), not to mention more money than a good number of people reading (and writing) this blog make in a year, is quite the turn of a shot for the 23-year-old Floridian.