PGA Tour player collects $50k for hitting one shot at Bridgestone Invitational

Daniel Berger hit exactly one golf ball at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday before withdrawing due to a shoulder injury. It was obviously disappointing for the 23-year-old who won his first PGA Tour event a few weeks ago, but he’ll have a fat check to cash regardless.

Because he officially teed off, Berger will collect $50,500 for effectively finishing in last. Not bad for a few minutes on the course.

This is the case because the Bridgestone Invitational doesn’t have a 36-hole cut, meaning every player takes home some cash just for participating. 

Obviously, he would have preferred to play all four rounds and put himself in contention for the $1.62 million first-place prize money. But at least he won’t walk away empty-handed.