US Open 2022: USGA puts US Open purse at all-time high for men’s majors | Golf News and Tour Information


BROOKLINE, Mass. – They’re playing for history at the US Open this week, with a major championship title something everyone in the 156-man squad aspires to win. But they will also be playing for a historic sum of money.

On Wednesday, USGA CEO Mike Whan announced that the overall US Open purse had been increased to $17.5 million, an increase of $5 million from 2021. In turn , the Country Club winner on Sunday will receive $3.15 million, up from the $2.25 million Jon Rahm won a year ago at Torrey Pines.

The announcement makes the US Open the most lucrative of the four major men’s tournaments, a title previously shared by the PGA Championship and the Masters. These two championships had increased their purses earlier this year to $15 million.

It is no coincidence that the majors make such big moves with their price gains. There has been a lot of talk lately about what professional golfers earn. Massive cash prizes have fueled interest in the LIV Golf Invitational series, which paid out Charl Schwartzel $4 million for his individual victory in last week’s first event with $20 million distributed to 48 competitors.

On the PGA Tour, overall prize money payouts during the 2021-22 season jumped to $427 million from $367 million the previous year. And the Players Championship still has a bigger prize money ($20 million) than any of the four major tournaments.

The USGA increase for the US Open comes after nearly doubling the purse this year for the US Women’s Open, pouring $10 million into the field.

MORE US OPEN COVERAGE FROM GOLF DIGEST

Previous How CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens Maintained High Consumer Trust in 2022
Next David Peterson, bullpen hesitation, Mets blown by Brewers