Highest PGA Tour Golf Championships | Grandstand Report

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    At the highest level, golf is a lucrative sport. The winner of the PGA Tour almost always takes home more than $1 million.

    Over the course of the season, more than a dozen tournaments totaled more than eight figures. The big events are the majors—namely, the Masters, PGA Championship, and U.S. Open—but the Players Championship and FedExCup playoffs also qualify.

    Especially in the biggest event of the season, where a single shot can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Wallet totals are compiled from various sources, but reflect 2021 amounts or confirmed 2022 sums.

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    Four events on the PGA Tour calendar have $12 million in prize money, with at least $2 million going to the winner.

    Then came the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Memorial Tournament.

    In this group, there are two notable works.

    For starters, both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial are played at Legendary-related locations. Palmer owned Bay Hill until his death in 2016, while Jack Nicklaus designed the course at Muirfield Village. Second, the WGC Match Play is the only match play on the annual schedule.

    None of them are major tournaments, but each narrowly beats the British Open.

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    Jon Rahm’s stunning 2021 U.S. Open led to a thrilling win and $2.25 million at Torrey Pines.

    Overall, the third major of the season allocated $12.5 million to the field. Rahm and runner-up Louis Oosthuizen ($1.35 million) both cashed seven-figure checks, while Harris English ($829,084) was close to $1 million.

    The 2019 and 2020 tournaments, won by Gary Woodland and Bryson DeChambeau respectively, have similar numbers.

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    This set of $15 million tournaments can be nicely separated.

    Early in the PGA Tour season, the Masters and PGA Championship prize pools both topped $15 million. The 2022 winners—Scotty Schaeffler and Justin Thomas—received $2.7 million each.

    This has risen significantly in both events. Previously, the PGA Championship ($12 million) was slightly ahead of the Masters ($11.5 million).

    The 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship and BMW Championship will have the same prize money and prize money. These games are the first two games of the FedEx Cup playoffs in August.

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    Officially, the Players Championship ranks first. Of course, we’ll cover asterisks next.

    None of the majors at TPC Sawgrass in Florida can match the $20 million purse.

    Players have continued to set records over the past few years, hitting $12.5 million in 2019 before climbing to $15 million in 2020 and 2021. The latest increase means tournament spending has more than doubled in a decade.

    Cameron Smith nets a record $3.6 million for his 2022 victory, while runners-up Anilban Lahiri ($2.18 million) and Paul Casey ($1.38 million) also cross the $1 million mark Dollar.

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    It’s fair to treat the Tour Championship as an exception. Because it limits the PGA Tour season and the FedEx Cup playoffs, the tournament pays more.

    Patrick Cantlay wins the Tour Championship for $15 million in 2021. The other seven players — Jon Rahm, Kevin Nurse, Justin Thomas, Victor Hofland, Zand Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson — — also left with at least $1 million.

    A total of $46 million was distributed following the official announcement of the FedExCup results after the Tour Championship.

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