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The Open Championship 2024: Prize Money Payout Breakdown

The Open Championship 2024 was the fourth and final major of the year for the stars of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour this week. In Royal Troon, Xander Schauffele won the largest share of the record prize money totalling 15.6 million euros (17 million US dollars). The British Open prize money and its distribution at a glance.

The Open Championship 2024: The Record Prize Money at Royal Troon

This week, golf’s elite gathered at Royal Troon for The Open Championship 2024. At the last major of the year, the participants not only competed for the coveted Claret Jug and the title of ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’, but also for record prize money. Compared to last year, the amount has been increased by around 460,000 euros (500,000 USD), as announced by the R&A. CEO Martin Slumbers justified the decision, despite critical scrutiny, with the key role of The Open: “The R&A has a responsibility to strike a balance between maintaining The Open’s position in the global game, providing the funds required for governance and developing amateur and recreational golf in 146 countries internationally […]. “We remain concerned about the impact substantial increases in men’s professional prize money are having on the perception of the sport and its long-term financial sustainability. We are determined to act with the interests of the global game in mind as we pursue our goal of ensuring golf continues to thrive in 50 years’ time.” Of the 15.6 million euros (17 million USD), the winner will receive an impressive 2.84 million euros (3.1 million USD) in prize money. Incidentally, the prize money at The Open Championship 2024 is not paid out to amateurs; if more than 70 professional golfers make the cut, the prize money is also increased slightly. As usual, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Brian Harman are among the favorites to win the Major. At Royal Troon, all eyes will be on McIlroy in particular after the Northern Irishman failed so dramatically at the 2024 US Open.

Prize Money Payout Breakdown at The Open Championship 2024

Position Name Prize Money
1 Xander Schauffele $3,100,000
T2 Justin Rose $1,443,500
T2 Billy Horschel $1,443,500
4 Thriston Lawrence $876,000
5 Russell Henley $705,000
6 Shane Lowry $611,000
T7 Jon Rahm $451,834
T7 Sungjae Im $451,834
T7 Scottie Scheffler $451,834
T10 Adam Scott $317,534
T10 Matthew Jordan $317,534
T10 Daniel Brown $317,534
T13 Jason Day $248,667
T13 Alex Noren $248,667
T13 Byeong Hun An $248,667
T16 Mackenzie Hughes $202,700
T16 John Catlin $202,700
T16 Collin Morikawa $202,700
T19 Dean Burmester $176,367
T19 Shubhankar Sharma $176,367
T19 Daniel Hillier $176,367
T22 Ewen Ferguson $151,067
T22 Sepp Straka $151,067
T22 Padraig Harrington $151,067
T25 Ryan Fox $124,617
T25 Corey Conners $124,617
T25 Jordan Spieth $124,617
T25 Joe Dean $124,617
T25 Patrick Cantlay $124,617
T25 Laurie Canter $124,617
T31 Guido Migliozzi $90,220
T31 Cameron Young $90,220
T31 Eric Cole $90,220
T31 Brendon Todd $90,220
T31 Matteo Manassero $90,220
T31 Minkyu Kim $90,220
T31 Chris Kirk $90,220
T31 Dustin Johnson $90,220
T31 Justin Thomas $90,220
T31 Sam Burns $90,220
T41 Kurt Kitayama $70,050
T41 Matt Wallace $70,050
T43 Jorge Campillo $57,200
T43 Thorbjorn Olesen $57,200
T43 Brooks Koepka $57,200
T43 Max Homa $57,200
T43 Si Woo Kim $57,200
T43 Emiliano Grillo $57,200
T43 Calum Scott (a) $0
T50 Matt Fitzpatrick $45,238
T50 Matthieu Pavon $45,238
T50 Richard Mansell $45,238
T50 Robert MacIntyre $45,238
T50 Harris English $45,238
T50 Adrian Meronk $45,238
T50 Gary Woodland $45,238
T50 Sean Crocker $45,238
T58 Abraham Ancer $42,150
T58 Joaquín Niemann $42,150
T60 Tommy Morrison (a) $0
T60 Jeunghun Wang $32,100
T60 Rasmus Hojgaard $32,100
T60 Jacob Skov Olesen (a) $0
T60 Phil Mickelson $32,100
T60 Brian Harman $32,100
T66 Hideki Matsuyama $40,280
T66 Tom McKibbin $40,280
T66 Nicolai Hojgaard $40,280
T66 Davis Thompson $40,280
T66 Austin Eckroat $40,280
71 Rickie Fowler $39,400
T72 Young-han Song $38,925
T72 Marcel Siem $38,925
T72 Tom Hoge $38,925
T75 Darren Clarke $38,525
T75 Aaron Rai $38,525
T75 Alex Cejka $38,525
78 Luis Masaveu (a) $0
79 Andy Ogletree $38,275
80 Darren Fichardt $38,150
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US Open 2024: DeChambeau Pockets Highest Major Prize Money Of All Time

The US Open 2024 at Pinehurst No. 2 is once again making a leap forward in terms of prize money, even surpassing the Masters Tournament in April. The stars shared a prize money pool of 21.5 million dollars this year. The increase of a further 1.5 million dollars compared to the previous year also raises the winner’s share from 3.6 million to 4.3 million dollars. In comparison, the Masters had prize money of 20 million, the PGA Championship “only” 18.5 million dollars.

The Purse and Prize Money For the US Open 2024

Position Player Prize Money
1 Bryson DeChambeau $4,300,000
2 Rory McIlroy $2,322,000
T3 Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay $1,229,051
5 Matthieu Pavon $843,765
6 Hideki Matsuyama $748,154
T7 Russell Henley, Xander Schauffele $639,288.50
T9 Sam Burns, Davis Thompson, Corey Conners $502,391.33
T12 Sergio Garcia, Ludvig Aberg $409,279
T14 Thomas Detry, Collin Morikawa $351,369.50
T16 Tommy Fleetwood, Akshay Bhatia, Taylor Pendrith $299,218
T19 Shane Lowry, Aaron Rai $255,758.50
T21 Max Greyserman, Daniel Berger, Min Woo Lee, Stephan Jaeger, Brian Harman $203,607.20
T26 Brooks Koepka, Zac Blair, Chris Kirk, Neal Shipley (a), Tom Kim, Tyrrell Hatton $149,971
T32 Adam Scott, Si Woo Kim, Sahith Theegala, Keegan Bradley, Isaiah Salinda, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Cameron Smith, J.T. Poston, Denny McCarthy $105,775
T41 Frankie Capan III, Harris English, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Tom McKibbin, Tim Widing, Emiliano Grillo, Billy Horschel, Luke Clanton (a) $84,376.75
T50 Justin Lower, Matt Kuchar, Nicolai Hojgaard, Mark Hubbard $48,022.25
54 Nico Echavarria $46,067
55 David Puig $45,632
T56 S.H. Kim, Ben Kohles, Ryan Fox, Sepp Straka, Greyson Sigg, Brian Campbell, Adam Svensson, Wyndham Clark $43,676.25
T64 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer $41,286
T67 Cameron Young, Brendon Todd $40,199.50
69 Dean Burmester $39,548
T70 Brandon Wu, Gunnar Broin (a) $39,113
72 Sam Bennett $38,678

The USGA About the New Purse

With over 10,000 golfers trying to qualify for the US Open, the USGA would like to give all players who made it into the 2024 US Open field at least a consolation prize, as is customary at the PGA Championship. “That got us to the 156 competitors in this field. Those competitors won’t be playing for $150 like 130 years ago, but they’ll be playing for $21.5 million, which means our winner’s purse will be a $4.3 million check to the winner. And as we always go $10,000 even, if you miss the cut because as I say every year, we really believe making the cut at the U.S. Open is about getting into the field, over 10,000 people playing for 156 spots,” Mike Whan said.

“I’ll be honest, we don’t sit in rooms and say, ‘How do we…’ We want to make sure that our purse matches how we feel about the rest of our championship, which is a life-changing difference in the game and I think we’re there and we’ll continue to monitor that,” Whan said.

“There’s probably some, if we went $1 million higher than some others, they’d just go a million and I’m not sure that’s the best answer, but I don’t think anybody who wins this week and walks away with $4.3 million, and quite frankly all of the other (things) that come with winning the US Open, is going to question whether or not that was an event that’s changing.

“We are proud of our purse. I’m proud of the fact that we as an organisation consistently ask ourselves whether or not we think we’ve got our purse right or TV right. All of those things have changed quite a bit in the last few years, and change is uncomfortable. But we’re not only keeping up with the times but hopefully at least in the landscape of majors in a lot of these cases, we’re leading and you guys can decide if that’s right or wrong, but that’s what we think.”


 How Much Prize Money Has Rory McIlroy Earned? 

Rory McIlroy is one of the best-known players on the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. With several major titles and Ryder Cup appearences, he has earned a fair share of prize money. But exactly how much has the Northern Irishman earned in his career to date?

This is how much Rory McIlroy has earned in prize money in his career

Since becoming a professional player back in September 2007 Rory Since turning professional in September 2007, Rory McIlroy has quickly become one of the top golfers on both the European and American Tours. With good finishes, he started to make the big money in 2009 with his victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) and his first PGA Tour title in 2010 at the Quail Hollow Championship. He followed his success with four major titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and increased his winner’s share to almost ten million in 2012 and 2014. After a few years with “only” smaller earnings, he won his first Tour Championship and the Players Championship in 2019, bringing his prize money for the year to a whopping 20 million, surpassed only by his 22′ prize money, which totals 40 million dollars. With his second FedExCup win and top finishes in all four major championships, McIlroy climbed back to the top of both tours and won the DP World Tour season standings.

Year Total Earnings
2007 $0
2009 $1,212,219
2010 $3,104,280
2011 $2,321,859
2012 $8,047,952
2013 $1,802,443
2014 $8,395,096
2015 $5,113,312
2016 $5,790,585
2017 $2,430,182
2018 $4,450,296
2019 $22,785,286
2020 $5,428,415
2021 $8,475,559
2022 $40,456,566
2023 $5,333,285

Rory McIlroy and the “Players Impact Program”

In addition to his tournament prize money, McIlroy collected a considerable sum from the “Players Impact Programme” introduced in 2021. A third place in 2021 earned him 3.5 million dollars, in 2022 a second place behind Tiger Woods earned him 12 million and in 2023 he received 15 million for his first place in the PGA Tours popularity rankings.

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Players Championship 2023: Record prize money on the PGA Tour

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is the most important tournament on the PGA Tour. Accordingly, the US Tour pays out the most prize money at the so-called “flagship tournament” in Florida. This year, the prize money is – once again – at a record level and significantly higher than the financial contributions of the majors. The Players Championship 2023 awards prize money of 25 million US dollars.

Players Championship prize money: PGA Tour draws level with LIV

This increases the purse by five million compared to the previous year, when Cameron Smith took home 3.6 million US dollars. In 2022, the prize money had already risen from 15 to 20 million. The PGA Tour saw itself forced to distribute significantly more prize money in the face of threatening competition from LIV Golf. The Players is one of the new Designated Events, which are endowed with an average of 20 million US dollars. As the flagship event, however, the “fifth major” stands out once again and draws level with the competition.

The tournaments of the LIV Golf League are also worth 25 million dollars each. One fifth of the prize money is intended for the team ranking of the Saudi League, the rest is paid to all 48 players in the individual ranking. At TPC Sawgrass, however, as usual only the 65 best and tied players who make the cut after two rounds will receive a share of the opulent prize money (see table below).

Fifth place earns seven figures

The winner of the Players Championship 2023 will walk away from Ponte Vedra Beach with a massive 4.5 million US dollars, while the runner-up will receive even more prize money (2.75 million) than, for example, Scottie Scheffler earned at the US Masters 2022. Even the fifth-placed player can be happy about more than one million US dollars.

By comparison, the major tournaments awarded significantly less prize money than the Players Championship or the new Designated Events in addition to the prestigious trophies last year. The US Masters 2022 offered 15 million US dollars, as did the PGA Championship 2022. The US Open 2022 gave the players a total of 17.5 million, the British Open 14 million US dollars. The prize money of the majors is typically only announced shortly before the respective tournaments. This year, the pots are likely to be bigger as well.

Prize money breakdown of the Players Championship 2023

Rank Prize money ($)
1. 4,500,000
2. 2,725,000
3. 1,725,000
4. 1,225,000
5. 1,025,000
6. 906,250
7. 843,750
8. 781,250
9. 731,250
10. 681,250
11. 631,250
12. 581,250
13. 531,250
14. 481,250
15. 456,250
16. 431,250
17. 406,250
18. 381,250
19. 356,250
20. 331,250
21. 306,250
22. 281,250
23. 261,250
24. 241,250
25. 221,250
26. 201,250
27. 193,750
28. 186,250
29. 178,750
30. 171,250
31. 163,750
32. 156,250
33. 148,750
34. 142,500
35. 136,250
36. 130,000
37. 123,750
38. 118,750
39. 113,750
40. 108,750
41. 103,750
42. 98,750
43. 93,750
44. 88,750
45. 83,750
46. 78,750
47. 73,750
48. 69,750
49. 66,250
50. 64,250
51. 62,750
52. 61,250
53. 60,250
54. 59,250
55. 58,750
56. 58,250
57. 57,750
58. 57,250
59. 56,750
60. 56,250
61. 55,750
62. 55,250
63. 54,750
64. 54,250
65. 53,750
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British Open 2022: R&A announces prize money increase

One week before the start of the British Open 2022 in St. Andrews, the prize money for the 150th edition of the tournament was announced. The winner of this year’s Open will be able to take home over two million pounds for the first time, in addition to the Claret Jug. The total prize money of the last major in the calendar year will be increased by 22 per cent.

In concrete terms, this means a jump from 12.5 to 14 million US dollars in prize money, with which the R&A, the organising association of the British Open 2022, wants to do justice to the increased prize money last year.

“There have been significant changes in prize money over the last year. We have therefore increased the prize fund by 22% which means that the prize money has increased by more than 60% since 2016,” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said.

Competitive bidding by the organisers

By comparison, the US Masters and PGA Championship had both increased prize money to $15 million before this year’s editions. The US Open is the men’s major with the highest prize money at 17.5 million dollars, winner Matt Fitzpatrick received over three million dollars. The Players Championship, the flagship tournament of the PGA Tour, paid out 20 million dollars this year and 25 million dollars next year.

The drastic price increase is probably also linked to the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series, which lures stars to its tour with high sign-up bonuses and awards an additional 25 million dollars per tournament.

“We have made this substantial investment while balancing our wider commitments to developing golf at all levels around the world and to continuing to elevate the AIG Women’s Open.” Last year, the Association, together with the main sponsor, provided record prize money for the Women’s Major, which has since been surpassed by the US Women’s Open.

2022 British Open prize money

  1.  $2,500,000
  2.  $1,455,000
  3.  $933,000
  4.  $725,000
  5.  $583,000
  6.  $505,000
  7.  $434,000
  8.  $366,000
  9.  $321,000
  10.  $290,000
  11.  $264,000
  12.  $234,000
  13.  $220,000
  14.  $206,000
  15.  $191,500
  16.  $176,000
  17.  $167,500
  18.  $159,750
  19.  $153,000
  20.  $145,750
  21.  $139,000
  22.  $132,000
  23.  $125,000
  24.  $118,000
  25.  $114,000
  26.  $109,000
  27.  $105,000
  28.  $101,500
  29.  $97,000
  30.  $92,000
  31.  $89,000
  32.  $84,500
  33.  $81,500
  34.  $79,250
  35.  $76,500
  36.  $73,500
  37.  $70,000
  38.  $66,500
  39.  $64,000
  40.  $62,000
  41.  $59,500
  42.  $56,500
  43.  $54,000
  44.  $51,000
  45.  $48,000
  46.  $45,500
  47.  $43,700
  48.  $42,000
  49.  $40,000
  50.  $39,100
  51.  $38,200
  52.  $37,600
  53.  $37,000
  54.  $36,500
  55.  $35,900
  56.  $35,400
  57.  $35,000
  58.  $34,750
  59.  $34,500
  60.  $34,250
  61.  $34,000
  62.  $33,900
  63.  $33,750
  64.  $33,600
  65.  $33,400
  66.  $33,100
  67.  $32,900
  68.  $32,600
  69.  $32,400
  70.  $32,200