The Biggest Purses On the PGA Tour

By Ryan Watson

A Tour Championship flag rests on a bag

The PGA Tour is the most prestigious and popular golf tour and has the financial muscle to prove it. In 2021-22, total prize money won on tour will be over $470 million, including money won in the four major championships which are officially part of the PGA Tour schedule, but are run and funded by different golf associations.

Purses on the PGA Tour continue to grow each season. The Tour announced an increase in the FedExCup Championship purse from $60 million in 2020-21 to $75 million in 2021-22. The Players Championship, the Tour’s marquee tournament, will feature a $20 million purse in 2021-22, up from $15 million a season ago.

The following are the 10 biggest purses on the PGA Tour for the 2021-22 season. Purses for the 2022 majors have not yet been announced, so we'll use the 2021 figures for those four events. With PGA Tour winners taking home 18 percent of the total purse, it really pays to be on top of your golf game.

1. Tour Championship

Purse: $75,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $18,000,000

Coming at the end of the FedExCup Playoffs, the biggest award goes to the winner of the Tour Championship who is simultaneously crowned FedExCup champion. The $75,000,000 purse is considered a “bonus pool” by the PGA Tour for its season-long race. Either way, it results in a nice payday for anybody who finishes in the top 30.

2. The Players Championship

Purse: $20,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $3,600,000

Rory McIlroy The Players Championship

It’s not a major championship, but The Players Championship boasts a significantly larger purse than any of golf’s four majors.

T3. The Masters

Purse: $15,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,700,000

Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama The Masters

Augusta National’s genteel course is known for its cheap eats for the tiny few who get tickets to the Masters each year. Despite not price gouging on the pimento cheese, the Masters still managed a $15 million purse in 2022, a head-turning increase from the $11.5 million awared in 2021.

T3. PGA Championship

Purse $15,000,000 | Winner's Share: $2,700,000

The PGA of America followed the PGA Tour's lead with a noticeable purse increase in 2022. The PGA Championship purse in 2022 ballooned to $15,000,000, a $4,000,000 increase from 2021, resulting in a $2,700,000 check for winner Justin Thomas. That purse puts the PGA Championship in a tie for the third-largest in professional golf.

T3. FedEx St. Jude Championship/The BMW Championship

Purse: $15,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,700,000

Elevating the purses for the first two of the PGA Tour’s 3-event playoff schedule was a staple of the Tour’s increased purse structure for 2021-22. Both the FedEx St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship, which lead off the playoffs, will feature a $15 million purse in 2022.

6. U.S. Open

Purse: $12,500,000 (2021)| Winner’s Share: $2,250,000 (2021)

Famed for the difficult course conditions, the U.S. Open leads golf’s majors with a hefty $12,500,000 purse, as of 2021.

T7. WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Purse: $12,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,160,000

The World Golf Championship (WGC) purses got a shot in the arm for 2021-22 as well, with an increase from $10.5 million to $12 million. However, the number of scheduled WGCs went from the traditional four down to three in 2020-21 due to COVID. In 2021-22 that dropped to a scheduled two, which was reduced to just one after the WGC HSBG-Champions was canceled due to COVID in October of 2021. Fittingly, that leaves the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play as the last WGC standing in 2021-22

T7. The Genesis Invitational

Purse: $12,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,160,000

In addition to the WGCs, the PGA Tour’s three player-hosted invitationals benefit from an increased purse in 2021-22. The Genesis Invitational, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial will each have a $12 million purse in 2022, with the winners taking home more than $2 million.

The Genesis Invitational is hosted by none other than Tiger Woods, and is contested at Riviera Country Club in February.

T7. Arnold Palmer Invitational

Purse: $12,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,160,000

It’s great to be one of the 123-players to receive an invitation to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which takes place at Bay Hill every year, with another $12 million purse and $2 million winner’s payday.

T7. The Memorial

Purse: $12,000,000 | Winner’s Share: $2,160,000

The Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is the third limited field invitational with a seemingly unlimited purse on the PGA Tour schedule, teeing off in early June at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

T10. The Open Championship

Purse: $11,500,000 (2021) | Winner’s Share: $2,070,000 (2021)

The world’s oldest major championship plays exclusively on the classic links courses of Britain and Northern Ireland, and boasts an impressive $11.5 million purse with a winner’s share of over $2 million, as of 2021.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.