Here’s how the 2021 Masters purse compares to golf’s other major events

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama tees off on No. 14 at Augusta National during the third round of the 2021 Masters.

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In 2019, the Masters released the richest purse in tournament history: $11.5 million. And for both the 2020 November Masters and this year, 2021, that amount remains unchanged.

The winner of the 2021 Masters will receive a payout of $2,070,000, and even the runner-up will clear seven figures, with a payout of $1,242,000.

So how does Masters money compare to the other major tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule?

Augusta National clubhouse.
Masters money: Masters total purse, payout breakdown, winner’s share at Augusta National
By: Josh Berhow

It turns out, the richest event on the schedule isn’t a major at all — it’s the Players Championship, which paid out the largest purse in tournament history in March — a whopping $15 million, with $2.7 million going to winner Justin Thomas. This year’s payout was a significant increase from the last time the tournament was played in 2019, when the purse was still a hefty $12.5 million, and winner Rory McIlroy took home $2.25 million.

Next is the U.S. Open, which handed out $2.25 million of a $12.5 million purse to 2020 winner Bryson DeChambeau.

After the U.S. Open, the Masters is next with its $11.5 million purse, followed by the PGA Championship, which doles out $11 million. Collin Morikawa pocketed $1.98 million when he won in 2020.

The British Open was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the $10,750,000 purse in 2019 makes it the lowest of the four major championships. Shane Lowry took home $1.935 million for winning at Royal Portrush in 2019.

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