PGA Championship announces largest purse in tournament history

Will Zalatoris enters Sunday at the PGA Championship with a chance for a MASSIVE payday.

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The golf has not always been good at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, but the money? Now that’s great.

After three blustery days of play in Tulsa, golfers are preparing for the grand conclusion of golf’s second major championship of the year … and for the record payday that will come along with it.

On Sunday at the 2022 PGA Championship, the PGA of America will hand out the largest purse in tournament history, a massive lump sum of $15 million that represents a $3 million jump over last year’s overall payday.

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The significant bump will help to bring the tournament more in line with the rest of golf’s highest-paying events, which have begun reaching into the $20 million range in recent years. At $15 million, the PGA Championship purse mirrors the prize money given to players at the Masters, which also saw a jump in 2022, and brings the PGA above the payouts offered at most PGA Tour events.

As for the players with a chance of taking home the $2.7 million winner’s sum from Tulsa tomorrow? Mito Pereira, Will Zalatoris, Matt Fitzpatrick and Cameron Young are the frontline contenders, while names like Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson lurk further back. (Either way, that’s a hell of a lot of $18 Michelob Ultras.)

Below, find everything you need to know about the PGA Championship’s $15 million purse; you can catch the action from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on ESPN and from 1 p.m. ET until the completion of play on CBS.

PGA Championship payout info; winner’s share

1. $2,700,000 
2. $1,620,000 
3. $1,020,000 
4. $720,000 
5. $600,000 
6. $516,250 
7. $475,000 
8. $436,600 
9. $400,000 
10. $371,250 
11. $343,750 
12. $316,250 
13. $291,250 
14. $278,750 
15. $266,250 
16. $253,750 
17. $241,250 
18. $228,750
19. $216,250
20. $203,750 
21. $191,250 
22. $178,750 
23. $166,250 
24. $153,750 
25. $141,250 
26. $128,750 
27. $116,250 
28. $104,375 
29. $97,750 
30. $91,250 
31. $86,250 
32. $81,250 
33. $76,250 
34. $71,250 
35. $66,250 
36. $63,750
37. $61,250
38. $58,750
39. $56,250
40. $53,750
41. $51,250
42. $48,750
43. $46,250
44. $43,750
45. $41,250
46. $38,750
47. $36,875
48. $35,000
49. $33,750
50. $32,500
51. $31,250
52. $30,500
53. $29,875
54. $29,250
55. $28,750
56. $28,250
57. $27,875
58. $27,500
59. $27,250
60. $27,000
61. $26,750
62. $26,500
63. $26,250
64. $26,000
65. $25,750
66. $25,500
67. $25,250
68. $25,000
69. $24,750
70. $24,500

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James Colgan

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from. He can be reached at james.colgan@golf.com.