How Much Cameron Smith Won At The Players Championship

The Aussie won an incredible $3.6m for victory at The Players Championship

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Cameron Smith won his fifth PGA Tour title at The Players Championship after a ten-birdie 66 on Monday at TPC Sawgrass.

The Players Championship is the flagship PGA Tour event of the year and is regarded by many as the fifth major, largely due to the test of the course and strength of the competing field.

With golf's leading stars on show, the 2022 Players Championship saw largest purse in PGA Tour history, up from $15m to a total of $20m - $7.5m more than the US Open, which is the biggest purse of the four Majors. The Players champion will take home a record $3.6m, the largest in tournament history.

As well as financial riches, Smith receives a five-year exemption on Tour and a three-year exemption for all four Major championships. He also earns 600 FedEx Cup points, which is the same as any major and more than the 500 for 'regular' PGA Tour events. 

Runner-up Anirban Lahiri won a huge $2.18m, with 3rd-place finisher Paul Casey taking home $1.38m. Kevin Kisner in fourth won $980,000 and Keegan Bradley in fifth won $820,000.

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN - TOP 5

  • 1. Cameron Smith $3.6m
  • 2. Anirban Lahiri $2.18m
  • 3. Paul Casey $1.38m
  • 4. Kevin Kisner $980,000
  • 5. Keegan Bradley $820,000

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE MONEY FULL BREAKDOWN

PositionPrize Money
1$3,600,000
2$2,180,000
3$1,380,000
4$980,000
5$820,000
6$725,000
7$675,000
8$625,000
9$585,000
10$545,000
11$505,000
12$465,000
13$425,000
14$385,000
15$365,000
16$345,000
17$325,000
18$305,000
19$285,000
20$265,000
21$245,000
22$225,000
23$209,000
24$193,000
25$177,000
26$161,000
27$155,000
28$149,000
29$143,000
30$137,000
31$131,000
32$125,000
33$119,000
34$114,000
35$109,000
36$104,000
37$99,000
38$95,000
39$91,000
40$87,000
41$83,000
42$79,000
43$75,000
44$71,000
45$67,000
46$63,000
47$59,000
48$55,800
49$53,000
50$51,400
51$50,200
52$49,000
53$48,200
54$47,400
55$47,000
56$46,600
57$46,200
58$45,800
59$45,400
60$45,000
61$44,600
62$44,200
63$43,800
64$43,400
65$43,000

WHAT IS THE TOURNAMENT PURSE FOR THE 2022 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP?

With golf's leading stars on show, The Players Championship sees the largest purse in PGA Tour history, up from $15m to a total of $20m - $7.5m more than the US Open, which is the biggest purse of the four Majors. The Players champion Smith took home a record $3.6m, the largest in tournament history.

WHO WON THE 2021 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP?

Justin Thomas opened with back-to-back rounds of 71 but a third round 64 fired him into contention. The American followed with a final round 68 to finish one clear of spirited Englishman, Lee Westwood. It was Thomas' first Players Championship victory. 

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