The Players Championship Prize Money - $15m Up For Grabs

A massive $2.7m will go to this week's Players Championship winner

The Players Championship Prize Money
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A massive $2.7m will go to this week's Players Championship winner

The Players Championship Prize Money - $15m Up For Grabs

The Players Championship is known as golf's unofficial fifth Major, and its prize fund is now the biggest in golf for a single tournament.

This week's event offers up of a huge $15m, making it significantly more lucrative than the four Majors in terms of prize money.

That is going by last year's Major purses, which could be increased this year in reply to Sawgrass.

Last year's Masters purse was $11.5m, the USPGA's was $11m, the US Open's was $12.5m and the Open Championship's was $10.75m.

The US Open's first-place cheque of $2.25m was the biggest in golf, until the European Tour Final Series usurped it with $2.5m to the Nedbank Golf Challenge winner and $3m to the DP World Tour Championship winner.

The victor at Sawgrass this week will pick up a tidy $2.7m, up $450,000 on the $2.25m that Rory McIlroy won last year.

Related: The Players Championship Betting Tips

In 2019, runner-up Jim Furyk collected $1.35m, so this week's runners-up prize, assuming it has also been significantly bumped up, is likely to be bigger than many PGA Tour winner's cheques.

The PGA Tour announced a new nine-year domestic TV deal after the Arnold Palmer Invitational, with commissioner Jay Monahan saying that player earnings are set to increase.

“The nine-year deals will put us in a position to significantly increase player earnings, deliver more value to our tournaments and sponsors, and ultimately allow us to continue to grow our charitable footprint," Monahan said.

This is thought to be direct retaliation to the newly-proposed Premier Golf League, a new 48-man 18-tournament league hoped to begin in 2022.

The PGL is set to be very lucrative for players, with money coming from the likes of New York investment bank the 'Raine Group' as well as the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV