US Open Prize Money And Purse Breakdown 2022

This year’s US Open will see players compete for a record purse in a Major

Jon Rahm celebrates winning the 2021 US Open
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This year’s US Open is a special occasion, as always, with the tournament taking place at The Country Club for the first time since 1988. It’s also the scene of one of the most famous US Opens when, in 1913, amateur Francis Ouimet shook the golf world by winning the tournament.

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Another element to add to the sense of occasion is the huge prize money on offer, which is significantly higher than last year. Speaking to the press ahead of the tournament, USGA CEO Mike Whan confirmed that this year’s purse is an extraordinary $17.5 million, with the winner earning $3.15 million. By comparison, in 2021, the purse was $12.5 million, with victor John Rahm collecting $2.25m. Whan explained the justification for the huge purse by drawing attention to the arduous task many in the field took on to make it this far.

"To think about now, 9,300 people trying to get into this event. They came from every one of our 50 states and 80 countries. When they got together back then, they played four loops on a nine-hole course at Newport. Thirty-six holes for the Open with the winner walking away with $150. They played for a purse of $335. We really believe that you made the cut if you're here. I've said this to the women a couple weeks ago at Pine Needles [for the US Women's Open], you make the cut to get into this. This is the hardest event in the world to get in, so if you are here, you ought to feel pretty special."

The $17.5 million figure represents the highest for any Major in history. In fact, it’ll be the first Major to surpass the $15m mark. Both purses for last month’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills and April's Masters at Augusta National reached exactly that figure.

The huge increase in this year’s US Open purse is at least partly attributable to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which still dwarfs the amount on offer this week in each of its regular events, with $25 million. The increase continues a trend that saw this year’s US Women’s Open purse almost double to $10 million. Meanwhile, the Chevron Championship purse swelled from $3.1 million to $5 million. However, The Players Championship still offers the largest purse on the PGA Tour - $20 million.

One player who won't be in the reckoning is six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson. The 52-year-old missed the cut and admitted he thought he was more prepared. Whoever claims the first prize this week will certainly need to be at their best to consistently navigate the course's blind spots, fast greens and thick rough. 

US Open Prize Money Breakdown 2022

PositionPrize Money
1st$3,150,000
2nd$1,890,000
3rd$1,225,374
4th$859,032
5th$715,491
6th$634,415
7th$571,950
8th$512,249
9th$463,604
10th$425,830
11th$388,609
12th$359,311
13th$334,805
14th$309,008
15th$286,896
16th$268,470
17th$253,729
18th$238,988
19th$224,247
20th$209,506
21st$196,792
22nd$184,078
23rd$171,732
24th$160,308
25th$150,358
26th$141,882
27th$135,432
28th$129,720
29th$124,192
30th$118,665
31st$113,137
32nd$107,609
33rd$102,081
34th$97,106
35th$93,052
36th$88,998
37th$85,129
38th$81,444
39th$77,758
40th$74,073
41st$70,388
42nd$66,703
43rd$63,017
44th$59,332
45th$55,647
46th$52,330
47th$49,013
48th$45,881
49th$44,038
50th$42,196
51st$41,090
52nd$40,169
53rd$39,432
54th$39,063
55th$38,695
56th$38,326
57th$37,958
58th$37,589
59th$37,221
60th$36,852

How Much Money Does The Winner Of The US Open Get?

The winner of the 2022 US Open will earn $3.15 million from a purse of $17.5 million. That's a record prize pot for a Major. The previous record, was $15 million - the purse for both The Masters and PGA Championship this year. 

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Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.