9 Perks Of Winning The PGA Championship

Winning the PGA Championship comes with a host of perks, from prize money to exemptions to world ranking points...

Justin Thomas holds a trophy
Thomas won $2.7m with his PGA Championship victory as well as plenty of other perks
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Perks of winning the PGA Championship

There are plenty of perks to winning the PGA Championship, aside from the prestige of the tournament win...

1. Prize Money

Prize money is a major incentive for the winner, with the PGA Championship offering up a huge purse - $15m to be precise. The winner takes home a huge cheque for $2.7m. In 2021, Phil Mickelson won $2.16m with his victory at Kiawah Island, where he became a two-time PGA Champion and the oldest men's Major winner in history at the age of 50. The total purse in 2021 was $12m, up from $11m the previous year when Collin Morikawa won $1.98m.

2. The trophy

PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy pictured

The iconic Wanamaker Trophy

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The winner takes home the historic and iconic Wanamaker trophy, which is one of the best trophies in golf and one of the biggest, too. The PGA Champion gets to keep the Wanamaker Trophy for a year before returning it at the following year's tournament. A 90% replica of the trophy is given to the winner to keep once the original trophy is returned.

3. Lifetime exemption

A huge perk of winning the tournament is that PGA Champions are exempt into the Major for the rest of their career, so they get to return year after year without worrying about their world ranking or qualifying in other ways. This is why retired player and now-commentator Rich Beem still plays in the event each year, after he won the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

4. Major exemptions

PGA Champions earn invites to the three other Majors for the next five years, meaning they'll secure spots in the Masters, the US Open and Open Championship. One Major victory gets you a guaranteed 20 Major starts for the next five years.

5. Tour memberships

A five-year PGA Tour card is awarded to the PGA Champion, whilst the winner also earns a DP World Tour card for a total of seven years.

6. World ranking points

PGA Championship winners receive 100 Official World Golf Ranking points, effectively securing their spot in the top 50 for the next 18 months proceeding their victory. All of the four men's Majors offer 100 OWGR points to the winner, with the next-best Players Championship awarding 80.

7. FedEx Cup points

The winner of the PGA Championship picks up 600 FedEx Cup points, which is 100 more than the 500 on offer at regular PGA Tour events. All four men's Majors plus the Players Championship offer 600 FedEx Cup points, whilst the WGCs offer 550 FedEx Cup points to the winner.

8. Other tournament exemptions

Winners of the PGA Championship earn a spot in the Players Championship for the next five years as well as most other PGA Tour and DP World Tour events due to the memberships on offer. They also earn a spot in January's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, restricted to the previous season's PGA Tour winners.

9. The Champions Dinner

Just like The Masters, the PGA Championship has its own past champions' dinner on the Tuesday of tournament week. The dinner has been running since 1965 and allows spouses and family, as opposed to Augusta National's that only allows past Masters champions.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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