Whoever wins the 2017 U.S. Open will receive a record payout of $2.16 million, according to Joel Beall of Golf Digest.
Overall, the United States Golf Association will hand out a whopping $12 million to the participants.
“When you look at the USGA championships, by and large just about any way you look at, they’re the most important championships not only in the U.S. but in the world,” said USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis earlier in the year. “And we talked about that and said the purses really should reflect that.”
For reference, the total amount of money handed out to all participants in 2003 was $6 million.
Last year, Dustin Johnson won the tournament and received $1.8 million for his victory.
The earnings went up $1 million in 2014, making the purse a total of $9 million. The following year, it increased to $10 million.
Even the second-place finisher this year will earn $1.3 million, and anyone who finishes in the top-25 will earn at least $98,655. Even those who miss the cut with make $10,000.
Talk about a nice gig.
Sergio Garcia won the Masters in April and earned $1.98 million. Overall, the Masters handed out $11 million to its participants.
The U.S. Open began on June 15 and will finish on Sunday.
The tournament has had a different winner every year since 1989, when Curtis Strange won back-to-back titles.
Since 2001, only Retief Goosen has won the U.S. Open more than once, and Tiger Woods won the event in both 2000 and 2008.
So, to conclude, whoever wins the U.S. Open at Erin Hills this season with become quite a bit richer. Actually, so will anyone who participates.