The Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA) on May 21 announced that the major prize fund they are organizing increased to 12 million USD, one million USD higher than the previous year.

Accordingly, the champion of the PGA Championship 2021 will receive $ 2.16 million, equivalent to 18% of the total fund – the usual share in top arenas such as PGA and European Tour. And so, when winning the PGA Championship 2021, the owner of the Wanamaker trophy for the first time received more than 2 million USD.

On the podium of the 102nd period at -13 point in August 2020, Collin Morikawa held 1.98 million USD. When he arrived at Ocean Court to defend his title this year, he was currently at T25 with a +1 point after 36 holes, six strokes from the top of the table.

Phil Mickelson is leading the team to compete for the PGA Championship with a score of -7 through 54 holes.  Photo: AP

Phil Mickelson is leading the team to compete for the PGA Championship with a score of -7 through 54 holes. Image: AP

If not eliminated this year, the player with a valid 36-hole scorecard will be paid 3,200 USD. This rate also applies to those who were awarded the weekend but did not submit all four rounds of scorecards.

When the PGA Championship started – 1916, the golfer who finished first got $500 out of a $2,580 fund. By 1988, this major reached the milestone of one million USD in prize money. And 15 years later, the share for the new championship is over this number.

With the new fund, the PGA Championship ranks second in terms of prize money, taking the Masters’ position with $11.5 million in the traditional major quartet. The record for the prize fund is currently 12.5 million USD of the US Open of the American Golf Association (USGA), while the last place belongs to The Open Championship.

Winning the US Open 2020, Bryson DeChambeau received up to $ 2.25 million while Shane Lowry received $ 1,935 million for The Open Championship 2019. Lowry is still the defending champion, because Royal & Ancient canceled the 2020 period due to Covid-19 .

But if you consider the world’s top golf village, the prize money record goes back to the PGA Tour. The main event The Players Championship in this arena won a prize fund of 15 million USD this year, of which 2.7 million USD went to the champion – Justin Thomas.

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