Golf vs Tennis: Which Was the Richer Sport in 2021 in Terms of Prize Money?

Published 12/30/2021, 7:30 PM EST


Golf and tennis are two of the most followed sports around the world. However, they are two of the most expensive sports as well.

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One of the many common points between the two sports is the major events. These major events entail huge prize money, which helps the players live a rather extravagant lifestyle, deservingly so.

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Men’s Grand slam Vs. Men’s Major

Winning a major championship is a dream that every athlete wishes to give life to. Tennis and golf, both include 4 major grand slams and 4 major championships in a calendar year, respectively. In golf, it is the Open, Masters, US Open, and the PGA Championship. The grand slams in tennis are the Australian Open, US Open, French Open, and the world-famous Wimbledon Championship.

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Paul Childs

In the 2021 men’s major championships; men’s Open champion – Collin Morikawa took home prize money of $1.935 million, the PGA Champion- Phil Mickelson won $1. 82 million, US Open champion- Jon Rahm won a whopping $2.25 million, and the masters- Hideki Matsuyama won $2 million.

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However, in the 2021 men’s grand slam season, tennis players also won huge money.

As the Australian Open winner, Novak Djokovic won $2,138,125, as well as $1,694,710 as the French Open winner. The US Open champion took home $2,500,000, while the Wimbledon champion won $2,399,520.

Men’s Golf Majors (2021)Prize MoneyGrand Slams (2021)Prize Money
Open Championship$1.935 millionAustralian Open$2,138,125
US Open$2.25 millionFrench Open$1,694,710
PGA Championship$1.82 millionWimbledon$2,399,520
Masters$2 millionUS Open$2,500,000

Women’s golf v/s Women’s tennis Majors

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The 2021 grand slam season prize money was the same for women as for the men.

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However, the difference in pay is huge in golf. In the 2021 women’s major season, the Open champion won $675,000, the US Open champion won prize money of $1 million, the PGA Championship winner won $645,000, ANA Inspiration winner won $465,000 and the Evian Championship winner took home $650,000. It’s very clear that only one major championship in the women’s circuit had prize money worth $1 million.

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Women’s Golf Majors (2021)Prize Money Grand Slams (2021)Prize Money
Open Championship$675,000Australian Open $2,138,125
US Open$1 millionFrench Open$1,694,710
PGA Championship$645,000Wimbledon$2,399,520
ANA Inspiration$465,000US Open$2,500,000
Evian Championship$650,000

Should women’s golf, major, have a rise in prize money? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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