2021 PGA Championship: Get to Know Everything About the Total Prize Money

Published 05/22/2021, 1:37 PM EDT
May 21, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Collin Morikawa hits from the seventh tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The biggest golf event in the month of May, the 2021 PGA Championship, is currently underway at Kiawah Island. 156 golfers from across the world are competing for this annual tournament hosted by the PGA of America.

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The event which started on May 20 and will end tomorrow, promises a huge cash prize for the winner. Last year the total prize money was $11 million, and this year it has increased to $12 million. This is the first time since 2018 that the prize money has seen an increase.

The PGA of America officials revealed that the champion will be rewarded a check of $2.16 million. So this is the first time in PGA Championship history that the winner will earn over $2 million. Last year’s winner and defending champion, Collin Morikawa earned $1.98 million for his victory at TPC Harding Park. Players will be pleased with the bump in winnings.

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This is how the top 20  players at the 2021 PGA Championship will be rewarded:

  • Winner: $2,160,000
  • 2. $1,296,000
  • 3. $816,000
  • 4. $576,000
  • 5. $480,000
  • 6. $413,000
  • 7. $380,000
  • 8. $350,000
  • 9. $320,000
  • 10. $297,000
  • 11. $275,000
  • 12. $253,000
  • 13. $233,000
  • 14. $223,000
  • 15. $213,000
  • 16. $203,000
  • 17. $193,000
  • 18. $183,000
  • 19. $173,000
  • 20. $163,000

Following Day two of the Major, legendary golfer Phil Mickelson had the lead. Despite being 50, there is no stopping him as he battles for his first Major since 2013. He’s also out of the top 100 currently, but this bright start shows he has still got it.

Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Phil Mickelson tees off on the 1st hole during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Comparing the 2021 PGA Championship prize money to the other Majors

Following this $1 million increase to the prize money, the PGA Championship now ranks as the second-best paid Major. The US Open still holds the record for the highest paid Major out of the four. They have a total prize pool of $12.5 million with $2.25 million going to the winner.

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The Masters Tournament comes in third with total prize money of $11.5 million. This amount has stayed consistent for the last three years, with the winner getting a payout of $2,070,000. The Open Championship comes in fourth with a total prize money of $10.5 million and a $1.93 million reward for the winner.

From a $2,580 total prize pool in the first ever PGA championship in 1916 to $12 million now, golf has come a long way. The amount of endorsements and fans have been increasing and as a result, the winnings are increasing too. And this amount will go upwards from here on.

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May 20, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Collin Morikawa lines up a putt on the 1st green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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