The PLAYERS: This week's prize fund will make your eyes water

Tpc Sawgrass

When Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural PLAYERS Championship in 1974, he was rewarded with a cheque for $50,000 out of a prize fund of $250,000.

This year’s champion will make 54 TIMES that amount, taking home a cool $2.7m from a record purse of $15m.

The prize fund for the 47th edition of the event, taking place at TPC Sawgrass this week, has increased by $2.5m from last year, making it the largest purse in golf.

The top three finishers will each pocket more than $1m, with the winner’s cheque being good enough for a place just outside the top-400 on the PGA Tour career money list – more than the career earnings of Open champions Ian Baker-Finch and Tom Weiskopf.

• Could the Masters be played behind closed doors?

• "It's aggravating" - What's bothering Rory?

• Brooks Koepka shot the worst round of his career

Not surprisingly, the players are delighted by the latest increase in prize money.

“It feels like it keeps going up and up and up,” said 2016 champion Jason Day. “That's great. I'm not complaining.”


Xander Schauffele added: “It's our flagship event. It needs to counterbalance the major championships, and it's putting a nice incentive out there. I’m not upset by it.”

The PLAYERS only put up a seven-figure prize fund for the first time in 1987, when Scotland’s Sandy Lyle took the title (and a cheque for $180,000).

• Bob Mac's Masters bid dealt a blow by coronavirus

• Rory expects to win at least "one major" this year

• Azinger responds to "that European Tour" criticism

Hal Sutton was the first player to take home a seven-figure sum for winning the tournament, banking $1,080,000 after pipping Tiger Woods to the title in 2000.

Martin Kaymer’s victory in 2014 was noteworthy for being the first time that the tournament offered up an eight-figure prize purse.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
play button
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

The World Handicap System: Everything you need to know
Want to work in golf? This is the website for you...
Tour reverses decision to let fans attend Scottish Open
"There's no way it could have happened" - Padraig Harrington has no regrets over Ryder Cup postponement
Scottish Golf issues new guidance to clubs after lockdown changes

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Rotate behind the ball
play button
Peter Barber’s advice for older golfers
play button
Load up the right side for more power
play button
Maintaining a strong dynamic loft at impact
See all videos right arrow