As observations go, it’s not saying anything particularly original to note that professional golf pays exceptionally well.
Even so, there’s no disputing that the money up for grabs at this week’s US PGA Championship is eye-watering.
A total prize fund of $11million will be shared amongst the players at TPC Harding Park this week, with the eventual winner banking a cool $1.98million.
For context, that’s the equivalent of the average annual income of 32 American households.
Not bad for four days’ work.
It’s also a marked increase on the money earned by Tiger Woods when he won the first of his first Wanamaker trophies. The 15-time major champion earned $630,000 for his victory at Medinah in 1999. The very first winner of the championship, Jim Barnes, earned $500 for his win at Siwanoy Country Club in New York back in 1906.
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Even this year’s runner-up will leave with a seven-figure cheque, with $1.188million going to the player who finishes second.
Here’s a full breakdown of how much each of the top-50 players will earn this week…