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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.

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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… 

1st: $1.98million
2nd: $1.188million
3rd: $748,000
4th: $528,000
5th: $450,500
6th: $380,000
7th: $343,650
8th: $319,600
9th: $295,600
10th: $272,380

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11th: $251,590
12th: $242,400
13th: $214,800
14th: $199,050
15th: $184,280
16th: $170,700
17th: $161,000
18th: $152,000
19th: $143,000
20th: $134,000

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21st: $125,000
22nd: $116,000
23rd: $107,000
24th: $100,000
25th: $93,000
26th: $87,000
27th: $82,000
28th: $77,000
29th: $74,000
30th: $71,000


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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