The third major championship of the calendar year from the PGA is upon us as the US Open takes centre stage in world golf.
Amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding the Saudi Arabia backed LIV Golf invitational series, the best players in the world are heading to The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts for the 122nd edition of the event.
Spain’s Jon Rahm will return to defend the title that he won for the first time in 2021 while 2011 winner Rory McIlroy will once again represent the UK’s best hope for victory.
Not only will the historic trophy be up for grabs but the winner could also bag themselves one of the biggest financial prizes of the PGA golfing calendar.
Here is what we know so far about the prize money for the 2022 US Open Championship:
2022 US Open Championship prize purse
The official prize purse for the 2022 US Open Championship was officially confirmed by the PGA this week.
The event has seen its overall purse increase of $5,000,000 (USD) from 2021 to $17,500,000, making it the most lucrative of the four major tournaments.
This year, the prize purse for both The Masters and the PGA Championship also increased to $15,000,000 while The Players Championship was a whopping $20,000,000.
The prize purse for The Open, which takes place at St Andrews in July, is yet to be confirmed but will likely equal the $15,000,000 of The Masters and PGA Championship.
How much does the winner of the US Open get?
Along with the overall purse, the winner’s share has also been increased for 2022.
The player who tops the leaderboard after the final round of play will take home $3,150,000 which will be the largest single prize of any of the four majors and the second largest of any PGA Tour event.
The winner’s share for The Masters, which was won by Scottie Scheffler this year, also increased from 2021 to $2,700,000 while Justin Thomas also took home the same figure for winning the PGA Championship last month.
Meanwhile, Australian Cameron Smith earned himself a staggering $3,600,000 for winning the 2022 edition of The Players Championship.
This year’s defending champion Jon Rahm received $2,250,000 for his 2021 win at The US Open.
Collin Morikawa took home $2,070,000 for winning The Open while Phil Mickelson received $2,160,000 for victory at the PGA Championship and Hideki Matsuyama’s win at The Masters picked netted him $2,070,000.
The only event with a larger prize for the winner on the 2020/21 tour was The Players Championship with Justin Thomas earning $2,700,000.
How many FedEx Cup points does the winner of the US Open get?
The winner of the US Open earns 100 FedEx Cup points.
That is the highest number of points for any single event on the PGA Tour and is equal to The Open, The Masters and the PGA Championship.
Although The Players Championship awards the highest cash prize of any event, the winner only gets 80 FedEx Cup points for their victory.