The record purse and prize money breakdown for the 2022 US Open
The third golf major of the year is heading towards the final round, but what is the prize money on the line for the field in the US Open at The Country Club? How much is the total purse available?
It’s been a rather tumultuous past couple of weeks for golf.
The likes of Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson have broken away from the PGA Tour to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour.
They claim their reasons are to help reform the game of golf, although their bank accounts aren’t complaining either, as the likes of Rory McIlroy has stayed loyal to the PGA Tour.
After the first LIV event in the UK last weekend, Mickelson and his band of merry men made their way over to The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts for the US Open – the third golf major of the year.
There is just one round left to play at Brookline with the US Open and its prize money still on the line for those who made the cut – Mickelson not being one of them.
What is the total prize money on offer at the 2022 US Open and how much is the total purse available to the field?
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2022 US Open prize money and total purse
Traditionally the US Open prize money and purse has been one of the largest on the PGA Tour – even eclipsing that of The Masters at Augusta.
In 2022, the total prize purse for the US Open will be a hefty $17.5 million USD. That’s £14.3 million GBP.
It is the largest payout for any golf major in history, up $5 million USD from the 2021 championship, where Jon Rahm (below) claimed victory.
Whoever emerges victorious in Brookline will also pocket the normal 18% of the prize fund from the purse.
It means that whoever holds the trophy come Sunday night in Massachusetts will be doing so with the knowledge that a $3.150 million (£2.5 million GBP) cheque will be landing in their bank account on Monday morning.
In fact the top three will all pocket over a million dollars with $1.8 million USD (£1.4 million GBP) and $1.2 million USD (£981k GBP) heading their way.
Those who made the cut are all in line for a big payout with the top 20 all receiving over $200k (£163.5k GBP) in prize money from the US Open in 2022.
The top 33 will all take him a six figure sum, with 60th place set for $36,852 USD or £29,922.70 GBP for four days’ work.
What does the leaderboard look like going into the final round?
Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick are both tied on -4 under par going into the fourth and final round at Brookline.
Zalatoris lost to Justin Thomas in the playoff in the last major – the US PGA Championship.
Defending US Open winner Rahm is third one stroke behind in -3 after a +1 third round, while Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is in a three-way tie for fourth alongside Keegan Bradley and Adam Hadwin on -2.
McIlroy will go into the final day tied for seventh on -1 after carding a +3 third round.
Garcia, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Tommy Fleetwood, and Mickelson all failed to make the cut to reach the weekend.
Mickelson carded a dreadful +11 on Friday for one of the worst rounds of his career, and with no great surprise missed the cut.
The US Open is the one major to have eluded Mickelson in his career, and it seems as far away as ever for the six-time runner-up.
Tiger Woods is not playing the US Open as he continues to build strength following his 2021 car accident in his legs.
He has said he intends to the The Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland in July.
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