Ranking PGA Tour tournament purses from biggest to smallest
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Ranking PGA Tour tournament purses from biggest to smallest


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The PGA Tour has 50 official tournaments on its 2017-2018 schedule, with prize money totaling $342,050,000. There's a lot of money on the line from the beginning of the season in October to the end of the season with the culmination of the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Tour Championship in September.

However, not every tournament has the same purse. In fact, purses in PGA Tour events range from $3 million to $12 million in 2017-18. The smallest purse belongs to the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March. The largest purse belongs to the U.S. Open, which saw its purse increased from $10 million in 2016 to $12 million in 2017 and remains there in 2018.

There are purses of every size in between. The four World Golf Championships events have the same purse of $10 million. The four FedEx Cup playoff events have the same purse of $9 million. The Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack Nicklaus' the Memorial Tournament share the same distinction of the next-best class of purses at $8.9 million.



Only five tournaments have a first-place payout of less than $1 million.

Take a look at the full list of PGA Tour purses from largest to smallest.

2018 PGA Tour purses, ranked from biggest to smallest

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DATE TOURNEY PURSE 1st PLACE
Jun 17 U.S. Open $12,000,000 $2,160,000
Apr 8 Masters Tournament $11,000,000 $1,980,000
May 13 The Players Championship $11,000,000 $1,980,000
Aug 12 PGA Championship $10,500,000 $1,890,000
Jul 22 The Open Championship (British Open) $10,025,000 $1,804,500
Aug 5 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational $10,000,000 $1,700,000
Mar 25 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play $10,000,000 $1,700,000
Mar 4 WGC-Mexico Championship $10,000,000 $1,700,000
Oct 22 The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges $9,250,000 $1,665,000
Oct 29 WGC-HSBC Champions $9,750,000 $1,660,000
Aug 6 The Northern Trust $9,000,000 $1,620,000
Sep 9 BMW Championship $9,000,000 $1,620,000
Sep 23 Tour Championship $9,000,000 $1,620,000
Sep 3 Dell Technologies Championship $9,000,000 $1,620,000
Jun 3 The Memorial Tournament $8,900,000 $1,602,000
Mar 18 Arnold Palmer Invitational $8,900,000 $1,602,000
May 20 AT&T Byron Nelson $7,700,000 $1,386,000
May 6 Wells Fargo Championship $7,700,000 $1,386,000
Feb 11 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am $7,400,000 $1,332,000
Feb 18 Genesis Open $7,200,000 $1,296,000
Apr 30[n 2] Zurich Classic $7,200,000 $1,296,000
Jul 1 The National $7,100,000 $1,278,000
Jul 8 Greenbrier Classic $7,100,000 $1,278,000
May 27 Ft. Worth Invitational $7,100,000 $1,278,000
Apr 1 Houston Open $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Jun 23 Travelers Championship $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Nov 12 OHL Classic $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Oct 15 CIMB Classic $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Feb 4 Waste Management Phoenix Open $6,900,000 $1,242,000
Jan 28 Farmers Insurance Open $6,900,000 $1,242,000
Nov 6 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open $6,800,000 $1,224,000
Apr 15 RBC Heritage $6,700,000 $1,206,000
Feb 25 The Honda Classic $6,600,000 $1,188,000
Jun 10 FedEx St. Jude Classic $6,600,000 $1,188,000
Mar 11 Valspar Championship $6,500,000 $1,170,000
Jan 7 Sentry Tournament of Champions $6,300,000 $1,134,000
Apr 22 Valero Texas Open $6,200,000 $1,116,000
Jan 14 Sony Open in Hawaii $6,200,000 $1,116,000
Jul 29 RBC Canadian Open $6,200,000 $1,116,000
Oct 8 Safeway Open $6,200,000 $1,116,000
Aug 19 Wyndham Championship $6,000,000 $1,080,000
Nov 19[n 1] RSM Classic $6,000,000 $1,080,000
Jan 21 CareerBuilder Challenge $5,900,000 $1,062,000
Jul 15 John Deere Classic $5,800,000 $1,044,000
Oct 29 Sanderson Farms Championship $4,300,000 $774,000
Jul 22 Barbasol Championship $3,500,000 $630,000
Aug 5 Barracuda Championship $3,400,000 $612,000
Mar 25 Puerto Rico Open $3,000,000 $540,000
Mar 25 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship $3,000,000 $540,000

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