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



The PGA Tour has 46 official tournaments on its 2018-2019 schedule, with prize money totaling $389,350,000. 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 August.

However, not every tournament has the same purse. In fact, purses in PGA Tour events range from $3 million to $12.5 million in 2018-19. 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 Players Championship, which now boasts a $12.5 million purse. The U.S. Open, which saw its purse increased from $10 million in 2016 to $12 million in 2017 and remains there in 2019.

There are purses of every size in between. The four World Golf Championships events have the same purse of $10.25 million, except the WGC-HSBC Champions at $10 million. The four FedEx Cup playoff events have the same purse of $9.25 million. The Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack Nicklaus' the Memorial Tournament share the same distinction of the next-best class of purses at $9.1 million.

With the Tour Championship now representing the final event for the FedEx Cup schedule and having no purse of its own, it technically has a payout of $46 million for the 30 qualifying players.

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.

2019 PGA Tour purses, ranked from biggest to smallest

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DATE TOURNEY PURSE 1st PLACE
Aug 25 Tour Championship $46,000,000 $15,000,000
Mar 17 The Players Championship $12,500,000 $2,250,000
Jun 16 U.S. Open $12,000,000 $2,160,000
Apr 14 Masters Tournament $11,500,000 $2,070,000
May 19 PGA Championship $11,000,000 $1,980,000
Jul 21 The Open Championship $11,000,000 $1,980,000
Oct 28 WGC-HSBC Champions $10,000,000 $1,800,000
Feb 24 WGC-Mexico Championship $10,250,000 $1,742,500
Mar 31 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play $10,250,000 $1,742,500
Jul 28 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational $10,250,000 $1,742,500
Oct 21 The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges $9,500,000 $1,710,000
Aug 11 The Northern Trust $9,250,000 $1,665,000
Aug 18 BMW Championship $9,250,000 $1,665,000
Mar 10 Arnold Palmer Invitational $9,100,000 $1,638,000
Jun 02 the Memorial Tournament $9,100,000 $1,638,000
May 05 Wells Fargo Championship $7,900,000 $1,422,000
May 12 AT&T Byron Nelson $7,900,000 $1,422,000
Feb 10 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro $7,600,000 $1,368,000
Jun 09 RBC Canadian Open $7,600,000 $1,368,000
Apr 07 Valero Texas Open $7,500,000 $1,350,000
Feb 17 Genesis Open $7,400,000 $1,332,000
Apr 28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans $7,300,000 $1,314,000
May 26 Charles Schwab Challenge $7,300,000 $1,314,000
Jun 30 Rocket Mortgage Classic $7,300,000 $1,314,000
Nov 11 Mayakoba Golf Classic $7,200,000 $1,296,000
Jun 23 Travelers Championship $7,200,000 $1,296,000
Jan 27 Farmers Insurance Open $7,100,000 $1,278,000
Feb 03 Waste Management Phoenix Open $7,100,000 $1,278,000
Oct 14 CIMB Classic $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Nov 04 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open $7,000,000 $1,260,000
Apr 21 RBC Heritage $6,900,000 $1,242,000
Mar 03 The Honda Classic $6,800,000 $1,224,000
Mar 24 Valspar Championship $6,700,000 $1,206,000
Jan 06 Sentry Tournament of Champions $6,500,000 $1,170,000
Oct 07 Safeway Open $6,400,000 $1,152,000
Nov 18 The RSM Classic $6,400,000 $1,152,000
Jan 13 Sony Open in Hawaii $6,400,000 $1,152,000
Jul 07 3M Open $6,400,000 $1,152,000
Aug 04 Wyndham Championship $6,200,000 $1,116,000
Jul 14 John Deere Classic $6,000,000 $1,080,000
Jan 20 CareerBuilder Challenge $5,900,000 $1,062,000
Oct 28 Sanderson Farms Championship $4,400,000 $792,000
Jul 21 Barbasol Championship $3,500,000 $630,000
Jul 28 Barracuda Championship $3,500,000 $630,000
Feb 24 Puerto Rico Open $3,000,000 $540,000
Mar 31 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship $3,000,000 $540,000

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