The winner of the 2019 PGA Championship gets a lot of money, and the PGA Championship first-place payout is commensurate with winning a major championship.
The 2019 PGA Championship purse is $11 million, even from the prior year. The PGA of America pays 18 percent of the total purse to the winner, so the 2019 PGA Championship winner will earn $1,980,000 as the first-place payout.
In 2018, Brooks Koepka won $1,980,000 as the PGA Championship winner's check from an $11 million purse.
The PGA Championship does not have the biggest purse in professional golf. That belongs to The Players Championship, which has a $12.5 million purse. The US Open is second best with a $12 million purse.
However, the tournament with the highest first-place payout in all of professional golf now belongs to the European Tour. The winner of the season-ending 2019 DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour will win $3,000,000, making it the biggest first-place payout in all of golf.