The biggest purses in women’s professional golf come in major tournaments or events just shy of major status, all carrying big first-place prize money and the largest payouts in the sport.
The U.S. Women’s Open has the biggest purse in golf as of 2019, with the United States Golf Association setting the purse to $5.5 million, with the winner getting a record $1,000,000.
However, starting in 2019, the second-largest LPGA purse and the largest single first-place payout on the LPGA belongs to the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The purse will increase to from $2.5 million to $5 million, with the winner’s share increasing from $500,000 to $1.5 million. The first-place payout effectively combines the Race to the CME Globe prize of $1 million with that of the tournament, making it a single, easy-to-understand payout.
The AIG Women’s British Open has the third-largest purse in women’s golf, with the R&A increasing the 2019 purse by $1.25 million to $4.5 million.
The Evian Championship has the fourth-largest purse in women’s golf, with its purse set at $3.85 million and set to continue to increase as Evian commits long-term to the standing of the LPGA’s fifth major championship.
The fifth-largest LPGA purse in women’s golf is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which is currently at $3.65 million, just behind The Evian Championship.
Just four current LPGA events have purses of $3 million or more, meaning the ANA Inspiration is the only major championship not to have a purse of at least $3 million.
A total of 10 other tournaments on the schedule have a purse of $2 million or more.