Tour’s flagship event raises ante on golf’s major championships by offering millions more in prize money
Increased: To $15 million, including $2.7 million to the winner, the purse for the Players Championship, making the annual PGA Tour event the richest prize in golf. Tour commissioner Jay Monahan made the announcement during the recent Farmers Insurance Open, Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson reported, citing several players. Last year’s Players paid $12.5 million, of which winner Rory McIlroy earned $2.25 million. The move puts the Players, the Tour’s flagship event, ahead of golf’s four majors, which have yet to announce their 2020 purses: U.S. Open ($12.5 million in 2019), Masters ($11.5 million), PGA Championship ($11 million) and British Open ($10.75 million). The Masters (Augusta National Golf Club), PGA Championship (PGA of America), U.S. Open (U.S. Golf Association) and British Open (R&A) are part of the Tour schedule but not run by the Tour. The Players will be held March 12-15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.