Excitement is building as the 123rd U.S. Open approaches, with players vying for not only the prestigious title but also a record-breaking purse. The USGA has announced that this year’s tournament at the Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course will feature the largest prize money payout in its history.
In a recent statement, USGA CEO Mike Whan revealed that the total purse for the event will be a staggering $20 million. The winner of the U.S. Open will claim an impressive $3.6 million, a sum that puts it on par with the prize money awarded at other major tournaments throughout the season.
Unprecedented Prize Money Breakdown
To give you a sense of the scale of this year’s U.S. Open purse, let’s take a closer look at the distribution of prize money. The runner-up will receive a hefty payout of $2.16 million, while the third-place finisher will also clear the $1 million mark, taking home $1.41 million. Even those finishing in tenth place will be rewarded handsomely with a prize of $491,182.
The USGA has been consistently increasing the purse for the U.S. Open in recent years to reflect the growing significance and popularity of the event. Last year, Matt Fitzpatrick secured a remarkable $3.15 million after his victory at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Two years ago, Jon Rahm walked away with $2.25 million for his triumph at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
More Than Just Money at Stake
While the substantial cash prize is undoubtedly a major incentive for golfers competing in the U.S. Open, there are other valuable perks for the winner. In addition to the financial reward, the 2023 U.S. Open champion will receive an exemption to participate in the tournament for the next 10 years. Furthermore, they will be granted invitations to the next five Masters Tournaments, the next five Open Championships, the next five PGA Championships, and the next five Players Championships.
As a further testament to their victory, the champion will be awarded the prestigious U.S. Open trophy, which they can keep for one year. They will also receive the Jack Nicklaus Medal, a symbol of excellence in the sport, and a replica trophy as a cherished memento.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2023 U.S. Open!
Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2023 U.S. Open, which will take place from June 15th to June 18th. This highly anticipated tournament promises thrilling competition and the opportunity to witness history in the making.
Full Prize Money Breakdown
Here is the complete breakdown of the prize money for the 2023 U.S. Open:
Additionally, all golfers who do not make the cut will receive a consolation prize of $10,000.