What does the US Open golf champion win?


Victory at the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club comes with a lot more than a trophy. But besides the honor of winning a Major, what does Wyndham Clark receive?

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The winner of the men’s US Open would gladly accept the title as his prize, knowing his name will be listed alongside some of the game’s greatest-ever players. But the winner of the year’s third men’s Major receives a lot more than that.

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First, there’s the famous trophy, where his name will forever be engraved beside the likes of Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Then there’s the US Open gold medal, which they get to keep forever more.

But alongside the priceless prizes come some quantifiable rewards. The US Open increased its purse to $20m for 2023, up $2.5m on 2022 and double what it was in 2016.

wyndham Clark earned $3.6 million for his first Major win, up from the $3.15 million Matt Fitzpatrick received in 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Wyndham Clark is overwhelmed with emotion after winning the 2023 US Open.

Then there are the 100 Official World Golf Ranking points (enough for Rahm to return to No.1) and the 600 FedEx Cup points. What do points make? Well, in this case, the chance to get a headstart at the big-money Tour Championship and FedEx Cup finale at East Lake later this year and a lot of clout when it comes to renegotiating contracts with sponsors.

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Then there are the exemptions. With a win at Brookline, someone will get a 10-year US Open exemption and five-year exemptions into The Open, Masters and PGA Championship. The winner is also guaranteed a spot at the following year’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, a no-cut event in Hawaii that guarantees them a big pay cheque.

Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates his US Open win with Dad Russell, brother Alex, and Mum Susan.

The victor is also automatically invited to play in The Players Championship for the next five years and may also receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, which is automatic for regular members. Non-PGA Tour members who win the US Open have the choice of joining the PGA Tour either within 60 days of winning or prior to the beginning of any one of the next five tour seasons.

Finally, they will receive automatic invitations to three of the five senior majors once he turns 50 (just the 24 years to go in Rahm’s case); he receives a five-year invitation to the US Senior Open and a lifetime invitation to the Senior PGA Championship and Senior British Open.

But, as well know, it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts… especially when there’s this much cash up for grabs for those who just made the cut.

How much every player earns at the US Open

1: $3,600,000
2: $2,180,000
3: $1,380,000
4: $980,000
5: $820,000
6: $725,000
7: $675,000
8: $625,000
9: $585,000
10: $545,000
11: $505,000
12: $465,000
13: $425,000
14: $385,000
15: $365,000
16: $345,000
17: $325,000
18: $305,000
19: $285,000
20: $265,000
21: $245,000
22: $225,000
23: $209,000
24: $193,000
25: $177,000
26: $161,000
27: $155,000
28: $149,000
29: $143,000
30: $137,000
31: $131,000
32: $125,000
33: $119,000
34: $114,000
35: $109,000
36: $104,000
37: $99,000
38: $95,000
39: $91,000
40: $87,000
41: $83,000
42: $79,000
43: $75,000
44: $71,000
45: $67,000
46: $63,000
47: $59,000
48: $55,000
49: $53,000
50: $51,400
51: $50,200
52: $49,000
53: $48,200
54: $47,400
55: $47,000
56: $46,600
57: $46,200
58: $45,800
59: $45,400
60: $45,000
61: $44,600
62: $44,200
63: $43,800
64: $43,400
65: $43,000


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