What does the US Open golf champion win?

Victory at the US Open at Pinehurst comes with a lot more than a trophy. But besides the honor of winning a Major, what will 2024’s champion receive?

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.

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. For its 124th running, a record-breaking $21.5 million purse will be distributed between the 156-man field, with the winner taking a $4.3 million cut. The prize fund represents the largest ever to be competed for at a major championship.

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, but still some way short of the $4.5 million won by Scottie Scheffler at The Players Championship and the regular prize funds offered on LIV Golf.

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

Then there are the 100 Official World Golf Ranking points (not nearly enough for anyone to knock Scottie Scheffler off his No.1 perch) 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.

Then there are the exemptions. With a win at Pinehurst No.2, 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 20 years to go in Clark’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 did every player earn at the 2023 US Open?

1Wyndham Clark-10$3,600,000
2Rory McIlroy-9$2,160,000
3Scottie Scheffler-7$1,413,430
4Cameron Smith-6$990,867
T5Rickie Fowler-5$738,934
T5Tommy Fleetwood-5$738,934
T5Min Woo Lee-5$738,934
T8Tom Kim-4$562,808
T8Harris English-4$562,808
T10Austin Eckroat-3$435,018
T10Jon Rahm-3$435,018
T10Xander Schauffele-3$435,018
T10Dustin Johnson-3$435,018
T14Russell Henley-2$332,343
T14Collin Morikawa-2$332,343
T14Patrick Cantlay-2$332,343
T17Brooks Koepka-1$284,167
T17Matt Fitzpatrick-1$284,167
19Viktor HovlandE$258,662
T20Jordan Smith1$200,152
T20Nick Hardy1$200,152
T20Denny McCarthy1$200,152
T20Keith Mitchell1$200,152
T20Shane Lowry1$200,152
T20Bryson DeChambeau1$200,152
T20Ryutaro Nagano1$200,152
T27Sahith Theegala2$143,295
T27Sergio Garcia2$143,295
T27Justin Suh2$143,295
T27Tyrrell Hatton2$143,295
T27Padraig Harrington2$143,295
T32Dylan Wu3$108,001
T32Patrick Rodgers3$108,001
T32Sam Burns3$108,001
T32Joaquin Niemann3$108,001
T32Cameron Young3$108,001
T32Tony Finau3$108,001
T32Hideki Matsuyama3$108,001
T39David Puig4$85,441
T39Gordon Sargent (a)4$0
T39Eric Cole4$85,441
T39Si Woo Kim4$85,441
T43Sam Bennett5$64,582
T43Sebastián Muñoz5$64,582
T43Andrew Putnam5$64,582
T43Sam Stevens5$64,582
T43Billy Horschel5$64,582
T43Brian Harman5$64,582
T43Ryan Fox5$64,582
T50Mackenzie Hughes6$48,299
T50Charley Hoffman6$48,299
T50Kevin Streelman6$48,299
T50Gary Woodland6$48,299
T54Romain Langasque7$45,270
T54Abraham Ancer7$45,270
T56Patrick Reed8$44,420
T56Ryan Gerard8$44,420
58Yuto Katsuragawa9$43,783
59Adam Hadwin11$43,358
T60Jacob Solomon12$42,720
T60Adam Svensson12$42,720
62Ben Carr (a)13$0
63Ryo Ishikawa14$42,083
64Aldrich Potgieter (a)15$0
65Maxwell Moldovan (a)17$0
*The USGA also pays each player who missed the cut $10,000.

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