Two years after the USGA signed its megadeal with Fox Sports at just under $100 million a year, it is finally sharing that with the players.
USGA executive director Mike Davis said at the annual meeting last week that the U.S. Open purse would be $12 million this year at Erin Hills, a $2 million increase from the previous two years.
That would make the U.S. Open the richest purse in golf — with $2.16 million for the winner — though that depends on what The Players Championship chooses to do. The Players last year had the largest purse at $10.5 million.
The USGA also is raising the U.S. Women’s Open purse to $5 million. The next largest purse in women’s golf is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at $3.5 million.
The U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open (which doesn’t start until 2018) will go up to $4 million.