U.S. Open 2013 payout: Winner will take home $1.44 million

Drew Hallowell

There is a huge purse ready for distribution on Sunday at the U.S. Open as players compete for a piece of the $8 million pot.

EDIT: Justin Rose took home the $1.44 million first-place prize. Here are the 2013 U.S. Open payouts.

A lot of players remain in contention to win the 2013 U.S. Open entering Sunday's final round. In addition to competing for the title, players are also playing for a share of the the $8 million purse.

Whoever finishes atop the leaderboard will walk away with the trophy and a check for nearly $1.5 million. The payout drops considerably for second place, but all of the top finishers will be rewarded handsomely with six-figure checks for successfully battling Merion's tough conditions.

The winner will claim the $1.44 million first-place prize, but the top 20 finishers will win at least $100,000. Without much separation at the top of the leaderboard, whoever finishes second will likely look back at missed opportunities. Their heartbreak won't be helped by a loss of nearly $600,000 in winnings. The exact payout won't be determined until the final stroke is played and ties are factored in, but here's a look at the the top 10 payouts for the 2012 U.S. Open.

Place Player Prize Money
1 Webb Simpson $1,440,000
T-2 Michael Thompson $695,916
T-2 Graeme McDowell $695,916
T-4 Jason Dufner $276,841
T-4 Padraig Harrington $276,841
T-4 David Toms $276,841
T-4 John Peterson $276,841
T-4 Jim Furyk $276,841
T-10 John Senden $163,594
T-10 Kevin Chappell $163,594
T-10 Casey Wittenberg $163,594
T-10 Retief Goosen $163,594
T-10 Lee Westwood $163,594

With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake and a fluctuating leaderboard, the final holes at Merion could cost or earn players a fortune.

The 17th and 18th hole holes at the East Course have been among the toughest. Many players, including several near the top of the leaderboard, have finished bogey-bogey this week. A similar finish could drop a player multiple spots down the leaderboard and potentially cost him over $1 million.

While the pros compete for their share of the purse, the four amateurs who made the cut will not receive any prize money. In the case of Michael Kim, who started the final round in 10th place, he could miss out on a six-figure payout.

Unlike most of the other events on Tour, the money is typically secondary at the majors. They could hold a U.S. Open with the smallest purse all year and everyone would still show up and play. But the money changes hands with each missed putt, and perhaps a missed major title only adds insult to injury on Sunday.

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