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2014 John Deere Classic purse: Winner will earn $846,000 of total $4.7 million payout

The smallest purse of the year is up for grabs at the John Deere, but the winner's check could be life-changing for one of the two players currently in the lead.

Michael Cohen

While most of the golf world turns their eyes to the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, there's still some business left to finish and $4.7 million to hand out at the John Deere Classic. There's also one final spot in the season's third major up for grabs in the Quad Cities region, the top player on the board not already exempt earning that trip overseas to Hoylake.

The John Deere Classic has settled in nicely on the annual PGA Tour rota, and it's well-attended in the country's heartland. But despite some big-name winners in recent years -- Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth -- it maintains the smallest purse of the year, and by a good margin. There are 11 events with purses under $6 million, and the John Deere Classic is the only one south of $5 million. The Open has the next lowest purse on this year's Tour, doling out $5M are CordeValle during the fall series wraparound schedule. It's the smallest purse, but the tournament continues to draw a solid field and produce low scores for regular Sunday final round drama.

With such a small purse, this is one of the rare events where the winner doesn't take home a $1M-plus check. The first place payout is set for $846,000 at the 2014 edition. Zach Johnson and Brian Harman are the two contenders coming down the stretch. Johnson has over $34M in career earnings, while Harman has just over $3.4M so it's definitely more of a life-changing paycheck for the latter. Harman is also not in the field at the Open Championship, but a second-place finish would be good enough to get him there if Johnson, who is already exempt, were to win it.

Here are the payout totals for the top 25 this week at Deere Run:

Place Percent of Purse Payout
1 18.00% $846,000
2 10.80% $507,600
3 6.80% $319,600
4 4.80% $225,600
5 4.00% $188,000
6 3.60% $169,200
7 3.35% $157,450
8 3.10% $145,700
9 2.90% $136,300
10 2.70% $126,900
11 2.50% $117,500
12 2.30% $108,100
13 2.10% $98,700
14 1.90% $89,300
15 1.80% $84,600
16 1.70% $79,900
17 1.60% $75,200
18 1.50% $70,500
19 1.40% $65,800
20 1.30% $61,100
21 1.20% $56,400
22 1.12% $52,640
23 1.04% $48,880
24 0.96% $45,120
25 0.88% $41,360


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