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2015 Players Championship payout: Richest purse in golf up for grabs in Sunday's final round

The Players has long boasted the title "richest purse in golf" but they'll have to share it with at least two majors this year.

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The PGA Tour does not operate or control any of the four majors, so The Players is their baby. They do everything they can to push and promote it as the game's "fifth major" and one of the big ways they try to achieve that status is having the richest purse in golf.

The Players has been the most lucrative single event on the PGA Tour for several years now, but a 2013 announcement the PGA Tour made in conjunction with the PGA of America set off an arms race of sorts. In that press conference, Tim Finchem of the Tour and Ted Bishop of the PGA of America announced together that they were moving the purse of their organizations' marquee events to $10 million. It was a dramatic increase, and one that, for the PGA Championship, zoomed it past the Masters. U.S. Open, and Open Championship.

The other three majors all made significant jumps toward that $10 million mark last year, but The Players and the PGA still held the title as richest purse in golf. The numbers from some of the big events in golf last year:

  • Players Championship/PGA Championship -- winner took $1.8M of $10M purse
  • British Open -- winner took $1,665,788 of $9.19 million purse
  • Masters/U.S. Open -- winner took $1.62M of $9M purse

But this year, the green jackets at Augusta, who keep their purse under wraps beforehand, decided to match the $10 million mark and Jordan Spieth walked away with a $1.8 million check.

Chris Kirk, who held the 54-hole lead, has $11,323,500 in career earnings. He's an accomplished player with three Tour wins. He made a major run at winning last year's FedExCup and probably should have made the USA Ryder Cup team, but this would obviously be the biggest win and biggest payday of his career.

Two players lurking just behind Kirk at the start of the final round are Billy Horschel and Bill Haas, who have already bagged that $10 million bonus windfall for winning a FedExCup. That's the biggest check you can earn in the game, but it comes after a four-event postseason. A Players win would be the biggest single victory in both of their careers, although both are obviously not hurting for money after those FedExCup titles.

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The event is not without its critics, who say TPC Sawgrass and The Players are overhyped and marketed by a Tour desperate to have an event that's the peer of the majors. It does not have the prestige of a major, but the money will always be major championship level. Even with the Masters now matching their $10 million mark, I would expect, so long as Tim Finchem is around, that The Players will always at least share a claim to the "richest purse in golf" title.

The Players purse is so big that even the guy who doesn't win can take home seven figures. The second-place finisher, if there are no ties, hauls $1.08 million.

UPDATE: Here are the final full field payout totals:

Place Player Score Payout
1 Rickie Fowler -12 $1,800,000
T2 Kevin Kisner -12 $880,000
T2 Sergio Garcia -12 $880,000
T4 Bill Haas -11 $440,000
T4 Ben Martin -11 $440,000
T6 Rory Sabbatini -9 $347,500
T6 Kevin Na -9 $347,500
T8 Jamie Donaldson -8 $270,000
T8 Rory McIlroy -8 $270,000
T8 Brian Harman -8 $270,000
T8 John Senden -8 $270,000
T8 Ryo Ishikawa -8 $270,000
T13 David Toms -7 $187,500
T13 Zach Johnson -7 $187,500
T13 Billy Horschel -7 $187,500
T13 Chris Kirk -7 $187,500
T17 Henrik Stenson -6 $130,857
T17 Russell Knox -6 $130,857
T17 Hideki Matsuyama -6 $130,857
T17 George McNeill -6 $130,857
T17 Derek Fathauer -6 $130,857
T17 Pat Perez -6 $130,857
T17 Jerry Kelly -6 $130,857
T24 Marc Leishman -5 $81,000
T24 Geoff Ogilvy -5 $81,000
T24 Russell Henley -5 $81,000
T24 Patrick Reed -5 $81,000
T24 Chesson Hadley -5 $81,000
T24 Justin Thomas -5 $81,000
T30 Erik Compton -4 $58,125
T30 James Hahn -4 $58,125
T30 Robert Streb -4 $58,125
T30 Sang-Moon Bae -4 $58,125
T30 Charley Hoffman -4 $58,125
T30 Bo Van Pelt -4 $58,125
T30 Ian Poulter -4 $58,125
T30 Scott Brown -4 $58,125
T38 Steve Stricker -3 $44,000
T38 Stephen Gallacher -3 $44,000
T38 Martin Flores -3 $44,000
T38 Adam Scott -3 $44,000
T42 Padraig Harrington -2 $31,400
T42 Chris Stroud -2 $31,400
T42 K.J. Choi -2 $31,400
T42 Matt Every -2 $31,400
T42 Freddie Jacobson -2 $31,400
T42 Branden Grace -2 $31,400
T42 Bubba Watson -2 $31,400
T42 Jhonattan Vegas -2 $31,400
T42 David Hearn -2 $31,400
T51 Brendon Todd -1 $23,680
T51 Charl Schwartzel -1 $23,680
T51 J.B. Holmes -1 $23,680
T51 Joost Luiten -1 $23,680
T51 Luke Guthrie -1 $23,680
T56 Graeme McDowell E $22,200
T56 Robert Allenby E $22,200
T56 Graham DeLaet E $22,200
T56 Jim Furyk E $22,200
T56 Cameron Tringale E $22,200
T56 Martin Kaymer E $22,200
T56 Charles Howell III E $22,200
T63 Vijay Singh 1 $21,200
T63 Bryce Molder 1 $21,200
T63 Brendon de Jonge 1 $21,200
T66 Webb Simpson 2 $20,600
T66 Ernie Els 2 $20,600
T66 Scott Langley 2 $20,600
T69 Dustin Johnson 3 $20,000
T69 Tiger Woods 3 $20,000
T69 Louis Oosthuizen 3 $20,000
72 Troy Merritt 4 $19,600
73 Nick Taylor 5 $19,400
74 Alex Cejka 11 $19,200
75 Scott Stallings 13 $19,000

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