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How much the world’s top golfers earn for winning a Major

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The world's premier golfers have descended on Bellerive Country Club in Missouri this week for a shot at winning the last Major of the year, the US PGA Championship.

And it isn't just glory and the Wanamaker Trophy at stake at the 100th edition of the tournament – the winner also stands to pocket a cheque for $1.89m.

That is the same sum that Justin Thomas earned when he landed the title last year, with the total prize pot of $10.5m also unchanged.

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Here is the breakdown of 2018 US PGA Championship prize money distribution for the top 10 finishers.

US PGA 2018 position Prize money
1 $1.89m
2 $1.13m
3 $714,000
4 $504,000
5 $420,000
6 $351,750
7 $328,650
8 $307,650
9 $286,650
10 $265,650

Once on an equal footing with the US Open and the Masters, the US PGA is now the slightly poorer relation to its fellow American-based Majors.

The US Open, retained by Brooks Koepka earlier this year, pays its winner $2.16m from a total prize fund of $12.0m, making it the most lucrative tournament in golf.

The Masters, won in 2018 by Patrick Reed, awards a top prize of $1.98m from a pot of $11.0m.

The Open Championship, in which Francesco Molinari triumphed last month, and The Players Championship – dubbed the unofficial Fifth Major and once golf's richest event – offer the same rewards as the US PGA.

Tournament Prize fund Winner's payment
The Masters $11.0m $1.98m
US Open $12.0m $2.16m
The Open $10.5m $1.89m
US PGA $10.5m $1.89m
The Players $10.5m $1.89m

The US PGA runs from Thursday 9 August to Sunday 12 August.

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