2017 U.S. Open purse increases to record $12 million in payouts

In 1960, when Arnold Palmer won maybe the most famous U.S. Open ever, he received $14,400 for his efforts. The entire purse was $60,270. When you include inflation, that is still less than $500,000 in today's dollars. This year, when the tournament heads to Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the U.S. Open purse size will swell to $12 million.

This usurps the Players Championship and PGA Championship, both of which have $10.5 million purses. The Masters purse is $10 million. The Open Championship is a little less than that.

"When you look at the USGA championships, by and large, just about any way you look at, they're the most important championships not only in the U.S. but in the world," USGA executive director/CEO Mike Davis told Golf Digest. "And we talked about that and said the purses really should reflect that."

Well, they certainly do now.

In addition to the oversized total purse, the winner will also get nearly $2.2 million compared to the $1.8 million Dustin Johnson wore last year (poor guy). Here is a look at how the total purse size of this tournament has increased over the years.

YearLocationPurse
2017Erin Hills$12,000,000
2007Oakmont$7,000,000
1997Congressional$2,600,000
1987Olympic Club$825,000
1977Southern Hills$253,000
1967Baltusrol$169,400
1957Inverness$30,000
1947St. Louis Country Club$10,000
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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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