There was $45 million on the line this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Yes, you read that correctly. Thirty golfers battled it out for the 2019 Tour Championship with a total of $45 million on the line and the winner taking home an almost preposterous $15 million. It's considered the largest prize pool every handed out at a single PGA Tour event.
First place was $15 million -- 15 million dollars! -- which is just outrageous. The total purse for the FedEx Cup (including for golfers who were ousted in the first two rounds of the playoffs and those who finished in the top 10 in the regular season) is $70 million with $45 million of that going to the 30 at the Tour Championship.
There are innumerable ways to contextualize all of this, but Justin Ray may have done it best when comparing this purse to Tiger Woods' first year on the PGA Tour.
Total combined purses for 1996 season on PGA Tour (year Tiger Woods turned professional): $65.9M— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) August 20, 2019
Total combined FedExCup bonus payout this week: $70M
As for this week, can you imagine showing up to play golf, playing worse than everyone else in attendance and still taking home almost $400,000? I get that guys have grinded all year to get to this point, but that's still preposterous.
Some fun facts on what is the undoubtedly the most money ever competed for in a single golf event:— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) August 19, 2019
-A top five finish this week nets you more $ than winning any other 2019 tournament
-The winner's earnings from THIS WEEK ALONE would rank 122nd on the all time money list
Here's a look at the total payouts for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup winner.
1st: $15 million -- Rory McIlroy
2nd: $5 million -- Xander Schauffele
3rd: $4 million -- Justin Thomas / Brooks Koepka
4th: $3 million -- Justin Thomas / Brooks Koepka
5th: $2.5 million -- Paul Casey
6th: $1.9 million -- Adam Scott
7th: $1.3 million -- Tony Finau
8th: $1.1 million -- Chez Reavie
9th: $950,000 -- Patrick Reed / Kevin Kisner / Hideki Matsuyama
10th: $830,000 -- Patrick Reed / Kevin Kisner / Hideki Matsuyama
11th: $750,000 -- Patrick Reed / Kevin Kisner / Hideki Matsuyama
12th: $705,000 -- Bryson DeChambeau / Jon Rahm
13th: $660,000 -- Bryson DeChambeau / Jon Rahm
14th: $620,000 -- Jason Kokrak
15th: $595,000 -- Gary Woodland
16th: $570,000 -- Tommy Fleetwood / Webb Simpson / Matt Kuchar
17th: $550,000 -- Tommy Fleetwood / Webb Simpson / Matt Kuchar
18th: $550,000 -- Tommy Fleetwood / Webb Simpson / Matt Kuchar
19th: $535,000 -- Sungjae Im / Rickie Fowler
20th: $520,000 -- Sungjae Im / Rickie Fowler
21st: $505,000 -- Louis Oosthuizen / Abraham Ancer / Patrick Cantlay
22nd: $490,000 -- Louis Oosthuizen / Abraham Ancer / Patrick Cantlay
23rd: $466,000 -- Louis Oosthuizen / Abraham Ancer / Patrick Cantlay
24th: $456,000 -- Mark Leishman / Brandt Snedeker
25th: $445,000 -- Mark Leishman / Brandt Snedeker
26th: $435,000 -- Justin Rose / Corey Conners
27th: $425,000 -- Justin Rose / Corey Conners
28th: $415,000 -- Charles Howell III
29th: $405,000 -- Dustin Johnson / Lucas Glover
30th: $395,000 -- Dusitn Johnson / Lucas Glover
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