There's a lot on the line at major championships, and that was once again the case Sunday at the 2021 PGA Championship with a massive cash prize and the Wanamaker Trophy going to the victor. While a cash prize may not be atop of the list for everyone, there was still a significant sum available to be claimed at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
The purse for the 103rd PGA Championship was set at a record $12 million, a sum that surpasses every other major except the U.S. Open. The champion's prize this year is $2.16 million, and that goes to Phil Mickelson, who at age 50 became the oldest major champion in the history of the sport on Sunday.
Sunday marked the first time that a PGA Championship winner has earned more than $2 million from the purse, which passed the Masters this year for the second-largest in the major championship rotation. The U.S. Open remains the biggest purse at the moment with $12.5 million being distributed to the competitors last year and $2.25 million going to the winner Bryson DeChambeau.
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Here's a look at all the prize money and payouts for the 103rd PGA Championship.
2021 PGA Championship prize money, purse, payouts
Total purse: $12 million
1st (Winner): $2,160,000 -- Phil Mickelson
2nd: $1,296,000 -- Louis Oosthuizen, Brooks Koepka ($1.056 million each)
4th: $576,000 -- Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Harry Higgs, Paul Casey ($462,250 each)
8th: $350,000 -- Abraham Ancer, Justin Rose, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Will Zalatoris, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Kevin Streelman ($263,000 each)
17th: $193,000 -- Aaron Wise, Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman, Keegan Bradley, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im ($168,000 each)
23rd: $133,000 -- Chan Kim, Jason Scrivener, Hideki Matsuyama, Martin Laird, Billy Horschel, Patrick Cantlay, Matthew Fitzpatrick ($100,814 each)
30th: $73,000 -- Matt Jones, Stewart Cink, Viktor Hovland, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth, Joaquin Niemann, Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($59,750 each)
38th: $47,000 -- Emiliano Grillo, Tyrell Hatton, Richy Werenski, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Branden Grace ($42,000 each)
44th: $35,000 -- Jason Day, Daniel Van Tonder, Talor Gooch, Ben Cook, Steve Stricker ($31,300 each)
49th: $27,000 -- Byeong Hun An, Sam Horsfield, Rory McIlroy, Robert MacIntyre, Harold Varner III, Jason Kokrak ($24,883 each)
55th: $23,000 -- Matt Wallace, Alex Noren, Carlos Ortiz, Joel Dahmen ($22,475 each)
59th: $21,800 -- Cameron Davis, Robert Streb, Dean Burmester, Denny McCarthy, Cameron Smith ($21,400 each)
64th: $20,800 -- Garrick Higgo, Henrik Stenson, Harris English, Adam Hadwin, Tom Hoge, Danny Willett, Jimmy Walker ($20,200 each)
When golfers tie for a position, their share of the purse is an average of what those competitors would be paid if they were positioned in order. Players making the cut but finishing below 70th place -- Lucas Herbert, Russell Henley, Tom Lewis, Lee Westwood, Daniel Berger, Wyndham Clark, Brendan Steele, Brad Marek, Rasmus Hojgaard, Bubba Watson, Brian Gay -- will be paid in decreasing increments of $100 starting with 71st getting $19,500. All players who missed the cut with a 36-hole score will be paid $3,200, and any players who made the cut but withdraw before the conclusion of 72 holes will also be paid $3,200.