How much money each player will earn in the Tour Championship

The image of Justin Thomas is reflected in the FedEx Cup as he goes to pick it up after winning it during the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) AP Photo/John Amis

How much money each player will earn in the Tour Championship

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How much money each player will earn in the Tour Championship

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The Tour Championship this week at East Lake in Atlanta offers the biggest single-event purse in PGA Tour history – $45 million.

And yet, the Tour Championship has no PGA Tour “prize money.”

OK, we’re having a little fun with semantics here.

The PGA Tour is not offering any prize money to the 30 golfers who made it to the final of the three-event FedEx Cup Playoffs this week.

However, there is still a huge pile of FedEx Cup race bonus cash available, including $15 million set aside for the winner in Atlanta on Sunday.

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And to be clear, FedEx Cup bonus money is not considered part of a player’s official earnings for the season.

A record $70 million was available this season as bonus money. The first $10 million was awarded as part the Wyndham Rewards Top 10. The money was given to the player who finished in the top 10 of the regular-season standings. Brooks Koepka finished first and earned $2 million.

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That leaves $60 million in FedEx Cup cash – $45 million of it up for grabs at East Lake and the rest will be dispersed among those who finished between 31st and 150th in the FedEx Cup Standings.

In the biggest change from the past, all of the FedEx Cup bonus money will be awarded based solely on how players finish this weekend. Last year, Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship but Justin Rose was able to hold on for the FedEx Cup Championship and $10 million in bonus money.

Justin Thomas will enter play on Thursday at 10-under par and with a 2-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. Thomas and Cantlay are 1 and 2  respectively in the FedEx Cup standings after the BMW Championship.

The runner-up on Sunday will earn $5 million. That number alone needs its own paragraph. We could very much see a situation where one shot separates the winner and runner-up, or the Tour Championship is won in a playoff.  That $10 million disparity for a potential single shot is more than the $9 million won by Phil Mickelson in his “Match” against Tiger Woods on the 22nd hole last year.

Eight players at East Lake this week will earn at least $1 million and everyone who plays this weekend is guaranteed at least $395,000.

Here’s some perspective on these numbers, courtesy of No Laying Up:

  • A top five-finish this week nets you more money than winning any other 2019 tournament
  • The winner’s earnings from this week alone would rank 122nd on the all-time money list

The other players who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs but missed out on the BMW Championship or the Tour Championship will earn at least $100,000 in FedEx Cup bonus money on top of their annual PGA Tour earnings, while Nos. 126-150 in the final FedExCup standings get an additional $70,000 in bonuses.

Tour Championship Prize Money Breakdown

Pos. Money
1. $15 million
2. $5 million
3. $4 million
4. $3 million
5. $2.5 million
6. $1.9 million
7. $1.3 million
8. $1.1 million
9. $950,000
10. $830,000
11. $750,000
12. $705,000
13. $660,000
14. $620,000
15. $595,000
16. $570,000
17. $550,000
18. $535,000
19. $520,000
20. $505,000
21. $490,000
22. $478,000
22. $478,000
23. $466,000
24. $456,000
25. $445,000
26. $435,000
27. $425,000
28. $415,000
29. $405,000
30. $395,000

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