We officially have the highest paying tournament in all of golf, the U.S. Open. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis announced last week that the U.S. Open will pay out $12 million this year when the tournament takes place at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin. The announcement marks a $2 million increase from the last two tournaments.
It’s not just the men’s side that will see a boost in prize money, but the U.S. Women’s Open purse will go up to $5 million. The U.S. Senior Open will have a pot of $4 million, as will the U.S. Senior Women’s Open when it begins in 2018.
Whoever wins the U.S. Open this season will walk away with $2.16 million ($1.8 million in 2016 and 2015). Now the only question is, who will take home the additional prize money? Dustin Johnson raised the trophy last year, winning his first major ever, and Jordan Spieth’s U.S. Open victory was his second consecutive major win. Maybe we will see another first-timer take home the trophy along with more money than ever before.
The 2017 U.S. Open will take place June 12th – 18th this summer.