Breaking down the TOUR Championship payout and purse to see how much prize money the players win at East Lake in the FedExCup Playoffs finale.
The TOUR Championship has long been the finale of the PGA Tour season but, over the past few years, it’s held an even bigger status as it’s been tied into the FedExCup and, more importantly, the massive amount of prize money that’s involved and goes into the effective purse at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Every event prior to the finale factors into the FedExCup standings but those come into play at the start of the last tournament of the year. For instance, Scottie Scheffler entered as the leader in the standings, so he began his tournament at 10-under and in the lead. Thereafter, second place was at 8-under (Patrick Cantlay) and so on until the No. 26-30 players in the standings started at even.
But with a getable golf course at East Lake due to rainy conditions throughout the week, golfers started getting close in Scheffler’s rearview mirror quite rapidly. But after Round 3 was suspended on Saturday, Scheffler came out and built his lead to six strokes to finish the round on Sunday. The question was if Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele or Sungjae Im could make up the ground.
It was set up for a great finish, but just how much money are these guys playing for? Here’s how the purse, prize money and TOUR Championship payout break down under the new format.
TOUR Championship payout by player, finishing position
1. Rory McIlroy – $18 million
T2. Scottie Scheffler – $5.75 million
T2. Sungjae Im – $5.75 million
4. Xander Schauffele – $4 million
T5. Max Homa – $2.75 million
T5. Justin Thomas – $2.75 million
T7. Sepp Straka – $1.75 million
T7. Patrick Cantlay – $1.75 million
9. Tony Finau – $1.25 million
10. Tom Hoge – $1 million
T11. Hideki Matsuyama – $925,000
T11. Joaquin Niemann – $925,000
T13. Aaron Wise – $825,000
T13. Jordan Spieth – $825,000
T15. J.T. Poston – $715,000
T15. Viktor Hovland – $715,000
T15. Jon Rahm – $715,000
T15. Matt Fitzpatrick – $715,000
19. Cameron Young – $660,000
20. Cameron Smith – $640,000
T21. Billy Horschel – $600,000
T21. Brian Harman – $600,000
T21. Collin Morikawa – $600,000
24. Sam Burns – $565,000
25. Adam Scott – $550,000
26. Corey Conners – $540,000
27. K.H. Lee – $530,000
28. Sahith Theegala – $520,000
29. Scott Stallings – $510,000
30. Will Zalatoris (WD) – $500,000
Will Zalatoris was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury suffered at the BMW Championship, meaning he officially slotted in at 30th at East Lake to win $500,000 for his work in the FedExCup this season, but disappointing as he’d have started the week in third and in range for the $18 million.
Even still, the payouts for the TOUR Championship as they’ve been correlated with the FedExCup make it truly wild amounts of money on the line and the pressure of every single shot in Atlanta over four days has to be out of this world. But these are the players who have proven all season to be the best in the world, so it’s no shock that they’d be built for these types of moments.