The US Open is by far the tournament with the biggest purse in golf. But because of the pandemic it will take a hit of $25,4 million due to lack of spectators. As the USGA’s showpiece event, the US Open in New York is always stunningly challenging and an exciting occasion that can make or break players.
Usually a quite sizable crowd cheers on the nearly 100 golfers. As with so many other things around the world, though, it did not take place as planned thanks to coronavirus. Instead the 144 players had to tee it up “behind closed doors” for the title at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck.
“Virtually everything we do loses money,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis earlier this year, before the pandemic started to take hold of America. The USGA gets a remarkable 75% of its revenue from the US Open, making it the one week a year when the organisation does not run at a loss.
In 2019, financial records show that admissions sales accounted for around $26m of income, a figure that has been reduced close to zero in 2020. And yet curiously, the total purse for the tournament of $12.5m has not changed from 2019, despite the massive financial hit.
This is mainly because of the $210m of total income last year, international broadcast rights accounted for $113m, with the primary domestic deal running until 2026.
DeChambeau won the $2,250,000 winner's share of the $12,500,000 purse.
A whopping $12.5 million purse was distributed now that the 2020 U.S.
Open is complete, nearly half of which ($5.5 million) was divvied out to the top five finishers. The $12.5 million pool ties for the largest total purse for any of the major championships with the Open Championship, topping the PGA Championship and the Masters.
It's the same total purse as last year's U.S. Open, and the prize money for each slot remains the same, too. When Horace Rawlins won the inaugural championship in 1895, he claimed $150. Last place at the U.S Open in 2020 earned $21,229, or 141 times what Rawlins made.
Winner Bryson DeChambeau not only captured his first major championship but the $2.25 million first-place prize that goes with it. Matthew Wolff picked up second place and $1.35 million, while Louis Oosthuizen ($830,466), Harris English ($582,175) and Xander Schauffele ($484,896) rounded out the top five.
Certainly not a bad day at the office! DeChambeau became the first player since Jack Fleck in 1955 to become the US Open champion as the only player to shoot under par in the final round. He shot 3-under 67 on Sunday to win by six shots over Matthew Wolff on 6-under 274.
Louis Oosthuizen finished alone in third on 2-over total, two shots behind Wolff, who shot 75 after carrying a two-stroke lead into the final round of the second men's major of the year.