The 122nd U.S. Open championship takes place this week at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The PGA’s third major championship of the calendar year is upon us as the US Open takes center stage in world golf.
Spaniard Jon Rahm will return to defend the title he first won in 2021 while 2011 winner Rory McIlroy will once again represent the UK’s best hope of victory.
Not only will the historic trophy be up for grabs, but the winner could also take home one of the biggest financial prizes on the PGA golf calendar.
Here’s what we know so far about the 2022 US Open Championship prize money:
2022 US Open Championship Scholarship
Although the official purse for the 2022 US Open prize has yet to be officially confirmed by the PGA, it will likely represent the biggest purse of the four majors again.
In 2021, the purse was an incredible $12,500,000 (USD), which was higher than the $500 PGA Championship and significantly higher than the $1,000,000 Masters and Open.
The only event on the 2020/21 schedule with a bigger purse was the Players Championship, which is reputed to have the biggest prize at $15,000,000.
This year, the prize purse for the Masters and PGA Championship increased to $15,000,000 while the Players Championship was $20,000,000.
Based on the increase in these three events and relative to 2021, it seems likely that the absolute minimum purse for the 2022 US Open Championship would be $15,000,000.
How much does the winner of the US Open earn?
Again, the official purse of the 2022 US Open Championship prize has yet to be officially confirmed by the PGA, meaning the winner’s share is also currently unknown.
Jon Rahm received $2,250,000 for his 2021 victory, which was the biggest cash prize of any of the four major championships.
Collin Morikawa took home $2,070,000 for his Open win while Phil Mickelson received $2,160,000 for his PGA Championship win and Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win earned him $2,070,000.
The only event with a bigger prize for the winner of the 2020/21 tour was the Players Championship with Justin Thomas winning $2,700,000.
The winner’s share of the Masters, which was won by Scottie Scheffler this year, rose to $2,700,000 while Justin Thomas also earned the same figure for winning the PGA Championship last month.
Meanwhile, Australian Cameron Smith has won $3,600,000 for winning the 2022 edition of The Players Championship.
Again, based on last year’s numbers, it seems likely that the winner of the 2022 edition of the US Open Championship will take home a minimum cash prize of $2,700,000.
How many FedEx Cup points does the winner of the US Open get?
The winner of the US Open earns 100 FedEx Cup points.
This is the highest number of points for a single event on the PGA Tour and is equal to The Open, Masters and PGA Championship.
Although the Players Championship awards the highest cash prize of any event, the winner only receives 80 FedEx Cup points for their victory.