The 2021 PGA Championship purse and payout breakdown: How much did Phil Mickelson win?
Phil Mickelson, just a few weeks shy of his 51st birthday, made history on Sunday by being the oldest player in golf history to win a major and the first to do so since turning 50.
Mickelson claimed the sixth major of his career and the first major since winning The Open Championship eight years ago at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, by two strokes over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.
Mickelson’s second PGA Championship, which he won for the first time in 2015 when he won the Wanamaker Trophy, came with a record-breaking payout of $2.16 million. The prize money is the highest ever paid to the winner of the PGA Championship, which this year had a total purse of $12 million, a tournament record.
Last year, the tournament’s prize pool totaled $11 million, with Collin Morikawa taking home $1.98 million after winning at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.
The PGA Championship has now surpassed The Masters as the second-most lucrative major, behind only the US Open. Hideki Matsuyama won $2.07 million last month after winning The Masters, a tournament with a total prize pool of $11.5 million.
The purse for the US Open was $12.5 million in September of last year, with Bryson DeChambeau taking home $2.25 million after winning at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.
After finishing tied for second behind Mickelson on Sunday, Koepka and Oosthuizen each received $1.05 million, while Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Harry Higgs, and Paul Casey each received $462,250.
Meanwhile, a group of nine players tied for eighth place, including world No. 3 Jon Rahm and Morikawa, won $263,000 each.
According to the PGA Tour’s official statistics, Mickelson’s career earnings on the PGA Tour totaled $94.6 million after winning $2.16 million at Kiawah Island. Tiger Woods is the only player in PGA Tour history to have won more than Mickelson, with $120.8 million in total prize money.
Mickelson, like Woods, has now won majors in three separate decades, a feat accomplished by just eight other players.
He told CBS shortly after his final round, “One of the moments I’ll cherish my entire life.”
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