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It's staggering how many PGA Tour pros have earned $1 million paydays in a single week

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David Cannon

March 15, 2022

It was a big day on Monday for Cameron Smith at the Players Championship. As headlines trumpeted afterward, the 28-year-old Australian earned the biggest payday in golf history, taking home $3.6 million for his one-stroke victory over Anirban Lahiri at TPC Sawgrass, from a purse of $20 million.

In turn, Smith more than doubled the previous largest single payday of his young and burgeoning pro golf career: $1.475 million that he claimed when winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.

Suffice it to say, it pays to be successful on the PGA Tour. Literally. Winners of any full-status tour event earn seven-figure prize money payouts that will only be increasing in 2022. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan outlined to tour members late last year that tournament prize money will rise from $375 million to $427 million in 2022, thanks in part to increases in revenues from the new television deal that kicks in this year.

With help from the PGA Tour’s communications team, Golf Digest compiled a list of the largest paydays for every active player on tour. Smith passes Justin Thomas, the previously top money winner with his $2.7 million windfall for winning last year’s Players Championship. He’s one of 15 tour pros who have earned a payday of more than $2 million (up from 11 at the start of 2022).

Meanwhile, of the 266 golfers with some form of active status on tour (winners, top 125 on the FedEx Cup points, Korn Ferry Tour graduates, past champions, medical extensions, etc.), you might be surprised that 160 of them (60.1 percent) have earned a check for $1 million at some point during their careers.

Below is the list of all 160 active players whose largest paydays have exceeded the $1 million mark. Interestingly, not all of them are checks earned en route to victory. Louis Oosthuizen, for example, has his largest payday for his runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open ($1.35 million) rather than his 2010 Open Championship win ($1,305,593.20). Meanwhile, Lahiri earned $2.18 million for his second place finish on Monday to Smith, the seventh largest check earned in a PGA Tour event. Largest checks for something that wasn't a win are denoted in parenthesis.

Cameron Smith / $3,600,000 / 2022 Players Championship

Justin Thomas / $2,700,000 / 2021 Players Championship

Bryson DeChambeau / $2,250,000 / 2020 U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy / $2,250,000 / 2019 Players Championship

Jon Rahm / $2,250,000 / 2021 U.S. Open

Gary Woodland / $2,250,000 / 2019 U.S. Open

Anirban Lahiri / $2,180,000 / 2022 Players Championship (second)

Brooks Koepka / $2,160,000 / 2018 U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson / $2,160,000 / 2021 PGA Championship

Joaquin Niemann / $2,160,000 / 2022 Genesis Invitational

Scottie Scheffler / $2,160,000 / 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Dustin Johnson / $2,070,000 / 2020 Masters

Hideki Matsuyama / $2,070,000 / 2021 Masters

Collin Morikawa / $2,070,000 / 2021 Open Championship

Tiger Woods / $2,070,000 / 2019 Masters

Sergio Garcia / $1,980,000 / 2017 Masters Tournament

Patrick Reed / $1,980,000 / 2018 Masters Tournament

Webb Simpson / $1,980,000 / 2018 Players Championship

Shane Lowry / $1,935,000 / 2019 Open Championship

Jason Day / $1,890,000 / 2016 Players Championship

Si Woo Kim / $1,890,000 / 2017 Players Championship

Francesco Molinari / $1,890,000 / 2018 Open Championship

Jordan Spieth / $1,845,000 / 2017 Open Championship

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Abraham Ancer / $1,820,000 / 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Billy Horschel / $1,820,000 / 2021 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Rickie Fowler / $1,800,000 / 2015 Players Championship

Jimmy Walker / $1,800,000 / 2016 PGA Championship

Danny Willett / $1,800,000 / 2016 Masters

Zach Johnson / $1,794,690 / 2015 Open Championship

Jason Kokrak / $1,755,000 / 2020 CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Kevin Kisner / $1,745,000 / 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Patrick Cantlay / $1,710,000 / 2021 BMW Championship

K.J. Choi / $1,710,000 / 2011 Players Championship

Tony Finau / $1,710,000 / 2021 Northern Trust

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Matt Kuchar / $1,710,000 / 2012 Players Championship

Henrik Stenson / $1,710,000 / 2009 Players Championship

Xander Schauffele / $1,700,000 / 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions

Bubba Watson / $1,700,000 / 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Tyrrell Hatton / $1,674,000 / 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Max Homa / $1,674,000 / 2021 Genesis Invitational

Adam Scott / $1,674,000 / 2020 Genesis Invitational

Justin Rose / $1,660,000 / 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

Lee Westwood / $1,635,000 / 2021 Players Championship (second)

Keegan Bradley / $1,620,000 / 2018 BMW Championship

Marc Leishman / $1,575,000 / 2017 BMW Championship

Jason Dufner / $1,566,000 / 2017 Memorial

Tom Hoge / $1,566,000 / 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

William McGirt / $1,530,000 / 2016 Memorial

Luke List / $1,512,000 / 2022 Farmers Insurance Open

K.H. Lee / $1,458,000 / 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson

Bill Haas / $1,440,000 / 2011 Tour Championship

Chris Kirk / $1,440,000 / 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship

Hunter Mahan / $1,440,000 / 2014 Barclays

Charl Schwartzel / $1,440,000 / 2011 Masters

Brandt Snedeker / $1,440,000 / 2012 Tour Championship

Nick Watney / $1,440,000 / 2012 Barclays

Sepp Straka / $1,440,000 / 2022 Honda Classic

Sung Kang / $1,422,000 / 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson

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Ernie Els / $1,405,890 / 2012 Open Championship

Daniel Berger / $1,404,000 / 2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Nick Taylor / $1,404,000 / 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Luke Donald / $1,400,000 / 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Russell Knox / $1,400,000 / 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions

Ian Poulter / $1,400,000 / 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Aaron Wise / $1,386,000 / 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

Paul Casey / $1,380,000 / 2022 Players Championship (third)

Hudson Swafford / $1,368,000 / 2022 American Express

Corey Conners / $1,350,000 / 2019 Valero Texas Open

Cam Davis / $1,350,000 / 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Jim Furyk / $1,350,000 / 2010 Tour Championship

Lucas Glover / $1,350,000 / 2009 U.S. Open

Lanto Griffin / $1,350,000 / 2019 Houston Open

Brian Harman / $1,350,000 / 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

Charley Hoffman / $1,350,000 / 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship

Graeme McDowell / $1,350,000 / 2010 U.S. Open

Louis Oosthuizen / $1,350,000 / 2021 U.S. Open (second)

Vijay Singh / $1,350,000 / 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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Steve Stricker / $1,350,000 / 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship

Matthew Wolff / $1,350,000 / 2020 U.S. Open (second)

Harris English / $1,340,000 / 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions

J.B. Holmes / $1,332,000 / 2019 Genesis Open

Ted Potter, Jr. / $1,332,000 / 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

James Hahn / $1,314,000 / 2016 Wells Fargo Championship

Garrick Higgo / $1,314,000 / 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree

Nate Lashley / $1,314,000 / 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Kevin Na / $1,314,000 / 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge

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David Toms / $1,300,000 / 2005 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Tommy Fleetwood / $1,296,000 / 2018 U.S. Open (second)

Talor Gooch / $1,296,000 / 2021 RSM Classic

Viktor Hovland / $1,296,000 / 2021 Mayakoba Golf Classic

Chez Reavie / $1,296,000 / 2019 Travelers Championship

Brendon Todd / $1,296,000 / 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic

Stewart Cink / $1,278,000 / 2021 RBC Heritage

Patton Kizzire / $1,278,000 / 2017 OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Kyle Stanley / $1,278,000 / 2017 Quicken Loans National

Pat Perez / $1,260,001 / 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Sam Burns / $1,260,000 / 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship

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Russell Henley / $1,260,000 / 2017 Shell Houston Open

Sungae Im / $1,260,000 / 2021 Shriners Children's Open

Matt Jones / $1,260,000 / 2021 Honda Classic

Martin Laird / $1,260,000 / 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Ryan Moore / $1,260,000 / 2014 CIMB Classic

Carlos Ortiz / $1,260,000 / 2020 Vivint Houston Open

Brian Stuard / $1,260,000 / 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Vaughn Taylor / $1,260,000 / 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Camilo Villegas / $1,260,000 / 2008 Tour Championship

C.T. Pan / $1,242,000 / 2019 RBC Heritage

Will Zalatoris / $1,242,000 / 2021 Masters (second)

Jim Herman / $1,224,000 / 2016 Shell Houston Open

Keith Mitchell / $1,224,000 / 2019 Honda Classic

Seung-Yul Noh / $1,224,000 / 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Sangmoon Bae / $1,206,000 / 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Satoshi Kodaira / $1,206,000 / 2018 RBC Heritage

Andrew Landry / $1,206,000 / 2020 American Express

Danny Lee / $1,206,000 / 2015 Greenbrier Classic

Troy Merritt / $1,206,000 / 2015 Quicken Loans National

Cameron Champ / $1,188,000 / 2019 Safeway Open

Tyler Duncan / $1,188,000 / 2019 RSM Classic

Sebastian Muñoz / $1,188,000 / 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship

Rod Pampling / $1,188,000 / 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Robert Streb / $1,188,000 / 2020 RSM Classic

Michael Thompson / $1,188,000 / 2020 3M Open

Aaron Baddeley / $1,170,000 / 2011 Northern Trust Open

Wesley Bryan / $1,170,000 / 2017 RBC Heritage

Lucas Herbert / $1,170,000 / 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Davis Love III / $1,170,000 / 2003 Players Championship

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Sean O'Hair / $1,170,000 / 2009 Quail Hollow Championship

Rory Sabbatini / $1,170,000 / 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Charles Howell III / $1,152,000 / 2018 RSM Classic

Kevin Tway / $1,152,000 / 2018 Safeway Open

Jonas Blixt / $1,134,000 / 2013 Greenbrier Classic

Kevin Chappell / $1,134,000 / 2016 Players Championship (second)

Matt Every / $1,134,000 / 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Adam Hadwin / $1,134,000 / 2017 Valspar Championship

Jerry Kelly / $1,134,000 / 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

D.A. Points / $1,134,000 / 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Jonathan Byrd / $1,120,000 / 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

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Austin Cook / $1,116,000 / 2017 RSM Classic

David Lingmerth / $1,116,000 / 2015 Memorial

Ben Martin / $1,116,000 / 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

J.T. Poston / $1,116,000 / 2019 Wyndham Championship

Kevin Stadler / $1,116,000 / 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Brendan Steele / $1,116,000 / 2017 Safeway Open

Kevin Streelman / $1,116,000 / 2014 Travelers Championship

Scott Stallings / $1,098,000 / 2014 Farmers Insurance Open

Dylan Frittelli / $1,080,000 / 2019 John Deere Classic

Fabian Gómez / $1,080,000 / 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Emiliano Grillo / $1,080,000 / 2015 Frys.com Open

Tim Herron / $1,080,000 / 2006 Bank of America Colonial

Mackenzie Hughes / $1,080,000 / 2016 RSM Classic

Jhonattan Vegas / $1,080,000 / 2017 RBC Canadian Open

Mike Weir / $1,080,000 / 2003 Masters

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Cameron Young / $1,068,000 / 2022 Genesis Invitational (T-2)

Branden Grace / $1,062,000 / 2016 RBC Heritage

Adam Long / $1,062,000 / 2019 Desert Classic

Ryan Palmer / $1,051,200 / 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Michael Kim / $1,044,000 / 2018 John Deere Classic

Scott Piercy / $1,036,800 / 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Brian Gay / $1,026,000 / 2009 Verizon Heritage

Johnson Wagner / $1,008,000 / 2008 Shell Houston Open