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U.S. Women's Open 2021: Here's the prize money payout for each golfer at Olympic Club

June 05, 2021

Kathryn Riley

Mid-way through the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open, eventual winner Yuka Saso probably couldn’t have imagined she would be the one holding the trophy. She’d made two double bogeys on the front nine at The Olympic Club and was playing in the final threesome with Lexi Thompson, who held a five-stroke lead with eight holes to play.

But golf is golf, and nothing is guaranteed. Thompson stumbled coming home, making three bogeys and a double to post a closing 75 and finish third, adding to her list of major disappointments. Meanwhile, Saso hung tough, posting a two-over 73 that was good enough to get in a playoff with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka at four-under 280 total. Then after making two pars in the two-hole aggregate playoff, the 19-year-old from the Philippines rolled in an eight-footer for birdie to tie Inbee Park as the youngest winner in the history of the championship.

With the victory, Saso became an instant millionaire. The USGA awarded an overall prize money payout of $5.5 million this week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, with the Saso earning a seven-digit payday.

Only one women's tournament offers a larger first-place prize, the CME Group Tour Championship. In 2019, winner Sei Young Kim received $1.5 million from an overall purse of $5 million. The event changed its structure slightly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jin Young Ko earning $1.1 million from an overall purse of $3 million.

Here's a look at the overall purses for the other four women’s major:
AIG Women's British Open: $4,500,000 (winner: $675,000)
KPMG Women's PGA Championship: $4,500,000 in 2021 (winner: $675,000)
Evian Championship: $4,500,000 (winner: $675,000)
ANA Inspiration: $3,100,000 (winner: $465,000)

And here are the prize money payouts for each professional golfer who made the cut this week in San Francisco. Any money an amateur would make is re-distributed to the other professionals in the field.

Win: Yuka Saso, -4, $1,000,000

P-2: Nasa Hataoka, -4, $594,000

3: Lexi Thompson, -3, $380,572

T4: Megan Khang, -2, $245,394

T4: Shanshan Feng, -2, $245,394

6: Angel Yin, E, $197,751

T7: Xiyu Lin, +1, $147,265

T7: Jin Young Ko, +1, $147,265

T7: Ariya Jutanugarn, +1, $147,265

T7: Brooke Henderson, +1, $147,265

T7: Inbee Park, +1, $147,265

T12: Amy Olson, +2, $108,180

T12: Jeongeun Lee6, +2, $108,180

T14: Celine Herbin, +3, $96,319

T14: Megha Ganne, +3, amateur

T16: Alison Lee, +4,$84,066

T16,Sei Young Kim, +4,$84,066

T16,Lucy Li, +4,$84,066

T16,Maja Stark., +4, amateur

T20: Madelene Sagstrom, +5, $72,197

T20: Hyojoo Kim, +5, $72,197

22: So Yeon Ryu, +6, $65,304

T23: Lizette Salas, +7, $57,416

T23: Emily Kristine Pedersen, +7, $57,416

T23: Jenny Shin, +7, $57,416

T26: Patty Tavatanakit, +8, $45,819

T26: Jennifer Kupcho, +8, $45,819

T26: In-Kyung Kim, +8, $45,819

T26: Marina Alex, +8, $45,819

T30: Jessica Korda, +9, $36,988

T30: Mina Harigae, +9, $36,988

T30: Matilda Castren, +9, $36,988

T30: Wichanee Meechai, +9, $36,988

T30: Lauren Stephenson, +9, $36,988

T35: Danielle Kang, +10, $29,074

T35: Jasmine Suwannapura, +10, $29,074

T35: Maria Parra, +10, $29,074

T35: Lydia Ko, +10, $29,074

T35: Rachel Heck, +10, Amateur

T35: Celine Boutier, +10, $29,074

T41: In Gee Chun, +11, $23,089

T41: Ally Ewing, +11, $23,089

T41: Ayako Uehara, +11, $23,089

T41: Stacy Lewis, +11, $23,089

T41: Gaby Lopez, +11, $23,089

T46: Mel Reid, +12, $18,494

T46: Brittany Altomare, +12, $18,494

T46: Yu Liu, +12, $18,494

T49: Leonie Harm, +13, $14,554

T49: Jenny Coleman, +13, $14,554

T49: Pernilla Lindberg, +13, $14,554

T49: Anna Nordqvist, +13, $14,554

T49: Carlota Ciganda, +13, $14,554

T54: Amy Yang, +14, $12,540

T54: Na Yeon Choi, +14, $12,540

T54: Minjee Lee, +14, $12,540

T57: Sarah Burnham, +15, $12,004

T57: Muni He, +15, $12,004

T57: Luna Sobron Galmes, +15, $12,004

T57: Austin Ernst, +15, $12,004

61: Giulia Molinaro,+16, $11,716

T62: Pajaree Anannarukarn, +17, $11,545

T62: Hannah Green, +17, $11,545

T64: Yealimi Noh, +18, $11,307

T64: Lee-Anne Pace,+18, $11,307

66: Gurleen Kaur, +21, Amateur

All 63 professionals who missed the cut receive $4,000 in unofficial prize money.