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Players Championship raises purse to $15 million – KXAN.com

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The PGA Tour is raising the prize money at The Players Championship to $15 million, making it the largest purse in golf unless any of the majors decide to up the ante this year.

The winner of March 12-15 event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will receive $2.7 million, nearly as much as Tiger Woods earned in his first two seasons as a pro.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced the increase at the annual players meeting this week at Torrey Pines during the Farmers Insurance Open, according to several players.

The tour typically does not release information on the prize money, wanting the focus to be more on prestige than cash. But it also has a history of wanting its premier event to reflect that in the money available.

“It’s our flagship event,” Xander Schauffele said. “It needs to counterbalance the major championships, and it’s putting a nice incentive out there. I’m not upset by it.”

Rory McIlroy won last year when the purse was $12.5 million, the same prize money as the U.S. Open. The Masters had a purse of $11.5 million, while the PGA Championship offered $11 million and the British Open purse was…



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