Tour ups PGA prizemoney to record-equalling $10m

The US PGA Championship, often regarded as the lesser of the four majors, is about to have a ‘major’ change in its’ status.

The US PGA Tour have indicated they will lift the purse for the PGA to an extraordinary $10 million, making it the equal of The Players Championship and the equal biggest prizemoney in professional golf.

Jason Dufner 2013 US PGA Champion – Jason Dufner (Credit: Anthony Powter)

That is a staggering $2m increase over last season’s PGA Championship, won by American Jason Dufner.

Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem justified the massive increase by explaining it was all part of growing the game of golf.

“We have always believed that working together with the PGA of America enhances efforts to grow the game and benefits the membership of both organisations,” said Finchem.

“This announcement reflects what regular communication between our organisations [PGA Tour and PGA of America] can accomplish, and we look forward to continuing discussions regarding further opportunities.”

The PGA Tour also revealed it would increase its long-standing support of the PGA Professional National Championship and various PGA Section Championships.

Finchem said there would also be a weekly segment on “Inside the PGA TOUR” shown on Golf Channel, which would feature the host PGA professional’s knowledge of the competitive aspects of the tournament course;

“The relationship between the PGA of America and the PGA Tour has never been stronger,” said president of the PGA of America Ted Bishop.

“There have been a series of co-operative efforts and this announcement is a further reflection that the essence of our relationship has been our ability to jointly do what is best for golf and our respective memberships.

“After all, PGA Tour players are also members of the PGA of America.”