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

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Less well known was that in winning at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, Smith earned the largest single payday of his young and burgeoning pro golf career: $1.475 million. That tops Smith’s previous high of $1.188 million that he made for his victory at the 2020 Sony Open.

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.

An interesting fact about Smith’s $1.475 million payday, however, is where it puts him among active PGA Tour pros in terms of the largest individual payouts earned. As large as $1.475 million sounds, it only ranks Smith 44th among all current tour members in terms of the biggest one-time paydays.

Yes, 43 other PGA Tour pros have won a check for more than that amount.

With help from the PGA Tour’s communications team, Golf Digest compiled a list of the largest paydays for every active player on tour. Justin Thomas sits in the top spot with his $2.7 million windfall for winning last year’s Players Championship. He’s one of 11 tour pros who have earned a payday of more than $2 million.

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 155 of them (58.2 percent) have earned a check for $1 million at some point during their careers. And of the total membership, the average largest check comes in at $1,000,756.40. (This includes one player, Callum Tarren, who has a tour card but has yet to win any prize money on tour; take him out of the equation, and the average goes to $1,004,532.84.)

Below is the list of all 155 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). Largest checks for something that wasn’t a win are denoted in parenthesis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cameron Smith / $1,475,000 / 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions

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

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

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

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

Joaquin Niemann / $1,350,000 / 2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Casey / $1,206,000 / 2019 Valspar 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

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

Scottie Scheffler / $1,150,000 / 2021 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (second)

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

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

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

Hudson Swafford / $1,044,000 / 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

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

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