U.S. Open Purse 2014: Winner’s Prize Money Worth A Small Fortune

Not only will the winner of the 2014 U.S. Open add a major championship to his resume, but he’ll also bring in a small fortune in the winning purse. This year’s prize money totals $8,000,000 for the field, and the winner’s payout is projected to be $1,440,000. The previous record was $1,350,000, which the tournament paid out from 2008-2010.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, since 1990 and factoring in inflation, the U.S. Open has experienced a 260% increase in total prize money. For comparison’s sake, Payne Stewart’s dramatic U.S. Open win in 1991 saw a winning payout of $235,000.

Following is a look at the tournament champion’s prize money since Hale Irwin’s win in 1990.

2013: Justin Rose, 1,440,000
2012: Webb Simpson, 1,440,000
2011: Rory McIlroy, 1,440,000
2010: Graeme McDowell, 1,350,000
2009: Lucas Glover, 1,350,000
2008: Tiger Woods, 1,350,000
2007: Ángel Cabrera, 1,260,000
2006: Geoff Ogilvy, 1,225,000
2005: Michael Campbell, 1,170,000
2004: Retief Goosen, 1,125,000
2003: Jim Furyk, 1,080,000
2002: Tiger Woods, 1,000,000
2001: Retief Goosen, 900,000
2000: Tiger Woods, 800,000
1999: Payne Stewart, 625,000
1998: Lee Janzen, 535,000
1997: Ernie Els, 465,000
1996: Steve Jones, 425,000
1995: Corey Pavin, 350,000
1994: Ernie Els, 320,000
1993: Lee Janzen, 290,000
1992: Tom Kite, 275,000
1991: Payne Stewart, 235,000
1990: Hale Irwin, 220,000