What does the US Open golf champion win?

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On June 20 the US Open champion will be crowned at Torrey Pines, but besides the honour of winning a Major Championship, what does the victor receive?

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The winner of the men's US Open would gladly accept the title as his prize, knowing his name will be listed alongside some of the game's greatest ever players. But the winner of the year's third men's Major receives a lot more than that.

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First, there's the famous trophy, where his name will be forever be engraved besides the likes of Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Then there's the US Open gold medal, which they get to keep forever more.

The US Open golf trophy.

But alongside the priceless prizes comes some quantifiable rewards. The US Open has the largest purse of the four men's Majors and the joint largest on the PGA Tour (alongside The Players) with $12.5m up for grabs. $2.25m of that goes to the victor.

Then there's the 100 Official World Golf Ranking points and the 600 FedEx Cup points. What do points make? Well, in this case, the chance to get a headstart at the big-money Tour Championship and FedEx Cup finale at East Lake later this year and a lot of clout when it comes to renegotiating contracts with sponsors.

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Then there's the exemptions. With a win at Torrey Pines, the champion gets a 10-year US Open exemption and five-year exemptions into The Open, Masters and PGA Championship. The winner is also guaranteed a spot at the following year’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, a no-cut event in Hawaii that guarantees them a big pay cheque (Harris English pocketed $1.34m for his win in January).

The US Open winner gets entry into the Tournament of Champions, a no-cut big-money event, which Harris English won in January.

They are also automatically invited to play in The Players Championship for the next five years and may also receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, which is automatic for regular members. Non-PGA Tour members who win the US Open have the choice of joining the PGA Tour either within 60 days of winning or prior to the beginning of any one of the next five tour seasons.

Finally, the 2021 US Open winner will receive automatic invitations to three of the five senior majors once they turn 50; they receive a five-year invitation to the US Senior Open and a lifetime invitation to the Senior PGA Championship and Senior British Open.

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But, as well know, it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts... especially when there's this much cash up for grabs if you make the cut.

US Open 2021 prize fund breakdown

1. $2,250,000
2. $1,350,000
3. $859,812
4. $602,752
5. $502,035
6. $445,147
7. $401,318
8. $359,427
9. $325,295
10. $298,790
11. $272,673
12. $252,116
13. $234,921
14. $216,820
15. $201,305
16. $188,376
17. $178,033
18. $167,689
19. $157,346
20. $147,003
21. $138,082
22. $129,161
23. $120,498
24. $112,482
25. $105,501
26. $99,553
27. $95,028
28. $91,020
29. $87,141
30. $83,263
31. $79,384

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32. $75,505
33. $71,627
34. $68,136
35. $65,291
36. $62,447
37. $59,732
38. $57,146
39. $54,560
40. $51,974
41. $49,389
42. $46,803
43. $44,217
44. $41,631
45. $39,045
46. $36,718
47. $34,391
48. $32,193
49. $30,900
50. $29,607
51. $28,831
52. $28,185
53. $27,668
54. $27,409
55. $27,151
56. $26,892
57. $26,633
58. $26,375
59. $26,116
60. $25,858
61. $25,599

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