PAYDAY! 2023 Valero Texas Open Prize Money Payout

The more you compare the payouts for the PGA Tour’s “Elevated events” and LIV events to tourneys like the Valero or Honda or The American Express, the more it becomes clearer why you are seeing less and less stars playing in events where only the winner takes home seven figures. In the bigger PGA Tour/LIV events, 4-5 top finishers are taking home >$1M, and everyone who makes the cut or finishes the 54-hole shotgun is taking home bank. 

Conners played admirably. Hell, half-a-dozen guys on Sunday had a real chance to lift the Big-A Trophy, but very few were ever going to take home enough money to change their future lifestyle or vacation plans.

We hope the Tour’s plan for balancing Elevated and non-Elevated events comes together and succeeds. They need to find sponsors to feed the 2nd tier events with bigger purses so that at least a dozen or so stars show up. If not, tourneys like the Valero—and the Valero-level partners on Tour—will cease to exist.


1Corey Conners-15$1,602,000
2Sam Stevens-14$970,100
T3Sam Ryder-13$525,100
T3Matt Kuchar-13$525,100
5Patrick Rodgers-11$364,900
T6Chez Reavie-10$300,375
T6Lee Hodges-10$300,375
T6Byeong Hun An-10$300,375
9Andrew Novak-9$260,325
T10Chris Kirk-8$206,925
T10Ben Martin-8$206,925
T10Hayden Buckley-8$206,925
T10Rickie Fowler-8$206,925
T10Padraig Harrington-8$206,925
T15Robby Shelton-7$135,725
T15MJ Daffue-7$135,725
T15Lanto Griffin-7$135,725
T15Alex Noren-7$135,725
T15Nick Taylor-7$135,725
T15S.H. Kim-7$135,725
T15Hideki Matsuyama-7$135,725
T22Jimmy Walker-6$83,066
T22J.J. Spaun-6$83,066
T22Sepp Straka-6$83,066
T22Charley Hoffman-6$83,066
T22Taylor Montgomery-6$83,066
T22Peter Malnati-6$83,066
T28Nick Hardy-5$55,921
T28Aaron Rai-5$55,921
T28Christiaan Bezuidenhout-5$55,921
T28Nicolai Hojgaard-5$55,921
T28Matt Wallace-5$55,921
T28Harry Hall-5$55,921
T28Nico Echavarria-5$55,921
T28Andrew Putnam-5$55,921
T28Harry Higgs-5$55,921
T37Roberto Diaz-4$43,165
T37Augusto Nunez-4$43,165
T39Eric Cole-3$36,045
T39Michael Thompson-3$36,045
T39Luke List-3$36,045
T39Si Woo Kim-3$36,045
T39Kevin Chappell-3$36,045
T39Dylan Wu-3$36,045
45Lucas Glover-2$29,815
T46Matti Schmid-1$24,246
T46Michael Kim-1$24,246
T46Beau Hossler-1$24,246
T46Luke Donald-1$24,246
T46Kevin Streelman-1$24,246
T46Tano Goya-1$24,246
T46Akshay Bhatia-1$24,246
T53Brendon ToddE$21,152
T53Emiliano GrilloE$21,152
T53Pierceson CoodyE$21,152
T56Ryan Gerard1$20,648
T56Trevor Werbylo1$20,648
T58Brandon Wu2$20,292
T58Tyler Duncan2$20,292
T60Brice Garnett3$19,758
T60Jason Dufner3$19,758
T60Chesson Hadley3$19,758
T60Henrik Norlander3$19,758
T64Patton Kizzire4$18,868
T64Satoshi Kodaira4$18,868
T64Garrick Higo4$18,868
T64Cole Hammer4$18,868
T64Thomas Detry4$18,868
T64Chandler Phillips4$18,868
70Justin Lower7$18,245
71Kyle Stanley8$18,067

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