It pays to play well on the PGA TOUR (and LIV) – Payouts from the 2024 Zurich Classic and LIV Australia

By now, golf fans around the world know that the average prize payouts for the PGA TOUR don’t come close to those on LIV. But thanks to LIV’s influence and the inherent fear more PGA TOUR stars might flip to the Saudi-backed exhibition tour, purses are getting bigger, and that was on full display this weekend in New Orleans at the Zurich.

The big winners of the team event, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry respectively, each took home cool belts, $1.3M, and a karaoke party hangover. Chad Ramey and Martin Trainer, who lost to the Irishmen in a playoff, pocketed $525,100 each.

That’s all fine and dandy, but let’s put into perspective just how much cash the guys play for on LIV. This weekend down under the pure bread Australian Rippers team comprised of Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, and March Leishman won the “team” side event at LIV Australia and split $4M. That’s on top of the money each of them individually earned – $385k for Matt and $275k each for Cam, Lucas, and Marc. That kind of cash will buy the boys a shi* ton of vegemite and blooming onions galore to go along with yachts and other unnecessary toys.

We have to give LIV credit for the excitement their event this weekend created in Australia. It looked like a blast for the fans and the players alike. Now, no one in the US watched it live. But if you’re a golfer who hounds golf Twitter/X or TikTok, you were bound to see many candid videos showcasing a Vegas-like Pro-Am atmosphere where great golf was played on a beautiful course. What LIV now needs to do is replicate this depth of fan energy at one of their US-based events. If they can, then LIV may gain some traction here at home. If not, well, LIV will just continue to be the wart of the professional game: painful to deal with and annoying to look at.

The 2024 Zurich Classic Payouts:

PositionPlayersScoreEarnings (each)
1Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry-25$1,286,050
2Chad Ramey and Martin Trainer-25$525,100
3Ryan Brehm and Mark Hubbard-24$343,763
T4Garrick Higgo and Ryan Fox-23$234,181
T4Sam Stevens and Paul Barjon-23$234,181
T4Zac Blair and Patrick Fishburn-23$234,181
T4Nico Echavarria and Max Greyserman-23$234,181
T8Greyson Sigg and Chesson Hadley-22$149,075
T8Thomas Detry and Robert MacIntyre-22$149,075
10Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin-21$122,375
T11Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway-20$69,070
T11Austin Eckroat and Chris Gotterup-20$69,070
T11Brice Garnett and Sepp Straka-20$69,070
T11K.H. Lee and Michael Kim-20$69,070
T11Matt Fitzpatrick and Alex Fitzpatrick-20$69,070
T11Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney-20$69,070
T11Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith-20$69,070
T11Callum Tarren and David Skinns-20$69,070
T19Chandler Phillips and Jacob Bridgeman-19$37,380
T19Peter Malnati and Russell Knox-19$37,380
T19Luke List and Henrik Norlander-19$37,380
T19Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer-19$37,380
T23Collin Morikawa and Kurt Kitayama-18$23,763
T23Mac Meissner and Austin Smotherman-18$23,763
T23Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele-18$23,763
T23Davis Thompson and Andrew Novak-18$23,763
T23Aaron Rai and David Lipsky-18$23,763
T28Nick Hardy and Davis Riley-17$19,135
T28Brandon Wu and James Nicholas-17$19,135
T28Doug Ghim and Chan Kim-17$19,135
T28Kevin Yu and C.T. Pan-17$19,135
T28Dylan Wu and Justin Lower-17$19,135
T28Ben Kohles and Patton Kizzire-17$19,135
T28Harry Hall and Scott Piercy-17$19,135
T28Keith Mitchell and Joel Dahmen-17$19,135
36Matt Wallace and Thorbjorn Olesen-16$17,533
37Ben Taylor and Sean O’Hair-15$17,177
38Nate Lashley and Rafa Campos-14$16,821
39Vincent Norrman and Jorge Campillo-13$16,465
40Chez Reavie and Brandt Snedeker-9$16,109

The 2024 LIV Golf Adelaide Payouts:

1 Brendan Steele-18$4,000,000
2 Louis Oosthuizen-17$2,250,000
T3 Charl Schwartzel-16$920,000
T3 Jon Rahm-16$920,000
T3 Andy Ogletree-16$920,000
T3 Joaquín Niemann-16$920,000
T3 Dean Burmester-16$920,000
8 Mito Pereira-15$525,000
T9 Abraham Ancer-14$385,500
T9 Brooks Koepka-14$385,500
T9 Matt Jones-14$385,500
T9 Jinichiro Kozuma-14$385,500
T9 Danny Lee-14$385,500
T14 Martin Kaymer-13$275,000
T14 Lucas Herbert-13$275,000
T14 Marc Leishman-13$275,000
T14 Tyrrell Hatton-13$275,000
T14 Thomas Pieters-13$275,000
T14 Anirban Lahiri-13$275,000
T14 Cameron Smith-13$275,000
21 Cameron Tringale-12$230,000
T22 Caleb Surratt-11$206,250
T22 Richard Bland-11$206,250
T22 Patrick Reed-11$206,250
T22 Carlos Ortiz-11$206,250
T26 Adrian Meronk-10180,000
T26 Matthew Wolff-10180,000
T26 Talor Gooch-10180,000
T26 Bryson DeChambeau-10180,000
T26 Charles Howell III-10180,000
T31 Pat Perez-9160,000
T31 Paul Casey-9160,000
T31 Dustin Johnson-9160,000
T34 Kevin Na-8146,250
T34 Lee Westwood-8146,250
T34 Bubba Watson-8146,250
T34 Peter Uihlein-8146,250
T38 Sebastián Muñoz-7138,750
T38 Phil Mickelson-7138,750
T40 Sergio Garcia-6130,500
T40 Branden Grace-6130,500
T40 David Puig-6130,500
T40 Kalle Samooja-6130,500
T40 Sam Horsfield-6130,500
45 Eugenio Chacarra-5125,000
T46 Graeme McDowell-4123,750
T46 Scott Vincent-4123,750
48 Harold Varner III-3120,000
49 Jason Kokrak-2$60,000
50 Kieran Vincent-1$60,000
51 Henrik Stenson3$60,000
T52 Hudson Swafford4$50,000
T52 Ian Poulter4$50,000
54 Anthony Kim6$50,000

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