For the past two years, prize money given to the winner of The Masters in the United States has been $1.98 million, while the 2018 U.S. Open paid out $2.16 million to winner Brooks Koepka. Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship win last year earned him a first prize of $1.62 million.
The European Tour has said it wants to retain the interests of its eligible top player’s right up until the end of the season through additional bonus point and money incentives. Current world number one Justin Rose opted not to play in the DP World Tour Championship last season, in favour of a PGA tour event, but under this revised structure Pelley hopes that they can keep the best eligible players involved.
“The changes we have announced today in terms of enhanced winner’s cheques, Race to Dubai points and bonus pool dividend are designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season for our fans, as well as encourage greater top player participation in our final three events.” Pelley said
The bonus pool, which is distributed at the end of the season, will now be divided amongst the top five players in the Race to Dubai instead of the top ten. This year’s winner will claim $2 million, up from the $1.25 million awarded to Francesco Molinari for finishing top of last year’s Race to Dubai standings.