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What are the perks of winning the PGA Championship?

Exemptions, money, points and a lot more… Winning the PGA Championship doesn’t stop with the Wanamaker!

 

The Wanamaker Trophy isn’t the only thing the winner of the PGA Championship receives, so what are the perks of winning the tournament?

Let’s take a look at the perks of winning the PGA Championship, from the trophy, to prize money, to a place in the tournament’s history forever…

Perks of winning the PGA Championship

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The incredible Wanamaker Trophy

Alongside the Green Jacket at the Masters and the Claret Jug at the Open Championship, the Wanamaker Trophy is one of the best-known prizes in golf.

The trophy is adorned with some of the biggest names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and is the biggest of the four major trophies on offer.

The winner of the PGA Championship gets to keep the real thing for a year, before then receiving a 90% size replica to keep forever.

The prize money isn’t bad, either

Brooks Koepka picked up £3.15 million in a record year of prize money in 2023, which saw a total purse of $17.5 million. That was up from $15 million in 2022 and $12 million on 2021. Though we’ve not seen the 2024 figures, we’re likely to witness another record prize fund.

Points, points, points

As well as a large sum of prize money, there is also a healthy chunk of points on offer for a number of standings…

Firstly, the winner of the PGA Championship will receive 100 Official World Golf Rankings points, which will stay on their record for two years (decreasing over time due to percentage).

There is also 750 FedEx Cup points on offer, giving the winner a boost up the FedEx Cup standings on their way to hopefully making the Tour Championship in Atlanta come the end of the season.

You get a lifetime exemption to the PGA Championship

Like the other major championships, the winner of the PGA Championship is here to stay forever…

The winner of the tournament receives a lifetime exemption, meaning they can play in the PGA Championship for the rest of their careers.

The Champions Dinner?

Another similarity to the Masters is that the winners of the PGA Championship come together each year for a Champions Dinner.

The dinner has been running since the mid-1960s, and is held on the Tuesday night prior to the tournament getting underway on the Thursday.

Unlike at Augusta though, the partners and children of the winners are allowed in, making it a family-friendly affair every year.

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You are locked in to the other majors

Winning at the PGA Championship brings exemptions into the Masters Tournament, US Open, and The Open Championship.

Not only can you play the PGA Championship every year, but you’ll get five years of qualification-free starts into the other big three events too.

Winners also get a five-year exemption into the Players Championship, along with five-year cards on both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.

Have your say on these perks of winning the PGA Championship

What do you make of these perks of winning the PGA Championship? How special is the tournament for you? Let us know by leaving a comment on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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