The 2015 Australian Open in golf on the PGA Tour of Australasia is taking place this week from November 26-29, 2015 at the Australian Golf Club located in Rosebery a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs at the 2015 Australian Open.
The big news for the 2015 Australian Open is that Jordan Spieth is playing in the tournament defending the title he won in 2014 here. The prize money for this tournament is very low compared to any PGA Tour event but Jordan Spieth won the 2014 Australian Open long before he became a golf superstar in 2015 by winning The Masters, U.S. Open and the PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup.
After he won the Australian Open in 2014, Jordan Spieth said he would be back in 2015 to defend his title and he is a man of his word. Jordan Spieth has also said that Australia is his favorite place to travel to and play in a golf tournament and he called playing back here in 2015 a no-brainer decision.
The Australian Open might not have a big purse but some of golf’s greatest players have traditionally played here and won this tournament. Gary Player won the Australian Open a record seven times followed by Jack Nicklaus with six wins and Greg Norman with five wins. In recent times, Adam Scott won here in 2009 and Rory McIlroy won here in 2013.
The total prize money for the 2015 Australian Open is just AUD $1.25 million in Australian dollars which converts to just $900,000 in United States dollars. All prize money below has been converted from Australian dollars to American dollars at the current exchange rate of .72. In Australian dollars, all the prize money is the same as last year but the Australian dollar has lost 18% of its value vs the American dollar over the last year so the prize money is even less than last year after conversion.
- Winner – $162,729
The winner of the 2015 Australian Open will earn a paycheck of $162,729 in United States dollars. In Australian dollars that is the same amount of prize money (AUD $225,000) that Jordan Spieth earned here when he won the tournament last year but in American dollars it’s down 18% from the $192,000 Jordan Spieth earned here last year. It is a very small amount of prize money for a men’s golf tournament and is even on the lower end of prize money for a LPGA tournament these days.
- Second place – $91,871
Second place is worth $91,871 at the 2015 Australian Open. Last year Rod Pampling earned AUD $127,500 in Australian dollars which is the same amount as this year for second place. Rod Pampling has two PGA Tour wins in his career.
- Third place – $60,797
Third place as the 2015 Australian Open is worth $60,797. That is AUD $84,375 in Australian dollars. The same amount of prize money earned by Brett Rumford when he finished in third place here last year.
- Fourth place – $43,233
Fourth place is worth $43,233 at the 2015 Australian Open. That is AUD $60,000 in Australian dollars. The same amount of prize money earned by Greg Chalmers when he finished in fourth place here last year. Chalmers won the Australian Open in 1998.
- Fifth place – $36,028
Fifth place is worth $36,028 at the 2015 Australian Open. That is AUD $50,000 in Australian dollars. The same amount of prize money earned by Adam Scott when he finished in fifth place here last year. As mentioned above, Adam Scott won the Australian Open in 2009.