With the 2015 FedEx Cup PGA golf playoffs set begin this week on August 27, 2015, at The Barclays tournament, here is a list of the PGA golf bonus prize money up for grabs in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs. I’ve listed all spots that pay at least a $1 million bonus this year with comments plus listed past examples of famous players who earned the bonuses. I’ve then listed the rest of the bonus prize money for all the top 150 players.
In total, there is $35 million in bonus money that will be paid out to the top 150 players in the FedEx Cup points standings. During the 2015 Wyndham Championship last week the announcers kept pointing out the standings and listing the players near the 125 cut line needed to get into the playoffs. What the announcers failed to mention that I heard is that the players ranked from 126 to 150 each still get a bonus of $32,000 even though they cannot play in the playoffs.
- Winner – $10 million
The winner of the 2015 FedEx Cup will receive a playoff bonus of $10 million. Tiger Woods remains the only player to win the $10 million twice, as he won it in both 2007 and 2009. Last year’s winner was Billy Horschel who won both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship to claim the huge bonus. Horschel was a bit of a controversial winner since he did not win one tournament outside of the FedEx Cup playoffs but still won the top prize of $10 million in 2014.
- Second place – $3 million
A second place finish in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs is worth a not too shabby $3 million. Players who have won the $3 million bonus by coming in second in the playoffs include Tiger Woods (2013), Steve Stricker (2007), Phil Mickelson (2009), Rory McIlroy (2012), Matt Kuchar (2010), and Webb Simpson (2011). Last year’s winner of the $3 million second place bonus was Chris Kirk who qualified to play this year but he broke his hand in July playing with his kids.
- Third place – $2 million
Finishing in third place in the FedEx Cup playoffs is worth $2 million in 2015. That’s more money than any of the golfers who won a major in 2015 earned for each of their wins which all paid $1.8 million each. Players who have won $2 million for coming in third include Rory McIlroy (2014), Tiger Woods (2012), Sergio Garcia (2008) and Phil Mickelson (2008). Luke Donald (2010, 2011) and Steve Stricker (2009, 2013) have each won the $2 million bonus twice.
- Fourth place – $1.5 million
Fourth place is worth $1.5 million in bonus money in 2015. Players claiming fourth place money include Adam Scott (2013) and Dustin Johnson (2011). Jim Furyk is the only player to date to win fourth place money twice (2009, 2014).
- Fifth place – $1 million
Fifth place in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs is worth $1 million. Bubba Watson (2014), Zach Johnson (2013), Phil Mickelson (2012), Justin Rose (2011), Dustin Johnson (2010), and Jim Furyk (2008) have all won the fifth place bonus of $1 million in the past. Jim Furyk has won just under $15 million in the playoffs which is second only to Tiger Woods.
Sixth place is worth $800,000, seventh is worth $700,000, eighth place is worth $600,000, ninth place is worth $550,000, and 10th place is worth $500,000. After 10th place there is a big drop to $300,000 for 11th place, 12th place is worth $290,000, 13th is worth $280,000, and 14th place is worth $270,000. Then there is another big drop to 15th place which is worth $250,000.
The bonus prize money then declines by $5,000 for each spot from $245,000 for 16th place all the way to 30th place which is worth $175,000. The 30th spot is important because only the top 30 players get into the season-ending Tour Championship tournament. So getting into the Tour Championship means that a player is guaranteed to get at least a $175,000 bonus plus whatever prize money he earns from the Tour Championship fund. Last place (30th) in the 2015 Tour Championship will be worth around $135,000, so each player getting into the Tour Championship will earn at least $310,000.
The 31st spot is worth $165,000, 31st is worth $155,000, 32nd is worth $155,000, 33rd is worth $150,000, and 34th is worth $145,000. That’s followed by 35th which is worth $142,000, 36th is worth $140,000, and 37th is worth $138,000. The bonus prize money then declines by $1,000 for each spot from $137,000 for 38th all the way to $125,000 at 50th.
After that, 51st is worth $120,000, 52nd is worth $115,000, 53rd is worth $114,000, and 54th is worth $113,000. After that players are lumped together for the rest of the prize money. Spots 55 to 70 are worth $110,000 each. Spots 71 to 80 are worth $80,000 each, while 81 to 100 are worth $75,000 each, spots 101 to 125 are worth $70,000 each and as mentioned above spots 126 to 150 are worth $32,000 each.