The 2015 The Barclays golf tournament on the PGA Tour, which is the first playoff tournament in the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs, is taking place this week from August 27-30, 2015, at the Plainfield Country Club in Plainfield, New Jersey. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the PGA golfers at The Barclays in 2015.
As mentioned above, The Barclays is the first of the four tournaments that make up the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2015. The Barclays used to be played exclusively at the Westchester Country Club but since 2008 the tournament has been in a rotation of golf courses located in the New York City area. As of today, 119 players are playing in The Barclays in 2015. Only the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to play this week.
Vijay Singh holds the record for most wins in The Barclays with four (1993, 1995, 2006, 2008). Four players are tied for second with two wins each and all are greats – Jack Nicklaus (1967, 1972), Seve Ballesteros (1983, 1988), Ernie Els (1996, 1997), and Sergio Garcia (2001, 2004). Of note this year, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy are both not playing The Barclays this week even though both are qualified to play.
The total prize money up for grabs for the PGA golfers this week at The Barclays is $8.25 million. That is up 3.1% over the $8 million purse that was up fro grabs last year at The Barclays. The winner’s share of the prize money below is set in stone while the other amounts can vary a bit based upon how many players make the cut and ties.
- Winner – $1.485 million
The winner of the 2015 The Barclays PGA golf tournament will earn a very cool $1.485 million. That is up 3.1% over the $1.440 million that Hunter Mahan earned when he won The Barclays last year. Winning The Barclays is really worth a lot more than $1.485 million because it virtually guarantees that the winner will get enough FedEx Cup points to qualify for the season ending Tour Championship where the minimum payout is $175,000 and could be $10 million.
- Second place – $891,000
Second place at The Barclays in 2015 is worth $891,000. That is up 3.1% over the $864,000 that Brandt Snedeker earned when he finished second in this tournament in 2012. Jason Day, Stuart Appleby, and Cameron Tringale split $1.792 million with each player earning $597,33.33 when they all tied for second place at The Barclays last year.
- Third place – $562,000
Third place at the 2015 The Barclays PGA golf tournament is worth $562,000. That is up 17.9% over the $476,000 that Rory Sabbatini earned when he finished third in this tournament in 2007. Jason Day, who finished tied for second last year, is the second favorite in betting odds to win The Barclays this year. Jordan Spieth is the betting favorite to win The Barclays in 2015.
- Fourth place – $395,000
Fourth place at The Barclays in 2015 is worth $395,000. Playing well in The Barclays can mean a lot of money for PGA golfers because players earn four times the FedEx Cup points in this tournament than they did for regular season tournaments. The PGA Tour pays out $35 million in bonus money for the FedEx Cup playoffs in addition to prize money players earn in the four playoff tournaments of which The Barclays is first.
- Fifth place – $330,000
Fifth place is worth $330,000 at The Barclays in 2015. Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, and Williams McGirt split $876,000 with each player earning $292,000 when they all tied for fifth place last year at The Barclays. Matt Kuchar won The Barclays in 2010, while Ernie Els when the tournament in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997.