The total prize money for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay will be decided after the 36-hole cut. In 2014, the total prize money was $9 million. The winner’s share was $1.62 million. After tying for second in 2014, Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton each won $789,330.
"The USGA annually reviews the purse for the U.S. Open, the Women's U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open," Peter Kowalksi, Director of Championship Communications of the USGA, said via email. "The USGA Executive Committee ultimately determines the purse."
The Open prize money was boosted by $1 million before the 2014 U.S Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Likewise, purses have risen in other events. Earlier in 2015, the Masters raised its prize money from $9 million to $10 million, matching the Players Championship and PGA Championship as the highest purses in golf.
The rest of the U.S. Open top 10 payouts in 2014 were:
Five players tied for 4th: $326,310
Three players tied for 9th: $211,715