The U.S. Women’s Open purse has been raised to $4.5 million, up $500,000 from last year.
The announcement came Wednesday during a pre-championship press conference by the USGA. The winner of the 2015 edition at Lancaster Country Club will take home $810,000, up from the $720,000 Michelle Wie won in 2014.
The increase in the 2015 U.S. Open prize came as a result of the USGA’s partnership with FOX Sports, so it would make sense to assume that the women's purse would receive the same treatment.
When asked whether the new partnership would affect the prize money awarded to the women, USGA communications representative Christina Lance said she could not comment on the specifics of the deal.
“We have the largest purse in women’s golf,” Lance said. “We keep it competitive for the marketplace and think it’s appropriate for women’s golf.”
Lance says the USGA is committed to delivering competitive purses to the talented women who play on the LPGA Tour.
“We’re certainly excited to bring this to the women and the women’s game,” she said.
Championship Chairman Diana Murphy said she was also pleased with the increase in prize money.
"The championship is the pinnacle of women's golf around the world," said Murphy. "We're quite proud to celebrate it with the players in this fashion."