Jason Day is on one of the better runs in the history of the PGA Tour, and his bank account is yet another marker of just how dominant he’s been this summer. Day began Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship with a six-shot lead, the largest margin on the PGA Tour season. A win would be his fourth in his last six starts, would make him just the third player in the last 20 years with five wins in one season (joining Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh), and push him to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
A win will also earn Day his fifth $1 million-plus check of the year, and several of those have come from the biggest purses in the game. His win at the PGA Championship took first prize from the biggest pool in the game, a $1.8 million haul from that $10 million purse. Now he’s about to add his second first-place payout for winning a FedExCup event. Those four legs of the postseason all boast $8.25 million purses — only the majors, WGCs, and The Players are richer. His win at the Barclays paid out $1.485 million more, and barring a collapse this Sunday, he’ll earn the same at the BMW.
Day has banked $7,689,805 million this year. A win this week would put his total at $4,278,600 since the final weekend of July. It’s an astounding streak and one that even had NBC analyst Johnny Miller saying Day’s golf right now is superior, in terms of scoring, to the peak Tiger Woods dominance of 2000. That’s going too far, but Day is definitely banking a whole lot more cash than Tiger earned for his wins 15 years ago (he can thank Mr. Woods for these booming purse increases).
In addition to all the cash from these individual purses, which total $33 million, there’s also $35 million in bonus money handed out throughout the playoffs. Some of it goes to players who didn’t even qualify for the postseason, while the winner walks away with that much publicized $10 million windfall. Here’s the bonus money breakdown:
So those are some of the obscene sums that will be doled out next week when this all ends. Day, or anyone else in the top five in the FedExCup standings, doesn’t need the money, but that would obviously be a nice little cap to a career year. He’ll be No. 1 in the standings next week for the Tour Championship, where the points reset and the top five all hold that “control your own destiny” card and automatically win the whole thing with a victory in Atlanta.
Here’s the purse breakdown for this BMW Championship in Chicago:
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