Thursday, September 22, 2016

PGA Golf Prize Money Up for Grabs for Players at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

The 2016 Ryder Cup golf competition that features the best American players taking on the best European players to win the Ryder Cup is taking place this week from September 30 to October 2, 2016, at the private Hazeltine National Golf Club located in Chaska, Minnesota. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the PGA golfers to win at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

                                            (Photo by Easchiff)

The Ryder Cup competition does not officially offer up prize money for the golfers to win. Instead, the PGA donates $100,000 for each player to a charity of their choice and donates another $100,000 for each player to a college development program of their choice.

So each player gets $200,000 donated in their name for playing in the Ryder Cup. There is no other prize money that players are paid, at least directly. 

The Ryder Cup has become a huge event in not just golf but in all of sports that attracts millions of TV viewers from all over the world but especially the United States and Europe. Playing in front of such a huge audience helps any golfer who participates to get their name recognized which can lead to lucrative ad deals for the player.

Hunter Mahan, who could not play his way out of a paper bag in 2016, still has TV ads this year from Ace Hardware that likely pay him big money. It's also likely that Hunter Mahan was able to get those TV ads because he played in the 2014 Ryder Cup for the United States.

So even though players are not directly paid prize money for playing in the 2016 Ryder Cup it is still very worthwhile for them to play for name recognition which can lead to lucrative ad and sponsorship deals.

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