The following is a list of the prize money up for grabs for PGA golfers at the 2014 BMW Championship, which is taking place from September 4-7, 2014, at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).
The BMW Championship is the third playoff tournament in the FedEx Cup Cup playoffs for PGA golfers. Only the top 70 points leaders in the FedEx Cup standings can play in the 2014 BMW Championship.
There is no cut in the BMW Championship, so all 70 qualifiers are guaranteed to earn a paycheck this week no matter how badly they play (the worst player this week will get around $16,000). Golfers want to do really well this week to guarantee them a spot in next week's rich Tour Championship.
Only the top 30 players will qualify for the Tour Championship. So even though the total prize money is the same for both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship ($8 million at each), the money will only be split among 30 players next week vs 70 players this week in the BMW championship.
The BMW Championship has been played annually since 2007. Tiger Woods, who did not qualify for the playoffs this year, is the only player to have won the BMW Championship twice (2007, 2009). The other winners are Camilo Villegas (2008), Dustin Johnson (2010), Justin Rose (2011), Rory McIlroy (2012), and last year's winner Zach Johnson (2013).
The $8 million purse for the 2014 BMW Championship is the same as last year, and the same since 2011.
Golf prize money up for grabs at 2014 BMW Championship
- Winner - $1.44 million
The winner of the 2014 BMW Championship will earn a very cool paycheck of $1.44 million. The same amount Zach Johnson earned last year when he won the tournament.
- Second Place - $864,000
Second place is worth a not too shabby $864,000 in 2014. The same amount won by Nick Watney when he finished second in the BMW Championship last year.
- Third Place - $544,000
Third place at the 2014 BMW Championship is worth $544,000. The same amount of money Jim Furyk earned when he finished third last year (so Jim Furyk doesn't always finish second).
- Fourth Place - $384,000
Fourth place is worth $384,000. Jason Day, Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, and Steve Stricker split $1.26 million, with each player earning $315,000, when they all tied for fourth place last year.
- Fifth Place - $320,000
Fifth place at the 2014 BMW Championship is worth $320,000.