First is through winnings.
All pro tournaments have a “purse” which is an amount of money allocated to players and is paid out according to finish, with most of it going to the top finishers although every player who finishes a tournament will get at least something.
Do pro golfers pay their own expenses?
Yes, they do. And it can be pretty expensive. Some estimates place the annual expenditures on travel (including room and board) at upwards of $200,000 for a golfer who plays in events worldwide. In addition, pro golfers also have to pay their caddies each week.
How much does a pro golf caddy make?
Former PGA Tour caddie Alfred “Rabbit” Dyer says that caddies may earn salaries of $2,000 per week, while “Forbes” magazine reports that PGA Tour caddies typically receive about $1,000 each week. The magazine said in a 2007 article that Steve Williams, then caddying for Tiger Woods, earned $1.27 million in 2006.
How do pro golfers receive their winnings?
Professional golfers are paid a percentage of the purse for each tournament they play in and finish in the money. For example, the U.S. Open pays down to the 60th place finisher. On the PGA Tour, the highest money winner for all of 2011 was Luke Donald with winnings of $6.6 million.
Do golfers get paid if they miss the cut?
At all four majors, players who miss the cut get paid: At the Masters, the players who miss the 36-hole cut are paid. In 2017, every professional who missed the cut was paid $10,000. At the British Open Championship, the players who miss the 36-hole cut are also paid, but they’re paid on a sliding scale.