PGA Tour Players Are Light Years Ahead Of Other Sports When It Comes To Playoff Pay

By on September 3, 2015 in ArticlesEntertainment

Jason Day had a great day Sunday. Day shot a 62, winning the first round of the FedEx Cup, golf's version of the playoffs. Many casual sports fans may not realize that golf even has a playoff series, but they should take notice. When it comes to playoff pay, golf is light years ahead of other sports.

The golfer who wins the FedEx Cup gets $10 million. In all, the PGA Tour gives out more than $25 million to the top 30 golfers playing in the season's final event. Dead last in the FedEx Cup gets $175,000.

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Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Let's compare that to other major sports. The Stanley Cup champions each get around $150,000 for winning the Cup. So finishing dead last in golf gets you more money that hoisting the Cup; plus, your body doesn't get battered in the process.

The entire NBA prize pool for the league champion is $14 million. That averages to about $330,000 which is similar to what MLB pays out to World Series winners. Super Bowl champions gets a check near $100,000.

So to put this in perspective, the FedEx Cup winner will get 100 times more than Tom Brady and 30 times more than Steph Curry or Madison Bumgarner.

Here's the crazy thing: the numbers just mentioned only include the FedEx Cup bonuses. We haven't even talked about the tournament prize pool. Day won $1.5 million Sunday. The entire prize pool was $8.25 million. In total, the PGA Tour playoffs will hand out more than $50 million over the next month. That's more than the other major sports pay out combined.

Say whatever you want about golf and its playoff format. When players play for a title, ring or trophy, they should be paid accordingly. Golf got it right; let's hope other sports find ways to follow suit.

Articles Written by Dan Farkas
Dan Farkas is a freelance writer and former sports anchor who spends his time working on various projects in the print, digital, audio and visual space. He also tries to corral two kids under the age of four and really wants to run a marathon someday. Follow him on Google+.
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