PGA Championship 2021 Purse, Payout Breakdown: How Much Did Phil Mickelson Win?

A few weeks short of his 51st birthday, Phil Mickelson strode into history on Sunday when he became the oldest player in golf's history to win a major and the first to do so after turning 50.

Mickelson finished 2-under par and two strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, to win the sixth major of his career and the first major since he won The Open Championship eight years ago.

Mickelson's second PGA Championship—he first won the Wanamaker Trophy in 2015—came along with a historic payout, as the American pocketed $2.16 million in prize money. The figure is the highest ever paid out to the winner in the history of the PGA Championship, whose total purse this year stood at a tournament record-high $12 million.

By comparison, the tournament's purse was worth a combined $11 million last year and Collin Morikawa earned $1.98 million after triumphing at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.

The PGA Championship has now overtaken The Masters as the second-most lucrative of the four majors, behind only the U.S. Open. Last month, Hideki Matsuyama received $2.07 million after winning The Masters, which distributed $11.5 million worth of purse among the competitors.

In September last year, the U.S. Open's purse stood at $12.5 million, with Bryson DeChambeau pocketing $2.25 million after winning at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

On Sunday, Koepka and Oosthuizen received $1.05 million each for finishing tied for second behind Mickelson, while Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Harry Higgs and Paul Casey pocketed $462,250 each after finishing tied for fourth.

Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Stacy Revere/Getty Images

A group of nine players including world No. 3 Jon Rahm and Morikawa, meanwhile, received $263,000 each after finishing tied for eighth.

The $2.16 million he won at Kiawah Island took Mickelson's career earnings on the PGA Tour to $94.6 million, as per PGA Tour's official figures. With $120.8 million in total prize money, Tiger Woods is the only player in the history of the PGA Tour to have earned more than Mickelson.

Like Woods, Mickelson has now majors in three different decades, a feat achieved only by other eight players.

"One of the moments I'll cherish my entire life," he told CBS shortly after his final round.

"I don't know how to describe the feeling of excitement and fulfillment and accomplishment to do something of this magnitude when very few people thought that I could.

"This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn't."

The circumstances surrounding his triumph made it all the more special. Up until Sunday, Mickelson's last win on the PGA Tour had come back in February 2019 and he had not finished in the top-20 of a PGA event in almost nine months.

The No. 115 in the world, the prospect of Mickelson winning on the Ocean Course was considered so remote that he was a 200-1 outsider at several bookmakers before the start of the tournament.

Some, including DraftKings, offered odds as long as 300-1, a move which backfired as a New Jersey bettor scooped $300,000 after staking $1,000 on Mickelson to win.