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Growth of Purses


Year
Number of Events
Total
1938
38
$158,000
1939
28
121,000
1940
27
117,000
1941
30
169,200
1942
21
116,650
1943
3
17,000
1944
22
150,500
1945
36
435,380
1946
37
411,533
1947
31
352,500
1948
34
427,000
1949
25
338,200
1950
33
459,950
1951
30
460,200
1952
32
498,016
1953
32
562,704
1954
26
600,819
1955
36
782,010
1956
36
847,070
1957
32
820,360
1958
39
1,005,800
1959
43
1,225,205
1960
41
1,335,242
1961
45
1,461,830
1962
49
1,790,320
1963
43
2,044,900
1964
41
2,301,063
1965
36
2,848,515
1966
36
3,704,445
1967
37
3,979,162
1968
45
5,077,600
1969
47
5,465,875
1970
55
6,751,523
1971
63
7,116,000
1972
71
7,596,749
1973
75
8,657,225
1974
57
8,165,941
1975
51
7,895,450
1976
49
9,157,522
1977
48
9,688,977
1978
48
10,337,332
1979
46
12,801,200
Year
Number of Events
Total
1980
45
13,371,786
1981
45
14,175,393
1982
46
15,089,576
1983
45
17,588,242
1984
46
21,251,382
1985
47
25,290,526
1986
46
25,442,242
1987
46
32,106,093
1988
47
36,959,307
1989
44
41,288,787
1990
44
46,251,831
1991
44
47,116,000
1992
44
49,386,906
1993
43
53,203,611
1994
43
56,416,080
1995
44
62,901,000
1996
45
65,950,000
1997
45
80,550,000
1998
45
96,400,000
1999
47
134,950,000
2000
49
163,580,000
2001
49**
175,900,000
2002
49
198,950,000
2003
48
224,200,000
2004
48
239,590,000
2005
48
249,650,000
2006
48
256,850,000
2007
47
270,300,000
2008
48
278,650,000
2009
45
270,700,000
2010
46
275,100,000
2011
46
279,750,000
2012
45
*278,500,000
2013
40
260,000,000
2013-14
45
298,000,000
2014-15
47
314,000,000
2015-16
47***
327,000,000
2016-17
49
363,000,000

* Prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Note: Purses for the 2012 major championships and THE PLAYERS Championship have been estimated; total may change as purses are announced. PGA TOUR events occasionally will increase previously announced purses. Official events only.

** Includes two events not played week of September 11.
***Includes The Greenbrier Classic ($6,900,000) which was canceled due to floods.