U.S. Women's Open purse increased to $4.5 million

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The U.S. Women’s Open purse will be increased to $4.5 million this week, the USGA announced Wednesday. That’s up from $4 million a year ago.

The winner’s check increases to $810,000. That’s up from the $720,000 Michelle Wie won last year at Pinehurst.

The $4.5 million purse is the largest in women’s golf, $1 million more than the next largest purse on tour. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is $3.5 million.