When Pebble hosted its first U.S. Open in 1972, Jack Nicklaus earned $30,000 for his third U.S. Open title. The winner’s check doubled to $60,000 when Tom Watson captured his only U.S. Open title in 1982 at Pebble Beach.
The winner’s payout more than quadrupled to $275,000 when Tom Kite won his only major championship, the 1992 U.S. Open. When Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, his first of three Open titles, he earned $800,000 for beating the field by a record-number 15 strokes.
It wasn’t until the fifth U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 when the winner cashed a seven-figure check. The winner, Graeme McDowell, earned $1.35 million for his only major championship victory.
This year marks the first time the U.S. Open winner at Pebble Beach will clear more than $2 million.