10 million dollars can change the lives of players

ProMedica is the number one sponsor of the US Women's Open.

SOUTH PINES, NC – Stephanie Meadow placed third on her professional debut at the 2014 US Open Women’s Championships at Pinehurst #2. She earned $285,102 for her efforts, a whopping sum for a recent college graduate.

“I had a hard time in 16 and 17,” Mead said of the years following her father Robert’s death. “That money got me through it.”

The American Open Women’s Wallet has always had a life-changing impact, not just for winners, but for many like Mido, who cash the biggest checks of their careers. Some, like her, will not be members of the tour yet.

This week, it’s more likely than ever to happen with a historic $10 million purse on the table, thanks in large part to the addition of ProMedica, the tournament’s number one sponsor.

Brittany Lang echoes the ideas of many of her peers when she says that playing LPGA was never about the money. When she won this tournament in 2016, she remembers walking into the parking lot with her mother and brother and asking her, “What do you win for this? I don’t even know.”

Brittany Lang holds the trophy after winning the 2016 US Women's Open at Cordival Golf Club.

It was always about a dream.

“Now that you get close to her comment, and I have a daughter, you start thinking about money and you play worse,” Lang said.

Lang earned $810,000 when she won the Open Championship in Cordival.

This week’s tournament winner will receive $1.8 million. The player who finishes the runner-up will earn $1,080,000. And that’s more than last year’s winner, Yuka Sasso, who took home $1 million.