US Women's Open purse soars to $10M

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Long considered the biggest event in women's golf, the U.S. Women's Open now has prize money and future sites to match.

The U.S. Golf Association announced Friday the purse will nearly double this year to $10 million, by far the richest in women's golf and challenging top prizes in women's sports.

The purse was $5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at Olympic Club last year.

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Rank Player Earnings
1 Jin Young Ko $3,502,161
2 Nelly Korda $2,464,645
3 Nasa Hataoka $2,171,081
4 Minjee Lee $1,624,779
5 Lydia Ko $1,575,460
6 Yuka Saso $1,527,384
7 Patty Tavatanakit $1,407,631
8 Lexi Thompson $1,310,410
9 Anna Nordqvist $1,293,987
10 Ariya Jutanugarn $1,278,640
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