Tiger Woods used to win the U.S. Open a record 14 times
The US Open has extended its history of records at Oakmont by offering a record purse and winner’s payout of $9m (£6.6m).
The 156-player field is also competing for the biggest prize – 100 times the $7m (£5.6m) offered for the 2013 championship at Merion.
There are five other record purses, including for over $1m (£770,000) for the men for the first time.
The women’s purse of $2.9m (£2.3m) is slightly smaller than Merion and the 2015 US Open.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson won last year’s US Open for the first time in his career at Merion, where Jack Nicklaus became the oldest champion in U.S. Open history when he won aged 47 in 1986.
This year’s men’s winner has $1.45m (£1.1m) to claim while the runner-up earns $1.1m (£810,000) and the winner of the women’s Open $1.18m (£910,000).
But the winners’ prize will be lower than in 2014 and 2015 – US Open winners Patrick Reed (2016) and Dustin Johnson (2017) were handed $1.8m each while Jordan Spieth took home $1.42m.
The USGA said all details are subject to change before the event begins at Oakmont Country Club on 8 August.
The notable changes in prize money, according to the USGA:
Forbes magazine has given Merion an overall quality rating of 9.2 out of 10 in its ranking of world’s best courses. The ranking considers factors such as condition, course hazards, historical links of character and accessibility to people of any economic background.
Americans Rondell Price and Joey McDowell have been invited to play at the Masters, which will begin on 10 April, for the first time since 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Zach Johnson is the first returning winner to compete at the Masters since 2011.
Gary Player will return for his 12th trip to Augusta National, the start of his fifth Masters Championship.