Where every U.S. player gives their Ryder Cup cash

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth both designated their charity dollars to their namesake foundations this year.

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Though Ryder Cup players don’t receive any official compensation for participating in the biennial event, ever since 1999, when top players Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Mark O’Meara caused a kerfuffle when they questioned why they didn’t have more say in the multi-million dollar proceeds generated by the exhibition, American players now receive a specific sum of money that they’re allowed to allocate to charities of their choice.

This year, a total of $2.85 million was given to the the 43rd Ryder Cup Outreach Program, which benefits charities and youth-development programs around the country. Each U.S. player — as well as captain Steve Stricker — receives $200,000 — half of which is earmarked for youth charities like the PGA Jr. League, Drive, Chip & Putt Championship and the KPMG Future Leaders Program, while the other half is left to donate at the player’s discretion.

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The five U.S. vice captains are each allotted $50,000, which is distributed in the same way. Since 1999, over $28.6 million has been donated, benefitting over 200 different charities.

While the majority of players opt to donate their personal share of the charity money to their namesake foundations, other’s break the $100K into smaller donations for multiple charities. Check out the breakdown below to see where every dollar of Team USA’s charity money was directed:

2021 Ryder Cup player charity fund designees

Steve Stricker – Steve Stricker American Family Foundation $100,000

Daniel Berger – Mia’s Miracles Foundation $50,000
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $50,000

Patrick Cantlay – Patrick Cantlay Foundation $100,000

Bryson DeChambeau – The Bryson DeChambeau Foundation $100,000

Harris English – Harris English Foundation $50,000
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $25,000
St. Simons Island Athletic Association $25,000

Tony Finau – Tony Finau Foundation $100,000

Dustin Johnson – The Dustin Johnson Foundation $100,000

Brooks Koepka – Brooks Koepka Charitable Fund $100,000

Collin Morikawa – Make-A-Wish $25,000
American Humane $25,000
Feeding America $25,000
Animal Network $25,000

Xander Schauffele – Xander Schauffele Foundation $100,000

Scottie Scheffler – Behind Every Door Ministries, Inc. $20,000
College Golf Fellowship $20,000
Advocates for Community Transformation $20,000
West Dallas Community School $20,000
The Human Impact $20,000

Jordan Spieth – Jordan Spieth Family Foundation $100,000

Justin Thomas – Justin Thomas Foundation $100,000

2021 Ryder Cup vice captain charity designees

Fred Couples – TGR Foundation $10,000
Eat, Learn, Play Foundation $10,000
An ALS Foundation (TBA) $5,000

Jim Furyk – Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation $25,000

Zach Johnson – Zach Johnson Foundation $25,000

Davis Love III – Davis Love III Foundation $25,000

Phil Mickelson – Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation $25,000

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