Prize fund for The Open grows to €8.9 million

The Open has historically offered smaller purses than the three other majors

The Open will be held at Carnoustie later this month. Photograph: Getty Images

The Open will be held at Carnoustie later this month. Photograph: Getty Images

 

The prize fund for this year’s Open Championship has increased by €212,000 ($250,000) to a total of €8.9 million ($10.5 million), with the winner set to take home €1.61 million ($1.89) million, organisers Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) said on Monday.

The third major of the year, which will be held at Carnoustie from July 19th-22nd, will boost their prize fund further if more than 70 professional golfers make the cut for the final two rounds.

“The prize fund reflects The Open’s position as one of the world’s great sporting events and we look forward to seeing the best players in the sport competing for the Claret Jug at Carnoustie,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has said.

The Open, the sport’s oldest championship, has historically offered smaller purses than the three other majors with the US Open offering $12 million this year and the US Masters offering $11 million.

The PGA Championship, which offered $10.5 million last year, is yet to announce the prize fund for this season.

The Open awarded prize money in US dollars for the first time in 2017, when American Jordan Spieth won his third major title at Royal Birkdale and picked up $1.85 million.

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