Open prize fund gets a boost

The Open, which traditionally has the smallest purse of the majors, has enjoyed a cash injection. 

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018

Open prize fund gets a boost

The Open’s prize fund has risen by $250,000 to a total of $10.5m (£7.9m), with the winner taking home $1.89m.

Historically, golf’s oldest major has had the smallest purse of the four majors, with the US Open enjoying $12m, the Masters $11m and the US Open $10.5.

“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 said.

Last year golfers were paid in dollars for the first time at the Open, reflecting the pounds drop in value.