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R&A Moves To Dollars, Increases The Open's Purse

Read between the lines all you want, but the standout for me is the increase in purse that keeps The Open in line with the Masters and PGA/Players but behind the recently-increased U.S. Open ($12 million).

For Immediate Release...


5 July 2017, St Andrews, Scotland: The Champion Golfer of the Year will win USD1,845,000 at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

The R&A announced that the total prize fund will be USD10,250,000.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are operating in an increasingly global marketplace and have made the decision to award the prize fund in US dollars in recognition of the fact that it is the most widely adopted currency for prize money in golf.”

Prize money

Place    USD         Place    USD
1     1,845,000          36     53,500
2     1,067,000          37     51,000
3     684,000          38     49,000
4     532,000          39     47,000
5     428,000          40     45,500
6     371,000          41     43,500
7     318,000          42     41,500
8     268,000          43     39,500
9     235,000          44     37,500
10     213,000          45     35,500
11     193,000          46     33,500
12     172,000          47     32,000
13     161,000          48     30,800
14     151,000          49     29,500
15     141,000          50     28,900
16     129,500          51     28,200
17     123,000          52     27,600
18     117,000          53     27,200
19     112,000          54     26,800
20     107,000          55     26,400
21     102,000          56     26,000
22     97,000          57     25,600
23     92,000          58     25,500
24     87,000          59     25,400
25     84,000          60     25,200
26     80,000          61     25,000
27     77,000          62     24,900
28     74,000          63     24,800
29     71,000          64     24,700
30     68,000          65     24,500
31     65,500          66     24,400
32     62,000          67     24,200
33     60,000          68     24,000
34     58,000          69     23,800
35     56,000          70     23,600
Prize Money shall be allocated only to professional golfers.

If more than 70 professional golfers qualify for the final two rounds, additional prize money will be added. Prize money will decrease by USD 125 per qualifying place above 70 to a minimum of USD 13,500.

Non-qualifiers after two rounds: Leading 10 professional golfers and ties USD 7,200; next 20 professional golfers and ties USD 5,750; remainder of professional golfers and ties USD 4,850.

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Reader Comments (25)

I guess the metric system will go next.
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Wimbledon still uses the funny looking L currency.
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
If one is going to miss the cut and get paid a stipend it's better to do it at the US Open. All professionals that missed the cut at Erin Hills received $10,000 -

Note: Purse breakdown for professionals returning 72-hole scores. All ties shall be rounded to the nearest dollar with any remainders increasing or decreasing the final paid position. $10,000 each will be awarded to the 76 professionals who missed the cut.
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Do golfers who miss the cut at normal PGATour events get any money?
PABoy - only the US Liberia and Myanmar don't use metric so its' probably safe. The UK use what they prefer at the time. Petrol in gallons and fruit in pounds still I think.
@Colin - IIRC missed cuts on the PGA Tour events (non majors of course) players do not get money from the PGA Tour.
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolfin' Dolphin
It took 241 years, but finally: WE DID IT GUYS!
I must be missing something. Chamblee basically calls Langer and McCarron cheaters for anchoring the long putter. And Geoff has a bunch of articles posted on the prize money for the Open and Rory deciding to take a break from twitter?
07.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaltwater golfer
@ Colin
petrol is in letres and at £1.20 a letre bloody expensive too !
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Sorry litres, spelling police
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
They would pay in gold, but the Brits gave it all away at $260 an ounce.
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Everything coming up America.

@saltwater golfer - my thoughts too. Why hasn't there been an article on Chamblee/Langer? We need more Chamblee - not a kiss @ss who has strong takes.
So Scott-it can only be one of two things.Either your mum ran off with Boris Johnson or you got a knock back from a fat geordie lass-which we know is nigh on impossible-which one was it?
07.6.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Chico, if my mother was fat I would take offense, fortunately she isn't.

That being said, having grown up in the North East of England, fat Geordie lasses are an integral part of a young lad's education.

Thanks for rekindling my memories :)
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Stiggy, you have to give them credit at Whitley Bay in winter for braving the North Sea gusts on a Saturday night dressed for July !
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold

Happy Days, catch the metro from my grandparents house down to the Spanish City, a belly full of beer, chase the Geordie lasses with their short skirts and blotchy legs.
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Happy days indeed mate
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
@ Stiggy- I have very fond memories of my late teens in Morpeth. Only a few were generously proportioned!!
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
The R&A are the worst thing that has happened to Golf - they are well past their sell by date and are in urgent need of reform, not to mention being accountable for their decisions.

The proof is out there is so called golfers cared to look, from awarding a club/course, The Open, then requiring them to modify their course - who the Hell do these guys think they are - the Royal & Ancient, no like their stature their name has also diminished to just The R&A - nothing more or less just r&a.

Dead Governing Body Walking - problem they are just so into money they forget The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
Chica -- I'm not sure what Britain giving away all its gold has to do with Boris Johnson or fat women; maybe you can enlighten us!
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Oh Scott darling I wasn't for 1 moment suggesting our economy is in rude health as it obviously isn't. It's just that the very thought of a British person drawing breath seems to induce apoplexy in you. I'm sure you could keep many a psychiatrist in fat fees for many a lifetime. Your comments re the golf in Ireland being a prime example.
07.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
the players telling the USGA pay more or F U is hilarious ... of course Davis and his band of idiots will find other ways to steal their money
07.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCouples
Chica-- there you go again with your projection. The #3 anti-American here (behind CC and the sadly departed V Lind) really can't lecture on bigotry. You should stick to decorative bunker analysis; so valuable.
07.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
No Scott old fruit not anti American in the least. That's your insecurity surfacing. It's you I can't stand! Why don't you come to the Cape in September and we can see if you can keep it up face to face🤓
07.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico

Anti-American - no, not on here, surely - then I must say - presume you are an American, that you have taken our game of golf and blatantly abused it to the point that few in American can walk 9 Holes let alone 18, as they prefer to ride on carts.

Now, nothing wrong with carts, that is if ill, or suffering from mobility or age issues - as your game is already affected due to your complaint, so riding makes little difference. However, golf is a walking game that requires the golfer to - WALK and also to think, so why select distance aids, is thinking that hard to select a club for the shot? Then still not satisfied you seek the advice and help of Caddies to still try and achieve an edge to your game - meanwhile, you have missed out on understand the game, learning the game to the point that you walk to understand the land (course) and having relied upon others or aids have little idea what club to use.

You have squandered the development of skill be it through mind, body and co-ordination and to add the final insult to injury, you still try to maintain that you have been playing golf.

Then to cap it all many of your golfers prefer not to play in The Open believing it is just another Championship, yet it is THE CHAMPIONSHIP, the one that counts, not just because it’s the oldest but because the winner is entitled to call himself "The Golfing Champion of The World". So many never have realised that and squandered the opportunity to hold that unique title.

Why have Americans taken a great game like golf and rendered it EASY, refused to commit to it and then believe that using aids is not cheating - Golf is a game of Chess on grass, it requires the player to concentrate on what he/she is doing, with full involvement and no outside help whatsoever.

Oops but of course you are playing American Golf and it’s all about winning. Yet for all the victories you are the poorer for not having embraced The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.

Just a thought!!!
07.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris

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