A huge payday awaits at the 150th playing of the Open Championship next week

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The Champion Golfer of the Year is going to get richer.

Much, much richer.

The R&A announced Friday the winner of next week’s 150th playing of the Open Championship, to be conducted on the Old Course in St. Andrews, will take home the largest first-place check in tournament history along with the Claret Jug.

The payday? $2.5 million.

The total purse will be $14 million, a 22 percent increase on 2021 and a 60 percent increase on 2016.

“There have been significant changes in prize money over the last year. We have made this substantial investment while balancing our wider commitments to developing golf at all levels around the world and to continuing to elevate the AIG Women’s Open,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A.

The bump in the purse – whether influenced by LIV Golf, the Saudi Arabia-backed league doling out huge purses – continues a trend in some of the game’s biggest tournaments.

Matthew Fitzpatrick won a record $3.15 million for winning the U.S. Open at The Country Club. The purse was $17.5 million, up $5 million from the year before.

Justin Thomas earned a record $2.7 million with his playoff victory against Will Zalatoris in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. The total purse was $15 million, up $3 million from 2021.

The Masters bumped its purse by $3.5 million to $15 million. And Cameron Smith won a record $3.6 million of the record $20 million purse in The Players Championship at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

 

Prize money

Place

USD

Place

USD

1

$2,500,000

36

$73,500

2

$1,455,000

37

$70,000

3

$933,000

38

$66,500

4

$725,000

39

$64,000

5

$583,000

40

$62,000

6

$505,000

41

$59,500

7

$434,000

42

$56,500

8

$366,000

43

$54,000

9

$321,000

44

$51,000

10

$290,000

45

$48,000

11

$264,000

46

$45,500

12

$234,000

47

$43,700

13

$220,000

48

$42,000

14

$206,000

49

$40,000

15

$191,500

50

$39,100

16

$176,000

51

$38,200

17

$167,500

52

$37,600

18

$159,750

53

$37,000

19

$153,000

54

$36,500

20

$145,750

55

$35,900

21

$139,000

56

$35,400

22

$132,000

57

$35,000

23

$125,000

58

$34,750

24

$118,000

59

$34,500

25

$114,000

60

$34,250

26

$109,000

61

$34,000

27

$105,000

62

$33,900

28

$101,500

63

$33,750

29

$97,000

64

$33,600

30

$92,000

65

$33,400

31

$89,000

66

$33,100

32

$84,500

67

$32,900

33

$81,500

68

$32,600

34

$79,250

69

$32,400

35

$76,500

70

$32,200