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R&A increases Open Championship total purse, winner’s payout

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club (R&A) has announced modest increases to the overall purse and first-place payout of this year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, on July 18-21.

The winner of the 148th Open will receive $1.935m, up from $1.89m last year, while the total purse rises from $10.5m to $10.75m.

“The Open is a global sporting event and our priority is to ensure that this is reflected in the prize fund,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.

For the first time in modern history, the Open will be the fourth and final golf major of the season after the PGA Championship moved from August to May.

The Open remains the lowest-paying of all the men’s majors. This prize funds and winner’s cheques of this year’s tournaments were: Masters ($11.5m, $2.07m), PGA Championship ($11m, $1.98m) and US Open ($12.5m, $2.25m).