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US Women’s Open champion to win $1m for first time

The winner of this week’s US Women’s Open will receive $1m (€896,00), which represents the largest prize in women’s major golf championship history.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has increased the total purse for the event at the Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina, by $500,000 to $5.5m.

Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn took home $900,000 after winning last year’s at US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek, Alabama.

“I think a million is going to get everybody’s attention,” said two-time major winner Stacy Lewis. “Just taking it to the million mark is amazing really, for them to step up and do that, it’s a great thing.”

By contrast, the purses for the other women’s golf majors are: ANA Inspiration ($3m); AIG Women’s British Open ($3.25m); KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ($3.85m); and Evian Championship ($4.1m).

The USGA has also increased the purse for next month’s men’s US Open – which is being held at at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California – by $500,000 to $12.5m.

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