Open's 'modest' prize rise

Prize money at The Open Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich, has risen to £3.9m - an increase of £100,000. The winner, however, will receive the same £700,000 cheque handed to Ernie Els when he triumphed at Muirfield last summer after a five-hole play-off.

The additional purse has been distributed through the field, second place going up from £400,000 to £420,000.

"We have raised the prize money by a modest amount following several years of substantial increases," David Hill, the championship secretary, said. "And in continuing with our policy of rewarding players throughout the field, we have distributed the increase through to the player finishing in 70th place."

In the 10 years since Greg Norman won the last Open at Sandwich, the first prize has leapt from £100,000 to £700,000 and the total prize money from £1m to £3.9m. This year's Open runs from 17 to 20 July.

The world No 1, Tiger Woods, is hoping he can sustain the steady progress made since his knee operation when he plays his last tournament before the Open, the Western Open, which begins tomorrow at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.

Previously bracketed as a major championship alongside the US Open, The Open and USPGA Championship, the tournament is the second oldest on the US Tour and this week is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Western Open was first held at Glen View Golf Club in Chicago in 1899 and only the US Open, which began in 1895, is more established in the States.

Woods, 27, has reduced his playing schedule following knee surgery in December, but the American is happy with the pace of his recovery. "I'm right on the timetable as far as the number of tournaments," said Woods, who has won three times in nine PGA Tour starts this season. "I'm not going to play as many as I did last year ... We're going to take it nice and slow this year and see how it goes. So far, it's been very successful, I've paced myself well."

Woods, who first played in the Western as an amateur in 1994 and won the tournament in 1997 and 1999, heads a strong field of 156. Ten of the world's top 20 are entered this week, with Els and the world No 4, Davis Love III, among the notable absentees.

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (Royal St George's, Sandwich): Prize money breakdown: 1 £700,000; 2 £420,000; 3 £270,000; 4 £206,000; 5 £165,000; 6 £145,000; 7 £124,000; 8 £103,000; 9 £92,500; 10 £82,000; 11 £72,000; 12 £67,000; 13 £62,000; 14 £57,000; 15 £52,000; 16 £49,000; 17 £47,000; 18 £45,000; 19 £43,000; 20 £41,000.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable