The Open 2018 prize money breakdown: How much does the winner get, is it the most ever, what about the top 10?

Prize money has increased to a record high this year - here's everything you need to know

Jack Austin
Sunday 22 July 2018 18:47
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The Open Championship in numbers

We’re into the final round of golf’s oldest major at Carnoustie, as we get closer to who will be crowned the winner of the Open Championship and be lifting the Claret Jug on the 18th.

This year, the winner will take home a record purse, with the prize fund increasing to a total of £7.9m shared between the players competing.

The winner will take home £1.42m on Sunday, as well as the Claret Jug, a significant increase up from the previous two years, where 2016 champion Henrik Stenson pocketed £1.1m after winning at Royal Troon.

Last year marked the first time payments were made to players in US Dollars, following the drop in value of the pound.

How much will the winner get?

The winner of the Open Championship will take home £1.42m, the lion’s share of the £7.9m prize fund made available to players at this year’s competition.

What about the rest of the top 10?

Second place will take home £824,000, with the prize money dropping incrementally to the man in 10th place winning £165,000.

And everyone else?

Even those who don’t make the cut get some money, as long as they are professionals and not amateurs. The top 10 and ties to miss the halfway cut get £5,658 each, with the next 20 claiming £4,527 and everyone else to complete 36 holes getting £3,798 each.

What did the organisers say?

Royal and Ancient, who decide the prize money for the Open every year said of the record fund: “The prize fund reflects The Open’s position as one of the world’s great sporting events and we look forward to seeing the best players in the sport competing for the Claret Jug at Carnoustie.”

Is it the richest major?

Golf’s wealthiest major remains the US Masters, where 2018 champion Patrick Reed walked away with £1.5m of the £8.3m purse.

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