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Open Championship 2022: R&A announces record prize money payout St. Andrews

July 08, 2022
The 150th Open Championship Media Day

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Given the actions taken by the powers that be earlier this year at the Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open, there was little surprise in Friday’s announcement that the R&A is increasing the prize money payout for next week’s 150th Open Championship. The only question was by how much.

The answer? By 22 percent from 2021, bringing it to $14 million overall compared to 11.5 million. The winner will get a record $2.5 million for his victory, in addition to possession of the claret jug.

The bump in pay is real, but actually somewhat modest in comparison to the other three men’s majors. Augusta National and the PGA of America lifted the overall purse at its two events to $15 million while the USGA went higher to $17.5 million.

That said, a move to $14 million, according to R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, means the purse has grown by 60 percent since 2016. Said Slumbers in a press release: “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.”

The movement in prize money at majors corresponds with the overall increase in purses available at men’s professional events in general, driven in part by the rise of the upstart LIV Golf Invitational series. The Saudi-backed group has hosted two events so far, each with $20 million prizes given out to 48 competitors. Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace, winners of the no-cut 54-hole tournaments, each earned $4 million paydays.

The PGA Tour has also seen overall prize money payouts jump during the 2021-22 season to $427 million, up from $367 million. And last month, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said that the tour would be increasing the purses at eight events by a combined $45 million, with over purses at the six of them moving to $20 million with the Players Championship jumping to $25 million.

Here is the breakdown of payments for everyone who makes the cut next week at St. Andrews:

Win: $2,500,000

2: $1,455,000

3: $933,000

4: $725,000

5: $583,000

6: $505,000

7: $434,000

8: $366,000

9: $321,000

10: $290,000

11: $264,000

12: $234,000

13: $220,000

14: $206,000

15: $191,500

16: $176,000

17: $167,500

18: $159,750

19: $153,000

20: $145,750

21: $139,000

22: $132,000

23: $125,000

24: $118,000

25: $114,000

26: $109,000

27: $105,000

28: $101,500

29: $97,000:

30: $92,000

31: $89,000

32: $84,500

33: $81,500

34: $79,250

35: $76,500

36: $73,500

37: $70,000

38: $66,500

39: $64,000

40: $62,000

41: $59,500

42: $56,500

43: $54,000

44: $51,000

45: $48,000

46: $45,500

47: $43,700

48: $42,000

49: $40,000

50: $39,100

51: $38,200

52: $37,600

53: $37,000

54: $36,500

55: $35,900

56: $35,400

57: $35,000

58: $34,750

59: $34,500

60: $34,250

61: $34,000

62: $33,900

63: $33,750

64: $33,600

65: $33,400

66: $33,100

67: $32,900

68: $32,600

69: $32,400

70: $32,200

If more than 70 professional golfers qualify for the final two rounds, additional prize money will be added. Prize money will decrease by $125 per qualifying place above 70 to a minimum of $30,950

Non-qualifiers after two rounds: Leading 10 professional golfers and ties $10,500; next 20 professional golfers and ties $8,500; remainder of professional golfers and ties $7,000.