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Payday at Royal St. George's

The Open 2021: Here's the prize money payout for each golfer at Royal St. George's

July 17, 2021

David Cannon/R&A

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The reward for winning a major championship is so much more than financial. And that’s particularly so for the Open Championship, where the champion on Sunday at Royal St. George’s will walk off with golf’s most recognizable trophy—the claret jug—and its most distinguished label—“Champion Golfer of the Year.” (And if you’re a Brit, you might even get a title from the Queen.)

They do, however, hand out a little money to the winner and the rest of the field that makes the cut. OK, a lot of money. Earlier this month, the R&A announced it was increasing the overall prize money payout for this year’s Open by $1 million, raising the overall purse to $11.5 million. With his victory on Sunday, Collin Morikawa becomes the first winner to receive more than $2 million for his victory, cashing in $2.070 million (The R&A began paying out its prize money in U.S. dollars in 2016.)

How does the Open Championship’s payouts compare to other majors? Here’s the breakdown of the prize money payout at the three other men’s majors.

Masters: $11.5 million/$2.070 million
PGA Championship: $12 million/ $2.16 million
U.S. Open: $12.5 million/$2.25 million

Meanwhile, the largest purse/winner payout of any event on the PGA Tour is the Players Championship, where the overall purse is $15 million with the first-place check at $2.7 million.

Another interesting way to compare the prize money payout this week is to look at it in relation to how much the previous winners at Royal St. George’s have earned. It’s no surprise that there wasn’t a lot of money on the line in the early years of St. George’s hosting the Open. But it is interesting to see that the purse has nearly doubled since the last time the English course hosted the major.

Year: Total Prize Money (US Dollars)/Winner

1894: £100 ($137)/£30 (J.H. Taylor)

1899: £100 ($137)/£30 (Harry Vardon)

1904: £125 ($172)/£50 (Jack White)

1911: £135 ($186)/£50 (Harry Vardon)

1922: £225 ($310)/£75 (Walter Hagen)

1928: £275 ($379)/£75 (Walter Hagen)

1934: £500 ($689)/£100 (Henry Cotton)

1938: £500 ($689)/£100 (Reg Whitcombe)

1949: £1,500 ($2,066)/£300 (Bobby Locke)

1981: £200,000 ($275,489)/£25,000 (Bill Rogers)

1985: £530,000 ($730,047)/£65,000 (Sandy Lyle)

1993: £1 million($1,377,449)/£100,000 (Greg Norman)

2003: £3.9 million ($5,372,051)/£700,000 (Ben Curtis)

2011: £5 million ($6,887,245)/£900,000 (Darren Clarke)

OK, here’s what everybody who will play 72 holes will get to take home this week. Come back shortly after the tournament ends and we’ll update with names and individual prize money payouts.

Win: Collin Morikawa, -15, $2,070,000

2: Jordan Spieth, -13, $1,198,000

T-3: Louis Oosthuizen, -11, $682,500

T-3: Jon Rahm, -11, $682,500

5: Dylan Frittelli, -9, -$480,000

T-6: Brooks Koepka, -8, $386,500

T-6: Mackenzie Hughes, -8, $386,500

T-8: Dustin Johnson, $255,250

T-8: Robert MacIntyre, $255,250

T-8: Daniel Berger, $255,250

T-8: Scottie Scheffler, $255,250

T-12: Viktor Hovland, $181,083

T-12: Emiliano Grillo, $181,083

T-12: Shane Lowry, $181,083

T-15: Tony Finau, $143,063

T-15: Paul Casey, $143,063

T-15: Marcel Siem, $143,063

T-15: Corey Conners, $143,063

T-19: Sergio Garcia, $109,000

T-19: Brandt Snedeker, $109,000

T-19: Brian Harman, $109,000

T-19: Aaron Rai, $109,000

T-19: Webb Simpson, $109,000

T-19: Kevin Streelman, $109,000

T-19: Justin Harding, $109,000

T-26: Xander Schauffele, $79,821

T-26: Byeong Hun An, $79,821

T-26: Ian Poulter, $79,821

T-26: Matt Fitzpatrick, $79,821

T-26: Cameron Tringale, $79,821

T-26: Jason Kokrak, $79,821

T-26: Andy Sullivan, $79,821

T-33: Bryson DeChambeau, $60,143

T-33: Benjamin Hebert, $60,143

T-33: Tommy Fleetwood, $60,143

T-33: Talor Gooch, $60,143

T-33: Lanto Griffin, $60,143

T-33: Danny Willett, $60,143

T-33: Cameron Smith, $60,143

T-40: JC Ritchie, $45,417

T-40: Justin Thomas, $45,417

T-40: Max Homa, $45,417

T-40: Daniel Van Tonder, $45,417

T-40: Dean Burmester, $45,417

T-40: Matt Wallace, $45,417

T-46: Jazz Janewattananond, $33,679

T-46: Adam Scott, $33,679

T-46: Harris English, $33,679

T-46: Johannes Veerman, $33,679

T-46: Rory McIlroy, $33,679

T-46: Justin Rose, $33,679

T-46: Joel Dahmen, $33,679

T-53: Rickie Fowler, $29,417

T-53: Chan Kim, $29,417

T-53: Billy Horschel, $29,417

T-53: Jonathan Thomson, $29,417

T-53: Marcus Armitage, $29,417

T-53: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, $29,417

T-59: Ryosuke Kinoshita, $27,929

T-59: Chez Reavie, $27,929

T-59: Joaquin Niemann, $27,929

T-59: Abraham Ancer, $27,929

T-59: Bernd Wiesberger, $27,929

T-59: Lee Westwood, $27,929

T-59: Matthias Schmid, Amateur

T-59: Antoine Rozner, $27,929

T-67: Brendan Steele, $26,900

T-67: Richard Bland, $26,900

T-67: Jack Senior, $26,900

T-67: Sam Horsfield, $26,900

T-67: Ryan Fox, $26,900

72: Padraig Harrington, $26,375

73: Kevin Kisner, $26,250

T-74: Richard Mansell, 26,125

T-74: Yuxin Lin, Amateur

T-76: Poom Saksansin, $25,938

T-76: Sam Burns, $25,938

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