147th Open Championship
R&A increases Carnoustie prize fund by $250,000
USA’s Jordan Spieth will be defending his Open Championship title at Carnoustie later this month (pic: SNS Group)
The R&A has announced an increased prize fund of $10.5million for this year’s Open Championship which is being played at Carnoustie.
Total prize money for the 147th staging of the tournament is up $250,000 compared to last year’s event at Royal Birkdale.
The winner of the Claret Jug later this month will pocket $1.89m, $40,000 more than Jordan Spieth earned 12 months ago.
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “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.”
Despite the increase, The Open still lags behind other Majors when it comes to total prize money available to competitors.
The pot is $500,000 less than The Masters, where Patrick Reed earned $1.98m for winning the Green Jacket earlier this year. The US Open prize fund was $12m last month, with champion Brooks Koepka taking home $2.16m after successfully defending his title.
This will be the second year in a row that prize money will be awarded in dollars.
The 147th Open will be played at Carnoustie from 15-22 July.
Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open has been hit by withdrawals just days before the tournament tees off at Gullane Golf Club.
Henrik Stenson has pulled out with an elbow injury, US Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood will not be making the trip to East Lothian as he rests before his Open Championship bid next week and Alex Noren, who won the title at Castle Stuart, has also opted to give this week a miss to focus on Carnoustie.