R&A announces huge purse increase for Women’s Open

They’re not there yet…but at least the women’s professional game is beginning to catch up.

So news that next month’s Women’s British Open will have a prizemoney lift by 40 per cent is certainly a move in the right direction from the Royal and Ancient (R&A).

Georgia Hall Georgia Hall won the 2018 Women’s British Open (Credit: LPGA Tour)

This year’s Women’s Open champion will take home $A965,000 (£540,000), up from the $A701,000 (£392,000) that Georgia Hall took home in 2018.

That is still a fair way short of the men’s equivalent at Royal Portrush this week where the purse is $15.3m (£8.56m) and the winner will claim $2.7m (£1.51m).

It’s an important first step according to the R&A’s chief executive Martin Slumbers.

“We know it will take time to move closer to achieving parity with the men’s game,” he said.

“We will continue to work towards the long-term goal of a sustainable business model.”

“But we can’t do it alone and the support of fans, sponsors and media are all key to achieving that success.”

This year’s women’s Open will be played at the Marquess Course in Woburn, Bedfordshire from August 1-4.

It also means the Women’s British Open now offers the second-highest prize fund of the five major women’s golf majors.

Yet it should also be pointed out that the winner of the Women’s British Open still receives less than a third of what their male equivalent despite the fact the overall prize fund for the major has been significantly increased.