R&A ups the ante with Open prize money boost

There are now a million reasons to be happy with winning golf’s oldest major – the Open Championship.

The R&A have announced the winner of this year’s 144th Open Championship will receive a first prize cheque for £1,150,000 (A$2.3m).

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy is all smiles holding his first Open Championship trophy (Credit: Matt Harris)

And the this year’s Open Championship purse will rise to £6,300,000 (A$12.8m), an increase of £900,000 on the 2014 total.

The Champion will receive £1,150,000, up £175,000 from the previous year.

It’s a long way from 1864 when Old Tom Morris was presented with just £6 and when cash was first awarded in The Open.

In 1892 and when the Open was first played over 72-holes the winner was presented with £100.

Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The Open is one of the world’s pre-eminent sporting events. The Championship represents the pinnacle for the world’s greatest golfers and this increase is appropriate for an event with The Open’s global appeal.”

Prize money shall be allocated only to professional golfers.

If more than 70 professional golfers qualify for the final two rounds, additional prize money will be added. Prize money will decrease by £100 per qualifying place above 70 to a minimum of £9,000.

Non-qualifiers after two rounds: Leading 10 professional golfers and ties £4,500; next 20 professional golfers and ties £3,600; remaining professional golfers £3,000.