The Open prize money: How much will each player earn?

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This year’s winner will walk off with not only the Claret Jug but a record amount of prize money

The Open prize money has been announced for the 149th edition of golf’s oldest major at Royal St George’s.

As it has been since 2017, when Jordan Spieth triumphed at Royal Birkdale, the Open prize money will be paid in US dollars. And for the first time, the winner’s share has tipped over the two million mark.

Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive, said, “We have increased the prize fund for the Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the Championship’s stature in world sport.

“As the only men’s major championship played outside of America, the Open has a global role to play and we are determined to continue to attract the top players.

“We are further enhancing the status of our professional championships at the same time as making good progress towards our investment of £200 million over 10 years in growing golf around the world.”

The Open prize money: 2021 breakdown

Purse: $11,500,000

1st: $2,070,000
2nd: $1,198,000
3rd: $768,000
4th: $597,000
5th: $480,000
6th: $416,000
7th: $357,000
8th: $301,500
9th: $264,000
10th: $238,500
11th: $217,000
12th: $192,500
13th: $180,750
14th: $170,000
15th: $157,750
16th: $145,000
17th: $138,000
18th: $131,500
19th: $126,000
20th: $120,000
21st: $114,500
22nd: $108,500
23rd: $103,000
24th: $97,000
25th: $94,000
26th: $90,000
27th: $86,500
28th: $83,500
29th: $80,000
30th: $76,000
31st: $73,250
32nd: $69,500
33rd: $67,250
34th: $65,250
35th: $63,000
36th: $60,500
37th: $57,500
38th: $54,750
39th: $52,750
40th: $51,000
41st: $49,000
42nd: $46,500
43rd: $44,500
44th: $42,000
45th: $39,500
46th: $37,500
47th: $36,000
48th: $34,500
49th: $33,000
50th: $32,250
51st: $31,500
52nd: $31,000
53rd: $30,500
54th: $30,000
55th: $29,500
56th: $29,100
57th: $28,800
58th: $28,600
59th: $28,400
60th: $28,200
61st: $28,000
62nd: $27,900
63rd: $27,800
64th: $27,700
65th: $27,500
66th: $27,300
67th: $27,100
68th: $26,900
69th: $26,700
70th: $26,500

The Open prize money: Previous winner payouts

2019
Purse: $10,750,000
Winner: $1,935,000 (Shane Lowry)

2018
Purse: $10,500,000
Winner: $1,890,000 (Francesco Molinari)

2017
Purse: $10,250,000
Winner: $1,845,000 (Jordan Spieth)

2016
Purse: £6,500,00
Winner: £1,175,000 (Henrik Stenson)

2015
Purse: £6,300,000
Winner: £1,150,000 (Zach Johnson)

2014 
Purse: £5,400,000
Winner: £975,000 (Rory McIlroy)

2013 
Purse: £5,250,000
Winner: £945,000 (Phil Mickelson)

2012 
Purse: £5,000,000
Winner: £900,000 (Ernie Els)

2011
Purse: £5,000,000
Winner: £900,000 (Darren Clarke)

2010
Purse: £4,800,000
Winner: £850,000 (Louis Oosthuizen)

2009 
Purse: £4,200,000
Winner: £750,000 (Stewart Cink)

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