(Reuters) – The prize money on provide for this yr’s British Open has elevated by 22% to a complete of $14 million, with the winner set to take house $2.5 million, organisers Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) stated on Friday.
The one hundred and fiftieth version of the British Open shall be performed at St Andrews and is anticipated to draw a file attendance of 290,000.
The enhance in prize money comes within the wake of the PGA Tour unveiling bigger purses for the 2022-23 season in response to the profitable LIV Invitational Series.
The Saudi-backed collection is providing purses of $25 million at seven-of-eight occasions and a $50 million prize fund on the collection finale.
“There have been important modifications in prize money during the last yr,” R&A chief govt Martin Slumbers stated. “We have due to this fact elevated the prize fund by 22% which signifies that the prize money has elevated by greater than 60% since 2016.
“We have made this substantial funding whereas balancing our wider commitments to growing golf in any respect ranges all over the world and to persevering with to elevate the AIG Women’s Open.”
The sport’s oldest championship will enhance their prize fund additional if greater than 70 skilled golfers make the lower for the ultimate two rounds.
The British Open has traditionally provided smaller purses than the three different majors with the U.S. Open providing $17.5 million this yr, whereas the U.S. Masters and PGA Championship provided $15 million every.
The match will run from July 14-17.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)