Open Cham­pi­onship prize money in­creased by £200,000

Daily Trust - - WEEKLY GOLF DIGEST -

The win­ner of this year’s Open Cham­pi­onship at Royal Troon will take home £1.175mil­lion, a rise of £25,000 on 2015.

To­tal prize money for The Open, which starts on Thurs­day week, will be £6.5m, an in­crease of £200,000. Last year’s cham­pion, Zach John­son, re­ceived £1.15m pounds when he won the event at St An­drews. The run­ner-up will re­ceive £675,000 and the third-placed player £433,000, down to £15,000 for 70th.

But while the head­line fig­ures are higher, the slump in the value of the pound fol­low­ing the leave re­sult in the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain's EU mem­ber­ship means that play­ers from out­side the UK will be tak­ing home less money than last year.

Tak­ing the value of the pound against the US dol­lar last July, John­son took around $1.8m back across the Atlantic with him. But af­ter the pound hit a 31year low against the dol­lar on Tues­day, any Amer­i­can win­ner of the Claret Jug next week would claim around £1.5m - and less if the pound falls fur­ther.

“The Open is one of the world’s great sport­ing events and it is im­por­tant that this is re­flected in the prize fund,” said Martin Slum­bers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The R&A. “We want to con­tinue to at­tract the world’s best golfers to com­pete in the Cham­pi­onship each year and to en­hance its global ap­peal.”

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