Winner Of The Open Set For Healthy Pay-Day
Winning The Open might have more to do with a Claret Jug than money, much in the same way that the prestige of The Masters is all about the Green Jacket, but that won't stop the winner pocketing a pretty penny. That is unless he happens to be an amateur.
The 145th edition of golf's oldest major will start on Thursday morning when Colin Montgomerie steps up on the first tee at around 6.30 am to take the first shot of the tournament. By Sunday evening someone will lift the most famous trophy in the sport and will have a big cheque to cash.
Prize money at this year's tournament is up £200,000 on last year meaning the total prize pot to be shared amongst the 156 competitors will be up to £6.5 million this year with the winner taking home £1.175 million. Get it in £20 notes and stuff it in the jug!
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Last year American Zach Johnson pocketed £1.15 million after beating New Zealander Marc Leishman and South African Louis Oosthuizen in a four hole play-off to win his first major.
The Open does have smaller prize money to share out than both the USPGA and Masters however the winner ends up with more of the pot. However if an amateur wins the tournament then he won't be walking away with the prize money.
Golf keeps the tradition of amateurs not getting paid so winning a tournament comes with a "symbolic prize" and a replica of the Claret Jug. But don't worry that's never happened before.
(Via The Telegraph)