The Open Championship is back with a bang after almost a two-year absence. The R&A announced earlier this month that the Open 2021 purse at Royal St. George’s this week had increased to $ 11.5 million, on par with the three other major championships. The winning percentage would be over $ 2 million for the first time in the 149-year history of this event.

The increase represents an overall increase of $ 750,000 over 2019 and is only a modest increase in the winners’ share from $ 1.94 million to $ 2.07 million. The wallet of $ 11.5 million is the same as that of the master but a little less than the US Open ($ 12.5 million) and the PGA Championship ($ 12 million).

“We increased the prize fund for The Open this year and believe it fully reflects the importance of championship in world sport,” said Martin Slumbers, CEO of R&A. “As the only major men’s championship outside of America, The Open is global and we are determined to continue to attract the top players. We are continuing to improve the status of our professional championships while making good progress.” for our £ 200 million investment over 10 years in growing golf around the world. “

This is all a far cry from the first 31 opens which included purses under £ 100 and some of which included no payout at all. This year’s wallet is just over £ 8 million. The Open topped the £ 5 million mark for the first time at none other than Royal St. George’s when Darren Clarke won again in 2011.

Here’s a look at the payouts for anyone who makes the cut.

Open Championship 2021 prize money, payouts

Total budget: $ 11.5 million

1.2 $ 2,070,000
2. $ 1,198,000
3. $ 768,000
4. $ 597,000
5. $ 480,000
6. $ 416,000
7. $ 357,000
8. $ 301,500
9. $ 264,000
$ 10,238,500
11. $ 217,000
12. $ 192,500
13. $ 180,750
14. $ 170,000
15 $ 157,750
16. $ 145,000
17. $ 138,000
18. $ 131,500
19. $ 126,000
20. $ 120,000
21. $ 114,500
22. $ 108,500
23. $ 103,000
24. $ 97,000
25. $ 94,000
26. $ 90,000
$ 27.86,500
$ 28.83,500
29. $ 80,000
30. $ 76,000
31. $ 73,250
32. $ 69,500
33. $ 67,250
34. $ 65,250
35. $ 63,000
36. $ 60,500
37.57,500 $
38. $ 54,750
39.52,750 $
$ 40.51,000
41.49,000 $
42. $ 46,500
$ 43.44,500
$ 44,000
45. $ 39,500
46. ​​$ 37,500
47. $ 36,000
48. $ 34,500
$ 49,000
50. $ 32,250
$ 51.31,500
52.31,000 $
53. $ 30,500
54. $ 30,000
55. $ 29,500
56. $ 29,100
57. $ 28,800
58. $ 28,600
59. $ 28,400
60. $ 28,200
61. $ 28,000
62. $ 27,900
63. $ 27,800
64. $ 27,700
65. $ 27,500
66. $ 27,300
67. $ 27,100
68. $ 26,900
69. $ 26,700
$ 70.26,500