Open Championship modestly increases total purse, winner’s share

June 30, 2019
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The purse and winner’s check for the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland is going up. But only modestly.

The R&A announced on Friday that the event’s purse has been increased by $250,000 from $10.5 million to $10.75 million and the winner’s share has been bumped up from $1.89 million to $1.935 million.

The fourth and final major of the golf season comes in fourth behind the other three majors in both total purse and winner’s payout. The U.S. Open has the largest purse among the majors at $12.5 million, with the Masters purse set at $11.5 million and PGA Championship purse positioned at $11 million.

The largest winner’s share of the majors also belongs to the U.S. Open, which handed out a $2.25 million check to the victor this year. The Masters has a $2.07 million winner’s payout, while the PGA Championship offers $1.98 million to the winner.

It might be the smallest winner’s check of the four major tournaments, but a $1.935 million payout isn’t too bad for whomever lifts the Claret Jug next month.

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