What prizes and prize money does the winner of The Open, golf's final men's Major of the year, and the rest of the field receive?
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Collin Morikawa, winner of the 149th Open at Royal St. George’s will receive more than $2m in prize money for the first time in the championship's history.
The 2021 Open Championship had its largest ever purse with Champion Golfer of the Year Morikawa pocketing a cool $2.07m dollars from the $11.5m prize money.
The purse for the year's final men's golf Major has increased by $750,000 since the tournament's last playing in 2019, where winner Shane Lowry took home $1.935m for his victory at Royal Portrush.
“We have increased the prize fund for the Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the championship’s stature in world sport,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A.
“As the only men’s major championship played outside of America, the Open has a global role to play and we are determined to continue to attract the top players.
"We are further enhancing the status of our professional championships at the same time as making good progress towards our investment of £200 million over 10 years in growing golf around the world.”
But with The Open being played in Britain, why is the prize money listed in dollars? Up until 2016 it was always listed in pounds sterling but this changed to US dollars in 2017 because it's the most widely adopted prize currency in golf.
There's a lot more for the winner of The Open than a large cheque, though.
First and foremost Morikawa becomes a Major (or multiple Major) champion and the winner of the oldest Major Championship in golf, receiving the famous Claret Jug, which he gets to keep until the next year's tournament (or, in Shane Lowry's case, keep for two years due to a global health pandemic). Once Morikawa returns the original trophy he will be given a replica to keep.
The Open originally awarded its winner with the Challenge Belt (1860-1870), but this was permanently given to Young Tom Morris after he won three consecutive tournaments.
It was replaced by the Gold Medal from 1872, which winners still receive, with the Claret Jug first introduced in 1873.
Morikawa's win at Royal St George's also guarantees him entry to all future Open Championships until the age of 60, and entry to the next ten Opens, even if over the age of 60. He also gains entry to the next five Masters, US PGA and US Open tournaments along with five year membership to both the European Tour and PGA Tour.
Victory also comes with a place in the next playing of the WGC Invitational, and WGC-HSBC Champion, the next five years of the The Players Championship and the five invitational tournaments (Genesis Invitational, Fort Worth Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, and Memorial Tournament) on the PGA Tour.
Lifting the Claret Jug also ensures Morikawa gets an automatic invitation to three of the five senior majors once he turns 50 (in 26 years' time!), with a one-year invitation to the US Senior Open and a lifetime invitation to the Senior PGA Championship and Senior Open Championship.
Then there's the 100 Official World Golf Ranking points and the 600 FedEx Cup points. What do points make? Well, in this case, the chance to get a headstart at the big-money Tour Championship and FedEx Cup finale at East Lake later this year and a lot of clout when it comes to renegotiating contracts with sponsors.
But it's not just the winner who benefits at The Open.
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Runner-up Jordan Spieth receives a silver salver and $1.198m in prize money. The top four players, including ties, all guarantee themselves a place in the field at next year's Masters, while the top 10 players will be in the field for The Open again next year. Even those who miss the cut are paid, taking home between $5,350 and $8,000.
While amateurs playing The Open cannot receive prize money, there's still plenty to play for. Since 1949 the leading amateur golfer after the final round has received the Silver Medal and, since 1972, any other amateur who competes in the final round receives the Bronze Medal. Germany's Matthias Schmid was the leading amateur at Royal St George's, finishing on two-over par. Yuxin Lin received a Bronze Medal.
The Professional Golfers' Association (of Great Britain and Ireland) also mark the achievements of its own members in The Open with the Ryle Memorial Medal awarded to the winner if he is a PGA member.
Since 1966 the Braid Taylor Memorial Medal has been given to the highest finishing PGA member and, since 1924, the Tooting Bec Cup has been given to the PGA member with the lowest round in the tournament.Tooting Bec Cup – awarded since 1924 to the PGA member who records the lowest single round during the championship.
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1. Collin Morikawa - $2,070,000
2. Jordan Spieth - $1,198,000
T3. Jon Rahm - $682,500
T3. Louis Oosthuizen - $682,500
5. Dylan Frittelli - $480,000
T6. Brooks Koepka - $386,500
T6. Mackenzie Hughes - $396,500
T8. Dustin Johnson - $255,250
T8. Robert MacIntyre - $255,250
T8. Daniel Berger - $255,250
T8. Scottie Scheffler - $255,250
T12. Viktor Hovland - $181,083
T12. Emiliano Grillo - $181,083
T12. Shane Lowry - $181,083
T15. Tony Finau - $143,063
T15. Paul Casey - $143,063
T15. Marcel Siem - $143,063
T15. Corey Conners - $143,063
T19. Sergio Garcia - $109,000
T19. Brandt Snedeker - $109,000
T19. Brian Harman - $109,000
T19. Aaron Rai - $109,000
T19. Webb Simpson - $109,000
T19. Kevin Streelman - $109,000
T19. Justin Harding - $109,000
T26. Xander Schauffele - $79,821
T26. Byeong Hun An - $79,821
T26. Ian Poulter - $79,821
T26. Matt Fitzpatrick - $79,821
T26. Cameron Tringale - $79,821
T26. Jason Kokrak - $79,821
T26. Andy Sullivan - $79,821
T33. Bryson DeChambeau - $60,143
T33. Benjamin Hebert - $60,143
T33. Tommy Fleetwood - $60,143
T33. Talor Gooch - $60,143
T33. Lanto Griffin - $60,143
T33. Danny Willett - $60,143
T33. Cameron Smith - $60,143
T40. JC Ritchie - $45,417
T40. Justin Thomas - $45,417
T40. Max Homa - $45,417
T40. Daniel Van Tonder - $45,417
T40. Dean Burmester - $45,417
T40. Matt Wallace - $45,417
T46. Jazz Janewattananond - $33,679
T46. Adam Scott - $33,679
T46. Harris English - $33,679
T46. Joahnnes Veerman - $33,679
T46. Rory McIlroy - $33,679
T46. Justin Rose - $33,679
T46. Joel Dahmen - $33,679
T53. Rickie Fowler - $29,417
T53. Chan Kim - $29,417
T53. Billy Horschel - $29,417
T53. Jonathan Thomson - $29,417
T53. Marcus Armitage - $29,417
T53. Christiaan Bezuidenhout - $29,417
T59. Ryosuke Kinoshita - $27,929
T59. Chez Reavie - $27,929
T59. Joaquin Niemann - $27,929
T59. Abraham Ancer - $27,929
T59. Bernd Wiesberger - $27,929
T59. Lee Westwood - $27,929
T59. Matthias Schmid (a) - N/A
T59. Antoine Rozner - $27,929
T67. Brendan Steele - $26,900
T67. Richard Bland - $26,900
T67. Jack Senior - $26,900
T67. Sam Horsfield - $26,900
T67. Ryan Fox - $26,900
72. Padraig Harrington - $26,375
73. Kevin Kisner - $26,250
T74. Richard Mansell - $26,125
T74. Yuxin Lin (a) - N/A
T76. Poom Saksansin - $25,938
T76. Sam Burns - $25,938
$468,100 was split between the 79 players who failed to make the cut.
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