WINNER'S CHEQUE RISES TO £900,000 AS PRIZE-FUND INCREASES TO £5M

The Open Championship

For Immediate Publication

WINNER’S CHEQUE RISES TO £900,000 AS PRIZE-FUND INCREASES TO £5M

25 June 2011, St Andrews, Scotland: Prize money will be increased for the 2011 Open Championship, The R&A today announced. In 2011, the prize fund will rise to £5 million, with the Champion receiving £900,000.

The Open Champion’s purse has been increased by over 5%, from last year’s figure of £850,000. The total prize fund remained at £4.2 million for 2007, 2008 and 2009, before being increased to £4.8 million for the 150th Anniversary Open, last year.

"Each year The R&A strives to ensure that The Open provides the very best in all areas of the event,” said The R&A’s Chief Executive, Peter Dawson. “From spectator and media facilities, to player experience and performance reward, every aspect of The Open is under regular review to ensure it remains at the forefront of championship golf."

There is less than one week remaining in which to purchase Open Championship tickets at advance-purchase prices. Until the end of June, daily tickets for the 2011 Championship at Royal St George’s are available for £55, while season tickets, permitting entry on all eight days, cost £220.

For just £110, a family of five can enjoy a day at golf’s oldest Major, by taking advantage of The R&A’s established ticketing policy, which grants free access to any juvenile, aged 16 or under, who is accompanied by a paying adult. Those travelling from the capital on Championship days can also take advantage of Southeastern’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ promotion, which allows accompanied five to 15-year-olds to travel to the venue for just £1.

With International Marquee tickets sold out for the four Championship days, limited numbers of Wednesday tickets are still available. Hospitality can also still be purchased, with Open Championship Official Hospitality fine-dining packages remaining on sale for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Half-price entry to The Senior Open Championship, which is being held the following week at Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, will be granted on production of a valid Open Championship admission ticket.

PRIZE MONEY

















Place

 



Place

 



Place



1

900,000



53

13,300



105

2,600

2

520,000



54

13,100



106

2,600

3

335,000



55

13,000



107

2,600

4

260,000



56

12,900



108

2,600

5

210,000



57

12,800



109

2,600

6

180,000



58

12,700



110

2,600

7

155,000



59

12,600



111

2,600

8

130,000



60

12,500



112

2,600

9

115,000



61

12,400



113

2,600

10

104,000



62

12,300



114

2,600

11

94,000



63

12,200



115

2,600

12

84,000



64

12,100



116

2,600

13

78,000



65

12,000



117

2,600

14

73,000



66

11,900



118

2,600

15

68,000



67

11,800



119

2,600

16

63,000



68

11,700



120

2,600

17

60,000



69

11,600



121

2,350

18

57,000



70

11,500



122

2,350

19

54,500



71

3,500



123

2,350

20

52,000



72

3,500



124

2,350

21

49,500



73

3,500



125

2,350

22

47,000



74

3,500



126

2,350

23

44,500



75

3,500



127

2,350

24

42,500



76

3,500



128

2,350

25

40,500



77

3,500



129

2,350

26

39,000



78

3,500



130

2,350

27

37,500



79

3,500



131

2,350

28

36,000



80

3,500



132

2,350

29

34,500



81

2,850



133

2,350

30

33,000



82

2,850



134

2,350

31

31,500



83

2,850



135

2,350

32

30,000



84

2,850



136

2,350

33

29,000



85

2,850



137

2,350

34

28,000



86

2,850



138

2,350

35

27,000



87

2,850



139

2,350

36

26,000



88

2,850



140

2,350

37

25,000



89

2,850



141

2,350

38

24,000



90

2,850



142

2,350

39

23,000



91

2,850



143

2,350

40

22,000



92

2,850



144

2,350

41

21,000



93

2,850



145

2,350

42

20,000



94

2,850



146

2,350

43

19,000



95

2,850



147

2,350

44

18,000



96

2,850



148

2,350

45

17,250



97

2,850



149

2,350

46

16,500



98

2,850



150

2,350

47

15,750



99

2,850



151

2,350

48

15,000



100

2,850



152

2,350

49

14,500



101

2,600



153

2,350

50

14,000



102

2,600



154

2,350

51

13,750



103

2,600



155

2,350

52

13,500



104

2,600



156

2,350

ENDS

Note to Editors

The Open Championship is golf’s oldest Major. Played since 1860 on British links golf courses, it is the game’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

Further information:

Malcolm Booth
Head of Communications

The R&A
Tel: +44 1334 460000