Hoisting the Claret Jug at the conclusion of this 151st Open Championship on Sunday was one of the most desired moments to occur in golf this season. Brian Harman earned that honor with four excellent days at Royal Liverpool, including one of the best performances in a major we’ve seen in a long time.
Besides now being able to rub shoulders with the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as major champions at Royal Liverpool, Harman will bring some hardware and a whopping $3 million check home to the US by claiming the winner’s prize.
The R&A significantly increased the purse for the 2023 Open, bringing it to $16.5 million from the $14 million total payout available last year when The Open was held at the Old Course in St. Andrews. While more is being paid out to golfers than ever before by the R&A, The Open still ranks behind the US Open ($20 million), the Masters ($18 million) and the PGA Championship ($17.5 million) among big payouts.
“Our aim is to ensure The Open remains at the pinnacle of world golf and we have almost doubled the prize fund since 2016,” said R&A CEO Martin Slumbers ahead of the tournament. “While we are seeing significant increases in prize money across the professional men’s game, we are fulfilling our wider commitment to the sport by elevating the AIG Women’s Open, strengthening the pathways of the elite amateur game and encouraging more people around the world to play golf. We believe that getting this balance right is critical to the long-term future of the sport.”
In 2016, total prize money paid out was $8.5 million. Because of the exchange rate, it was actually higher back in 2014 when McIlroy won his third major championship at Royal Liverpool. The purse that week was over $9.2 million.
Here’s a look at the full purse and each payout for the 151st Open Championship.
Open championship purse 2023, prize money
Total purse: $16.5 million
1. (Winner): $3,000,000 — Brian Harman
2nd: $1,708,000 — Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Tom Kim, Sepp Straka ($1,084,625 each)
6th: $593,000 — Rory McIlroy, Emiliano Grillo ($551,250 each)
8th: $429,700 — Cameron Young, Shubhankar Sharma ($403,350 each)
10th: $340,500 — Tommy Fleetwood, Max Homa, Matthew Jordan ($308,400 each)
13th: $258,300 — Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Detry ($241,633 each)
16th: $206,600 – Laurie Canter, Xander Schauffele, Alex Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland ($192,575 each)
20th: $171,100 — Tyrell Hatton, Sungjae Im, Antoine Rozner ($163,067 each)
23rd: $146,700 — Adrian Meronk, Scottie Scheffler, Matthew Southgate, Louis Oosthuizen, Alex Noren, Stewart Cink, Byeong Hun An, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Nicolai Hojgaard ($121,490 each)
33rd: $95,700 — Adam Scott, Oliver Wilson, Patrick Cantlay, Richard Bland, Wyndham Clark, Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Romain Langasque ($84,113 each)
41st: $69,800 — Marcel Siem, Victor Perez, Hurly Long, Jordan Smith, JT Poston, Alexander Bjork, Min Woo Lee, Matt Fitzpatrick ($58,725 each)
49th: $47,000 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Abraham Ancer, Brendon Todd ($45,933 each)
52nd: $44,100 – Ryan Fox, Corey Conners, Michael Stewart ($43,433 each)
55th: $42,100 – Andrew Putnam, Gary Woodland, Adrian Otaegui, Zach Johnson ($41,375 each)
59th: $40,500 — Brandon Robinson-Thompson
60th: $40,200 – Scott Stallings, Bryson DeChambeau, Kurt Kitayama, Rikuya Hoshino ($39,900 each)
64th: $39,400 – Padraig Harrington, Brooks Koepka, Richie Ramsay, Guido Migliozzi ($39,025 each)
68th: $38,300 – Danny Willett, David Lingmerth, Sami Valimaki ($38,033 each)
71st: $37,675 — Robert MacIntyre, Thomas Pieters, Joost Luiten ($37,550 each)
74th: $37,300 — Christo Lamprecht (a), Thirston Lawrence
75th: $37,175 — Zack Fischer (76th)
Because more than 70 pros qualified for the final two rounds, additional prize money was added. According to the R&A, prize money fell by $125 per qualifying place over 70 for a minimum of $36,550.