British Open champion will accept record payout in 2017 with R&A awarding esteem income for initial time in dollars

The leader of a claret jug during Royal Birkdale after this month will accept a biggest first-place check in Open Championship history, RA officials announced on Wednesday on divulgence a purse and esteem breakdown.

The champion golfer of a year will acquire $1,845,000 from an altogether purse of $10,250,000. Second-place will acquire we $1,067,000.

In releasing information on a purse, a RA pronounced that for a initial time it will endowment all esteem income in American dollars rather than British pounds.

“We are handling in an increasingly tellurian marketplace and have done a preference to endowment a esteem account in U.S. dollars in approval of a fact that it is a many widely adopted banking for esteem income in golf,” pronounced RA CEO Martin Slumbers in a press release.

Converting from pounds to dollars, a altogether purse for a Open Championship during Royal Troon in 2016 and St. Andrews in 2015 was $9.3 million and $9.2 million, respectively. Henrik Stenson warranted a homogeneous of $1,549,590 for his feat a year ago, and Zach Johnson took home $1,794,690 for his playoff delight during a Home of Golf.

The British Open purse moves a contest only somewhat forward of a $10 million given out during a Masters in April, nonetheless Sergio Garcia warranted some-more for a feat ($1,980,000) than a Open leader will received. The PGA Championship also gave out $10 million in 2016 with $1.8 million going to Jimmy Walker. The PGA of America has nonetheless to announce what a 2017 purse will be when a eventuality is played during Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

The U.S. Open’s purse strike to $12 million altogether during Erin Hills (with $2.16 million to Brooks Koepka) done it a richest of a 4 majors.

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