The Open Championship 2021: Complete Breakdown of the Prize Money From Winner to Last-Place

Published 07/16/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 15, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in action during the first round REUTERS/Paul Childs


The Open Championship is the oldest major in golf. It is also the oldest tournament in the sport which all together raises massive expectations for this event. There is always a different level of excitement when The Open begins, and here’s everything you need to know about the tournament’s prize money and champion’s payout in 2021. 

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The 149th Open Championship is being played at Royal St.George’s in Sandwich, Kent, England. This venue is not new to the major as it has previously hosted the tournament 14 different times! 

Since it is a major, The Open Championship boasts a lucrative prize pool. The total prize money of the 148th Open in 2019 was $10.75 million. However, the R&A has made a significant increase to it in 2021. 

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The total prize pool of The Open Championship 2021 is $11.5 million. This is an Open Championship record in terms of the largest prize money awarded. 

“We have increased the prize fund for The Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the Championship’s stature in world sport,” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said

Champion’s payout at The Open Championship 2021

Since the total prize pool received a boost, the winner will see a significant increase in his share of the prize money. The winner of The Open Championship 2021 will receive a massive payday of $2,070,000. 

A $2.07M payout is huge! This is the largest in the history of The Open Championship! Furthermore, here’s the payout the top five positions will receive at the final major of the year: 

PositionPayout
Winner$2,070,000
Runner-up$1,198,000
Third place$768,000
Fourth place$597,000
Fifth place$480,000
Apr 23, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Jon Rahm plays from the 10th tee box during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The prize money distribution is majorly aimed at players qualifying for the weekend. However, there is also a chance of more than 70 players qualifying, and in this case, the R&A has charted out a plan

“If more than 70 professional golfers qualify for the final two rounds, additional prize money will be added. Prize money will decrease by USD125 per qualifying place above 70 to a minimum of USD13,500.”

Complete breakdown of the prize purse

1) $2,070,000

2) $1,198,000

3) $768,000

4) $597,000

5) $480,000

6) $416,000

7) $357,000

8) $301,500

9) $264,000

10) $238,500

11) $217,000

12) $192,500

13) $180,750

14) $170,000

15) $157,750

16) $145,000

17) $138,000

18) $131,500

19) $126,000

20) $120,000

21) $114,500

22) $108,500

23)  $103,000

24) $97,000

25 )$94,000

26) $90,000

27) $86,500

28) $83,500

29) $80,000

30) $76,000

31) $73,250

32) $69,500

33) $67,250

34) $65,250

35) $63,000

36) $60,500

37) $57,500

38) $54,750

39) $52,750

40) $51,000

41) $49,000

42) $46,500

43) $44,500

44) $42,000

45) $39,500

46) $37,500

47) $36,000

48) $34,500

49) $33,000

50) $32,250

51) $31,500

52) $31,000

53) $30,500

54) $30,000

55) $29,500

56) $29,100

57) $28,800

58) $28,600

59) $28,400

60) $28,200

61) $28,000

62) $27,900

63) $27,800

64) $27,700

65) $27,500

66) $27,300

67) $27,100

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68) $26,900

69) $26,700

70) $26,500

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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