The winner of The Open will earn more than $ 2 million this month.
Out of a total prize fund of $ 11.5 million, those who picked up the Claret Jug on July 18 at Royal St George’s in Sandwich earned $ 2,070,000, compared to the $ 1,935,000 raised by Shane Lowry in 2019.
Last year’s Open was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The increased prize money “fully reflects the championship in world sports”, Martin Slumbers, CEO of R&A, said on Thursday.
“As the only major championship for men to be played outside of America, the Open has a global role to play, and we are determined to continue to attract the top players,” Slumbers said.
The increased prize money comes after the PGA Tour players were notified last week that they would do so face protocols and procedures stricter than they had seen for months.
According to a “Player Information Update” obtained by ESPN, The Open will “operate under strict government supervision of the British government”, according to Slumbers.
Among other things, players may not share accommodation and must test COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. They are not allowed to visit restaurants, bars or grocery stores – which have been allowed for months at the PGA Tour in the United States. The European tour has been under similar restrictions since its return to July last year.
The UK government recently extended its mask and restrictions until July 19 for fear of spreading the Delta variant of COVID-19 first detected in India. The United States is on the country’s Amber list for travel, which requires testing and quarantine.
The Open, which begins on July 15, may have up to 32,000 spectators a day.
Information from Bob Harig and ESPN’s Associated Press was used in this report.