British Open prize money rises as pound slumps


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The winner of the 139th British Open will earn 850,000 pounds ($1.29 million).

While that is 100,000 pounds more than in 2009, in dollars terms the rise is around $60,000 (40,000 pounds).

A total purse of 4.8 million pounds – up from 4.2 million pounds – will provide the runner-up with 500,000 pounds and 320,000 pounds for third place at the event being held at St. Andrews from July 15-18.

Royal and Ancient Club chief executive Peter Dawson said on Tuesday that organizers have taken into account the pound’s weakened position against the dollar and the euro.

Dawson says “we have increased our prize money accordingly.”