British Open Purse Increased

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SANDWICH, England -- The total purse for the 2003 British Open has been increased, but the winner's share remained the same. The 132nd Open Championship will be played at Royal St. George's from July 17-20.
 
The purse was increased by more than $150,000, an average bump of 3.1-percent from second place to 70th. The winner's share remains at slightly more than $1.1 million.
 
'We have raised the prize money by a modest amount following several years of substantial increases,' said David Hill, Championship Secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. 'And in continuing with our policy of rewarding players throughout the field, we have distributed the increase through to the player finishing in 70th place.'
 
Since Greg Norman won at Royal St. George's 10 years ago, the winner's share has increased by nearly $1 million.
 
Ernie Els defeated Stuart Appleby, Thomas Levet and Steve Elkington in the 2002 British Open in a playoff. Els and Levet survived the four-hole aggregate playoff and needed sudden-death to decide the Open Championship winner, where Els parred the fifth extra hole to beat Levet.