The champion in 2003 will collect a record first prize of 157,800, ($252,691)which represents a near 100 percent increase on the amount which Japans Noboru Sugai received for winning the Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, at The Royal County Down Golf Club in 2002. The winners cheque is, in fact, more than the total prize fund for the inaugural Championship.
Ken Schofield, executive director of The European Tour said, The 100 percent increase in the prize fund for the 2003 Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, is a significant milestone in the continuing development of the European Seniors Tour.
The Championship has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural edition in 1987, when our own Chairman, Neil Coles, claimed the title at the Westin Turnberry Resort, and has now been deservedly recognised as a Major Championship this year.
It is also entirely appropriate that this prestigious Championship returns to the Ayrshire venue, where it originated, with a first prize significantly greater than the entire prize fund 16 years ago. The magnificent Ailsa Course has proved itself to be one of the best venues in world golf and will unquestionably identify a great champion in July.