Following the general dynamics of recent seasons in golf, the British Open, the last major of the course, this year presents its biggest prize ever. In total, the British tournament, held in Hoylake, distributes 14.8 million euros, which represents an 18% increase in the total amount compared to 2022.
Brian Harman, results
Brian Harman, after proclaiming himself the winner this Sunday, is the biggest beneficiary of the rise. The American, after his victory at Hoylake, pocketed 2.7 million euros (3 million dollars, exactly).
Spanish Jon Rahm, second at Royal Liverpool, will also take a very good pinch. The one from Barrika pocketed 974,210 euros, the same figure that the Austrian Sepp Straka, the Australian Jason Day and the South Korean Tom Kim took, all of them tied for second place.
Jon has already earned over $50 million on the PGA Tour since 2016. The tournament was first held in October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club on Scotland's west coast, with eight participants playing each other in one day over a distance of 36 holes.
The competition was born as an attempt to identify the new golf champion following the death of Allan Robertson, considered the best player of his time and who died in 1859; the first winner was Willie Park Sr., who beat Tom Morris Sr.
by two strokes. The following year the tournament became open to non-professional players as well. From 1871 the Open was not organized by Prestwick Golf Club alone, but was joined by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers of Muirfiled.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club became the sole organizer of the tournament from 1920. In 1892 the competition was extended to 72 holes, while two years later the first edition of an Open outside Scotland was held at Royal St George's Golf Club, England; in 1898 the cut was introduced after two laps of the course.
The tournament has always been played since 1860 except for four occasions: in 1871, when no agreement was found on the new prize for the champion; between 1915 and 1919 due to World War I, between 1939 and 1946 due to World War II, and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; it counts, as of 2021, 149 editions.
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