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Big increase in Open prize fund

The winner of this year's Open golf tournament at St Andrews will receive £ 500,000 ($787,400), an increase of £150,000 ($236,200) on the cheque handed to Paul Lawrie last year.

"In addition to the 43 percent increase for the winner, we have substantially increased all other prizes by amounts up to 40 percent," said David Hill, championship secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

"This now means that while there will be £ 500,000 for the winner, any player who makes the cut will receive at least £ 7,000 ($11,020).

The total prize money available for golf's oldest major championship will be a record £ 2.75 million ($4.33 million).

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