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Record prize money on offer for 2001 Open

The winner of this year's British Open golf tournament at Royal Lytham and St Anne's will receive a record £600,000 ($863,200) in prize money, organisers said on Tuesday.

Tiger Woods received £500,000 when he won last year's British Open at St Andrews in Scotland.

Total prize money for the event scheduled to be held from July 19-22 at Royal Lytham in north-west England will be about £3.3 million.

"In addition to the 20 percent increase for the winner, we have substantially increased all prize money by amounts up to 33 percent," said David Hill, Championship Secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club which organises the British Open.

"This now means that while there will be £600,000 for the winner, any player who makes the cut will receive at least £8,000."

The last time the event was held at Lytham, in 1996, American Tom Lehman pocketed a winner's cheque of £200,000. ($1=.6951 Pound)

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