Wales Open purse increased
A record prize fund of £1.1m
will be on offer at this year's Wales Open at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.
The tournament purse represents a 10% on the 2001 figure.
"We're planning to
make the event bigger and better again in 2002," said tournament chairman
increase in the prize fund is just the first step and we have a number of other
ideas in the pipeline.
"As always, we'll give
top priority to looking after the players and making sure they have a thoroughly
European Tour executive
director Ken Schofield said: "We congratulate Andy Stanton and his team for
continuing to enhance the reputation of the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open.
"We were, of course,
delighted to announce Wales as the host country for the 2010 Ryder Cup matches
and the development of the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open prize fund further underlines
their support and commitment to golf in Wales."
Ireland's Paul McGinley
won last year's Wales Open in a three-way playoff after the tournament was reduced
to 36 holes following heavy rain.
The event will be held from
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