money boosted to £1.75 million
Andrews, Scotland - This year's Open champion at Royal
Birkdale will collect a cheque for £300,000 - the sum the entire
field received just 15 years ago.
The first prize
is up £50,000 on the amount Justin Leonard received at Royal Troon
last summer and the total fund goes up by 7.5% to £1.75million.
who survives the halfway cut is guaranteed at least £5,600, which
is more than Lee Trevino's reward for winning the title at the Southport
course in 1971.
This will be
the eighth time Birkdale has played host to the championship. Peter
Thomson won £750 in 1954 and £1,750 in 1965, Arnold Palmer £1,400
in 1961, Johnny Miller £7,500 in 1976, Tom Watson £40,000 in 1983
and Ian Baker-Finch £90,000 seven years ago.
Watson is the
only previous champion at the course likely to be in the starting
line-up this time, Baker-Finch having already announced his game
is not fit for an Open. The Australian quit the tournament after
an opening 92 last year.