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Willie Park Snr won the first Open Champinship in 1860. He received the Championship Belt seen here, but no prize money.

The cheque is today the least important benefit of winning a major, but times have changed - indeed, Willie Park Snr (left) won no money at all in 1860. But the growth in prize money is a good reflection of the growth in the whole game of golf and its worldwide economic importance.


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Professional Major Championships - Prize Money Evolution 1860 - 2010
Year The Masters The US Open The Open The US PGA
2010 Phil Mickelson $1,350,000 Graeme McDowell $1,350,000 Louis Oosthuizen £850,000 Martin Kaymer $1,350,000
2009 Angel Cabrera $1,350,000 Lucas Glover $1,350,000 Stewart Cink £750,000 Yang Yong-eun $1,350,000
2008 Trevor Immelman Tiger Woods Padraig Harrington £750,000 Padraig Harrington
2007 Zach Johnson Angel Cabrera Padraig Harrington £750,000 Tiger Woods
2006 Phil Mickelson Geoff Ogilvy Tiger Woods £720,000 Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods Michael Campbell Tiger Woods £720,000 Phil Mickelson
2004 Phil Mickelson $1,008,000 Retief Goosen $1,125,000 Todd Hamilton £720,000 Vijay Singh $1,125,000
2003 Mike Weir Jim Furyk Ben Curtis £700,000 Shaun Micheel
2002 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Ernie Els £700,000 Rich Beem
2001 Tiger Woods Retief Goosen David Duval £600,000 David Toms
2000 Vijay Singh $828,000 Tiger Woods $800,000 Tiger Woods £500,000 Tiger Woods $900,000
1999 JM Olazabal Payne Stewart Paul Lawrie £350,000 Tiger Woods
1998 Mark O'Meara Lee Janzen Mark O'Meara £300,000 Vijay Singh
1997 Tiger Woods Ernie Els Justin Leonard £250,000 Davis Love III
1996 Nick Faldo Steve Jones Tom Lehman £200,000 Mark Brooks
1995 Ben Crenshaw Corey Pavin John Daly £125,000 Steve Elkington
1994 JM Olazabal Ernie Els Nick Price £110,000 Nick Price
1993 Bernhard Langer Lee Janzen Greg Norman £100,000 Paul Azinger
1992 Fred Couples Tom Kite Nick Faldo £95,000 Nick Price
1991 Ian Woosnam Payne Stewart Ian Baker-Finch £90,000 John Daly
1990 Nick Faldo $225,000 Hale Irwin $220,000 Nick Faldo £85,000 Wayne Grady $225,000
1989 Nick Faldo Curtis Strange M Calcavecchia £80,000 Payne Stewart
1988 Sandy Lyle Curtis Strange Seve Ballesteros £80,000 Jeff Sluman
1987 Larry Mize Scott Simpson Nick Faldo £75,000 Larry Nelson
1986 Jack Nicklaus Ray Floyd Greg Norman £70,000 Bob Tway
1985 Bernhard Langer Andy North Sandy Lyle £65,000 Hubert Green
1984 Ben Crenshaw Fuzzy Zoeller Seve Ballesteros £50,000 Lee Trevino
1983 Seve Ballesteros Larry Nelson Tom Watson £40,000 Hal Sutton
1982 Craig Stadler Tom Watson Tom Watson £32,000 Ray Floyd
1981 Tom Watson David Graham Bill Rogers £25,000 Larry Nelson
1980 Seve Ballesteros $55,000 Jack Nicklaus $55,000 Tom Watson £25,000 Jack Nicklaus $60,000
1979

Fuzzy Zoeller

Hale Irwin Seve Ballesteros £15,000 David Graham
1978 Gary Player Andy North Jack Nicklaus £12,500 John Mahaffey
1977 Tom Watson Hubert Green Tom Watson £10,000 Lanny Wadkins
1976 Ray Floyd Jerry Pate Johnny Miller £7,500 Dave Stockton
1975 Jack Nicklaus Lou Graham Tom Watson £7,500 Jack Nickaus
1974 Gary Player Hale Irwin Gary Player £5,500 Lee Trevino
1973 Tommy Aaron Johnny Miller Tom Weiskopf £5,500 Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus Jack Nicklaus Lee Trevino £5,500 Gary Player
1971 Charles Coody Lee Trevino Lee Trevino £5,500 Jack Nicklaus
1970 Billy Casper $25,000 Tony Jacklin $30,000 Jack Nicklaus £5,250 Dave Stockton $40,000
1969 George Archer Orville Moody Tony Jacklin £4,250 Ray Floyd
1968 Bob Goalby Lee Trevino Gary Player £3,000 Julius Boros
1967 Gay Brewer Jack Nicklaus R de Vicenzo £2,100 Don January
1966 Jack Nicklaus Billy Casper Jack Nicklaus £2,100 Al Geiberger
1965 Jack Nicklaus Gary Player Peter Thomson £1,750 Dave Marr
1964 Arnold Palmer Ken Venturi Tony Lema £1,500 Bobby Nichols
1963 Jack Nicklaus Julius Boros Bob Charles £1,500 Jack Nicklaus
1962 Arnold Palmer Jack Nicklaus Arnold Palmer £1,400 Gary Player
1961 Gary Player Gene Littler Arnold Palmer £1,400 Jerry Barber
1960 Arnold Palmer $17,500 Arnold Palmer $14,400 Kel Nagle £1,250 Jay Hebert $11,000
1959 Art Wall Billy Casper Gary Player £1,000 Bob Rosburg
1958 Arnold Palmer Tommy Bolt Peter Thomson £1,000 Dow Finsterwald
1957 Doug Ford Dick Mayer Bobby Locke £1,000 Lionel Hebert
1956 Jack Burke Jnr Cary Middlecoff Peter Thomson £1,000 Jack Burke Jnr
1955 Cary Middlecoff Jack Fleck Peter Thomson £1,000 Doug Ford
1954 Sam Snead Ed Furgol Peter Thomson £750 Chick Harbert
1953 Ben Hogan Ben Hogan Ben Hogan £500 Walter Burkemo
1952 Sam Snead Julius Boros Bobby Locke £300 Jim Turnesa
1951 Ben Hogan Ben Hogan Max Faulkner £300 Sam Snead
1950 Jimmy Demaret $2,400 Ben Hogan $4,000 Bobby Locke £300 Chandler Harper $3,500
1949 Sam Snead Cary Middlecoff Bobby Locke £300 Sam Snead
1948 Claude Harmon Ben Hogan Henry Cotton £150 Ben Hogan
1947 Jimmy Demaret Lew Worsham Fred Daly £150 Jim Ferrier
1946 Herman Keiser $2,500 Lloyd Mangrum $1,500 Sam Snead £150 Ben Hogan $3,500
1945 No Tournament No Championship No Championship Byron Nelson
1944 No Tournament No Championship No Championship Bob Hamilton
1943 No Tournament No Championship No Championship No Championship
1942 Byron Nelson $1,500 No Championship No Championship Sam Snead $1,000
1941 Craig Wood Craig Wood No Championship Vic Ghezzi
1940 Jimmy Demaret $1,500 Lawson Little $1,000 No Championship Byron Nelson $1,100
1939 Ralph Guldahl Byron Nelson Dick Burton £100 Henry Picard
1938 Henry Picard Ralph Guldahl Reg Whitcombe £100 Paul Runyan
1937 Byron Nelson Ralph Guldahl Henry Cotton £100 Denny Shute
1936 Horton Smith Tony Manero Alf Padgham £100 Denny Shute
1935 Gene Sarazen Sam Parks Jnr Alf Perry £100 Johnny Revolta
1934 Horton Smith $1,500 Olin Dutra $1,000 Henry Cotton £100 Paul Runyan $1,000
1933   Johnny Goodman (A) Denny Shute £100 Gene Sarazen
1932   Gene Sarazen Gene Sarazen £100 Olin Dutra
1931   Billy Burke Tommy Armour £100 Tom Creavy
1930   Bobby Jones (A) Bobby Jones (A) Tommy Armour
1929   Bobby Jones (A) Walter Hagen £75 Leo Diegel
1928   Johnny Farrell Walter Hagen £75 Leo Diegel
1927   Tommy Armour Bobby Jones (A) Walter Hagen
1926   Bobby Jones (A) Bobby Jones (A) Walter Hagen
1925   Willie MacFarlane Jim Barnes £75 Walter Hagen
1924   Cyril Walker Walter Hagen £75 Walter Hagen
1923   Bobby Jones (A) Arthur Havers £75 Gene Sarazen
1922   Gene Sarazen Walter Hagen £75 Gene Sarazen
1921   Jim Barnes Jock Hutchison £75 Walter Hagen
1920   Ted Ray George Duncan £75 Jock Hutchison
1919   Walter Hagen No Championship Jim Barnes
1918   No Championship No Championship No Championship
1917   No Championship No Championship No Championship
1916   Chick Evans (A) No Championship Jim Barnes $500
1915   Jerome Travers (A) No Championship  
1914   Walter Hagen Harry Vardon £50  
1913   Francis Ouimet (A) JH Taylor £50  
1912   John McDermott Ted Ray £50  
1911   John McDermott Harry Vardon £50  
1910   Alex Smith James Braid £50  
1909   George Sargent JH Taylor £50  
1908   Fred McLeod James Braid £50  
1907   Alex Ross Arnaud Massy £50  
1906   Alex Smith James Braid £50  
1905   Willie Anderson James Braid £50  
1904   Willie Anderson Jack White £50  
1903   Willie Anderson Harry Vardon £50  
1902   Laurie Auchterlonie Sandy Herd £50  
1901   Willie Anderson James Braid £50  
1900   Harry Vardon JH Taylor £50  
1899   Willie Smith Harry Vardon £30  
1898   Fred Herd Harry Vardon £30  
1897   Joe Lloyd Harold Hilton (A)  
1896   James Foulis Harry Vardon £30  
1895   Horace Rawlins $150 JH Taylor £30  
1894     JH Taylor £30  
1893     W Auchterlonie £30 (6)  
1892     Harold Hilton (A)  
1891     Hugh Kirkaldy £10  
1890     John Ball Jnr (A)  
1889     Willie Park Jnr £8  
1888     Jack Burns £8  
1887     Willie Park Jnr £8  
1886     David Brown £8  
1885     Bob Martin £10  
1884     Jack Simpson £10  
1883     Wille Fernie £10  
1882     Bob Ferguson £12  
1881     Bob Ferguson £8  
1880     Bob Ferguson £8  
1879     Jamie Anderson £10  
1878     Jamie Anderson £8  
1877     Jamie Anderson £8  
1876     Bob Martin £10  
1875     Willie Park Snr £8  
1874     Mungo Park £8  
1873     Tom Kidd £11  
1872     Tom Morris Jnr £8 (5)  
1871     No Championship (4)  
1870     Tom Morris Jnr £6  
1869     Tom Morris Jnr £6  
1868     Tom Morris Jnr £6  
1867     Tom Morris Snr £7  
1866     Willie Park Snr £6  
1865     Andrew Strath £8  
1864     Tom Morris Snr £6  
1863     Willie Park Snr (3)  
1862     Tom Morris Snr (2)  
1861     Tom Morris Snr (1)  
1860     Willie Park Snr (1)  
(A) denotes Amateur - not eligible for prize money
(1) No prize money was offered, but the winner received the Championship Belt
(2) No prize money, but medals were awarded in addition to The Belt. The tradition of the medals continues to this day.
(3) A purse of 10 was shared equally among all eight professionals competing, giving them £1 2s 6d (£1.12½p) each.
(4) Young Tom Morris having won the Championship Belt three years in succession, it became his property and there was therefore no trophy to give in 1871. Consequently the Championship was not held.
(5) In additon to £8 in cash, Young Tom Morris was awarded and had his name engraved on the new silver Claret Jug (properly called 'The Golf Champion Trophy') to hold for one year. The Jug cost £30 to buy from Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh, but was not ready in time to be presented after the Championship, so Tom Kidd was the first Champion to be handed the Claret Jug in person in 1873.
(6) Although the actual amount appears paltry today, the 200% increase in the winner's purse from £10 to £30 in 1893 is in fact the greatest inflation in prize money in the history of major championships.

 

 

 






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