Women’s British Open Purse Increases by Nearly 40 Percent to US$ 4.5 Million

Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The Royal & Ancient is raising the total prize money to US$4.5 million for the Women’s British Open.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers says the prize fund — up from US$3.25 million a year ago — is an important first step toward achieving parity with the men’s game, but that it will take time.

The British Open has a US$10.75 million purse.

The increase in prize money for the Women’s British Open comes in the first year of AIG’s five-year deal as the title sponsor.

The winner of the Women’s British Open, to be played on August 1-4 at Woburn in England, will receive US$675,000. That makes it the second-highest payout among the women’s five majors. The U.S. Women’s Open champion, Jeongeun Lee6, received US$1 million from a US$5.5 million purse last month.