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Women's British Open: Prize money increased by 40%

Women's British Open: Prize money increased by 40%”

The R&A has today (Monday) moved to address the disparity in prize money for The Open and its women's counterpart by announcing that the 2019 Women's British Open will see its prize purse increase by nearly 40 per cent.

The Women's British Open has been staged in Scotland in four of the last nine years, at Kingbarns Golf Links (2017), Turnberry (2015), the Old Course, St Andrews (2013) and Carnoustie (2011).

The R&A is using its own funds to increase the total payout by almost 40% - or $1.25 million - to $4.5 million.

The prize fund for the men's major has also been upped, but the increase is smaller in percentage than that made for the women's major.

Last year Georgia Hall took home $490,000 for winning her maiden major title from a total purse was $3.25million, while this year the victor will take home $675,000.

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In contrast, the victor of the 148th Open Championship, which begins at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland a week from Thursday, will receive $1.935 million from a total purse of $10.75 million. In 2018, the final-round for the Open Championship - featuring Tiger Woods and others chasing Francesco Molinari - averaged 6.48 million viewers on NBC.

Taking place on the Marquess' Course at Woburn, 1- 4th August 2019, the AIG Women's British Open now offers the second highest prize fund of the five Major Championships in the women's game, and comes in the first year of AIG's five-year partnership as title sponsor.

Following AIG's recent commitment to a five-year sponsorship through to 2023, excitement is building as the Championship enters a new era.

"We will continue to work toward the long-term goal of a sustainable business model but we can't do it alone and the support of fans, sponsors and media are all keys to achieving that success". The championship was taken over by the R&A after their merger with the LGU in January 2017.



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