Golf’s final major of the season is upon us, and with it comes the last chance for players to etch their names in the history books. While their eyes are set on the idea of ​​joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros as former golf champions of the year on the Old Course in St. Andrews, there are more than history at stake at The Open Championship 2022.

The 150th Open marks a milestone in the rich history of the championship, but it will also give way to its biggest purse and winner’s share. $14 million will be doled out on the course, with the 2022 champion golfer of the year earning $2.5 million with the Claret Jug.

“There have been significant changes in prize money over the past year,” said R&A Managing Director Martin Slumbers. “So we increased the prize pool by 22%, which means the prize pool has increased by more than 60% since 2016.”

Despite the increase in the purse, the Open is the fifth highest payday of the season, as it is behind the other three majors (PGA Championship, Masters and US Open) as well as the Players Championship. The $14 million purse will be paid out to the top 70 professionals (plus ties) who make the cut. Fans traveling to the weekend may not accept cash prizes.

Cameron Smith (-13) is atop the standings after 36 holes with a two-stroke advantage on the course. 18-hole leader Cameron Young hangs directly behind him, while Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland are three strokes behind after each posting low scores in the first two rounds at St. Andrews. McIlroy will seek his first major championship since 2014, starting on Saturday at Moving Day.

Let’s see how the 150th Open payouts will be split among those competing this weekend at St. Andrews.

2022 Open Championship Scholarship, Prize Money

Total purse: $14 million

1st (Winner): $2,500,000
2nd: $1,455,000
3rd: $933,000
4th: $725,000
5th: $583,000
6th: $505,000
7th: $434,000
8th: $366,000
9th: $321,000
10th: $290,000
11th: $264,000
12th: $234,000
13: $220,000
14th: $206,000
15th: $191,500
16: $176,000
17: $167,500
18: $159,750
19: $153,000
20: $145,750
21: $139,000
22: $132,000
23: $125,000
24: $118,000
25: $114,000
26: $109,000
27: $105,000
28: $101,500
29: $97,000
30: $92,000
31: $89,000
32nd: $84,500
33rd: $81,500
34th: $79,250
35th: $76,500
36th: $73,500
37: $70,000
38th: $66,500
39th: $64,000
40th: $62,000
41st: $59,500
42nd: $56,500
43rd: $54,000
44th: $51,000
45th: $48,000
46th: $45,500
47th: $43,700
48th: $42,000
49th: $40,000
50th: $39,100
51st: $38,200
52nd: $37,600
53rd: $37,000
54th: $36,500
55th: $35,900
56th: $35,400
57th: $35,000
58th: $34,750
59th: $34,500
60th: $34,250
61st: $34,000
62nd: $33,900
63rd: $33,750
64th: $33,600
65th: $33,400
66th: $33,100
67th: $32,900
68th: $32,600
69th: $32,400
70th: $32,200

If more than 70 professional golfers qualify for the final two rounds, additional prizes will be added. Prize money will decrease by $125 per qualifying spot above 70 to a minimum of $30,950.

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