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Brian Harman is the 2023 Champion Golfer of the Year.
Harman cruised to a dominant six-shot victory over Tom Kim, Sepp Straka, Jason Day and Jon Rahm on a rain-soaked Sunday at Royal Liverpool.
The American was completely unflustered by horrendous weather conditions and his victory never looked in doubt after he recovered from two early bogeys to post a final-round 70 at Hoylake.
Here are 10 things with which Harman will be rewarded for winning the 151st Open…
1. The Claret Jug
In reality, this is all that matters. Having your name engraved onto the Claret Jug is surely the reason these golfers work so tirelessly to chase their dreams and now Harman’s will be placed alongside the pantheon of great Open champions.
The original Claret Jug is locked away in the R&A’s St Andrews clubhouse, but Harman will get his hands on a replica trophy that he will take home for a year, before receiving another replica to keep forever.
“I’m going to have a couple of pints out of this,” Harman joked during the trophy ceremony on the 18th green.
2. The Gold Medal
The Gold Medal has been awarded to the Open champion since 1872 when it replaced the original Challenge Belt.
It was used when the Claret Jug was still being prepared and has been awarded alongside the Silver Chalice ever since.
3. A huge payday
Silverware creates legacies, but Harman won’t turn his nose up at a $3,000,000 winner’s cheque.
The R&A announced a $500,000 increase in the champion’s prize money as part of an 18% bump in the total purse. This is, of course, by quite some distance Harman’s biggest career payday.
4. A new title
It was inconceivable at the start of the week that it would be Harman on the 18th green being announced as the Champion Golfer of the Year. But after he stole a dominant lead at the halfway stage, his charge towards the Open title never looked in doubt.
5. A Ryder Cup debut
Harman secured 6,000 Ryder Cup points for his Open triumph.
From nowhere, he is almost certainly set to tee it up in the biennial clash with Europe in Rome at the end of September.
As well as all this, Harman can also look forward to…
6. Exemption into The Open until 2047.
7. A five-year exemption into all major championships.
8. A five-year exemption into The Players Championship.
9. 100 Official World Golf Ranking Points which will take him into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
10. 600 FedEx Cup points.
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