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The R&A announced a record prize purse for the 2023 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

The organisers of golf’s oldest major boosted the total prize pot to $16.5million, an 18% increase on the $14m that was up for grabs at The 150th Open at St Andrews.

And the surprise winner Brian Harman is taking home a record top prize of $3m, a $500,000 increase on Cameron Smith’s takings as last year’s Champion Golfer of the Year on the Old Course.

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Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A, said: “Our aim is to ensure The Open remains at the pinnacle of world golf and we have almost doubled the prize fund since 2016.

“While we are seeing substantial increases in prize money across the men’s professional game, we are fulfilling our wider obligation to the sport by elevating the AIG Women’s Open, strengthening pathways in the elite amateur game and encouraging more people around the world to play golf.

“We believe that getting this balance right is vital to the long-term future of the sport.”

Despite the significant bump in prize money, The Open still remains the least lucrative major in men’s professional golf.

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The USGA raised the US Open prize money to $20m this year at the Los Angeles Country Club, while players competed for a share of $17.5million in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Meanwhile, The Masters increased its purse this year to $18.5million.

The ten leading professionals who didn’t make the cut earne $12,000, with the next 20 players earning $10,000 and the remainder of the field banking $8,500.

Here’s the full prize money payout from the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool.

The Open: Full prize money breakdown

1. Brian Harman – $3,000,000

T2. Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Tom Kim, Sepp Straka – $1,084,625

T6. Rory McIlroy, Emiliano Grillo – $551,250

T8. Cameron Young, Shubhankar Sharma – $403,350

T10. Tommy Fleetwood, Max Homa, Matthew Jordan – $308,400

T13. Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Detry – $241,633

T16. Laurie Canter, Xander Schauffele, Alex Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland – $192,575

T20. Tyrrell Haton, Sungjae Im, Antoine Rozner -m $163,067

T23. Adrian Meronk, Scottie Scheffler, Matthew Southgate, Louis Oosthuizen, Alex Noren, Stewart Cink, Byeong Hun An, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Nicolai Hojgaard – $121,490

T33. Adam Scott, Oliver Wilson, Patrick Cantlay, Richard Bland, Wyndham Clark, Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Romain Langasque – $84,113

T41. Marcel Siem, Victor Perez, Hurly Long, Jordan Smith, J.T. Poston, Alexander Bjork, Min Woo Lee, Matt Fitzpatrick – $58,725

T49. Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Abraham Ancer, Brendon Todd – $45,933

T52. Ryan Fox, Corey Conners, Michael Stewart – $43,433

T55. Andrew Putnam, Gary Woodland, Adrian Otaegui, Zach Johnson – $41,375

59. Brandon Robinson-Thompson – $40,500

T60. Scott Stallings, Bryson DeChambeau, Kurt Kitayama, Rikuya Hoshino – $39,900

T64. Padraig Harrington, Brooks Koepka, Richie Ramsay, Guido Migliozzi – $39,025

T68. Danny Willett, David Lingmerth, Sami Valimaki – $38,300

T71. Robert MacIntyre, Thomas Pieters, Joost Luiten – $37,550

T74. Christo Lamprecht*, Thriston Lawrence – $37,300

76. Zack Fischer – $37,175

* Christo Lamprecht is an amateur and therefore ineligible to accept prize money

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