Update: Phil Mickelson won the first British Open of his career, taking home the winner's check. Here is a look at how the top 10 paid out.
It's crowded at the top of the British Open leaderboard, and in addition to battling for the Claret Jug, the players near the lead are also jostling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The winner of the Open Championship will be rewarded handsomely with a $1.4 million first-place prize.
The major championship victory is what players are playing for, but prize money is a nice bonus. Those near the lead are all established veterans with successful careers on Tour, but the first-place prize will still be among the largest they've ever received. The total purse for the 2013 Open Championship is $8 million, up nearly $400,000 from last year. The winning share increased by $68,274 over what Ernie Els won last year.
While the winner will collect a massive check, each of the top seven finishers will walk away with a check worth more than a quarter of a million dollars. The top 16 finishers will receive at least $100,000. Whoever finishes second will come up just short of claiming the year's third major title, but he will still walk away with a check for $826,874. The exact payouts will change depending on ties, but here is a look at the prize money for the top 10 finishers, via Kyle Porter of CBS Sports.
1st: $1.4 million
Even players who struggle to tame Muirfield's difficult challenges will be rewarded for their effort. The top 30 finishers will receive at least $50,000 with the 50th-place finisher taking home $22,378. Porter has a breakdown of the payout for each of the top 50 finishers.