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British Open purse 2014: Winning share is $1.66 million of total $9.19 million payout

Keeping with the trend at all the other majors this year, the Open Championship has increased its prize money by more than $1 million.

Matthew Lewis

UPDATE: Rory McIlroy won by two strokes to take the top prize.

Following the lead of the Masters and U.S. Open, the R&A has also significantly increased their purse for the 2014 British Open. The total purse is £5.4, or $9.19 million, and the winner's check will be £975,000 ($1.66 million).

The increase in prize money at the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open, is largely in response to the move made last year by the PGA of America and PGA Tour. In November, Ted Bishop and Tim Finchem held a joint press conference stating that they would bump the purse at their marquee events up to $10 million. That's a 20 percent increase over the 2013 PGA Championship purse and it was a $500k bump at the The Players, which always boasts the richest purse in golf.

That upset the 2013 balance, when all four majors paid out the exact same purse. So not to be slighted, the boys at Augusta bumped their purse over $9 million and wrote a $1.62M check to Bubba Watson. The USGA did the same at Pinehurst. Now, the R&A, perhaps thanks to the generous conversion rate, will hand out slightly more than those first two majors to the winner on Sunday.

As the final groups hit the back nine, two superstars -- already extremely wealthy -- are the prime contenders to take home the winner's check. Rory McIlroy started the day with a six shot lead. That's dwindled a bit, thanks to Sergio Garcia, but he's still on the back nine with a multi-shot cushion and honing in on the third leg of a career grand slam. McIlroy makes a ton of cash off the course, mostly from his Nike deal. But at just 25-years old, he also has $29,730,258 in career earnings on the course. This would obviously be a huge payday for the Ulsterman, but it's secondary to the history and career goals of winning a Claret Jug.

The same can be said for Sergio, who is 34-years-old and has won $48,013,477 in a decorated but major-less career. Garcia has been close so many times at the majors, including the Open, but still holds the title of "best player to never win a major." Even though it seems like he's been around forever -- and we've seen so many close calls -- he's still the same age that Phil Mickelson was when he won his first of five major titles. So there will be plenty of opportunities for the Spaniard to keep going for that first major. But with just a two-shot deficit, and putting brilliantly, he's ready to try and pounce now. Just like McIlroy, the winner's check is secondary for Sergio at the major championships.

UPDATE: Here are the payout totals for the field that made the cut:

Place Player Score Payout
1 Rory McIlroy -17 $1,665,788
T2 Sergio Garcia -15 $785,910
T2 Rickie Fowler -15 $785,910
4 Jim Furyk -13 $478,380
T5 Marc Leishman -12 $359,639
T5 Adam Scott -12 $359,639
T7 Charl Schwartzel -11 $263,536
T7 Edoardo Molinari -11 $263,536
T9 Shane Lowry -10 $192,492
T9 Graeme McDowell -10 $192,492
T9 Victor Dubuisson -10 $192,492
T12 Ryan Moore -9 $144,654
T12 Robert Karlsson -9 $144,654
T12 Dustin Johnson -9 $144,654
T15 Francesco Molinari -8 $117,318
T15 Stephen Gallacher -8 $117,318
T15 David Howell -8 $117,318
18 George Coetzee -7 $105,073
T19 Angel Cabrera -6 $93,968
T19 Chris Kirk -6 $93,968
T19 Keegan Bradley -6 $93,968
T19 Matteo Manassero -6 $93,968
T23 Chris Wood -5 $78,876
T23 Phil Mickelson -5 $78,876
T23 Justin Rose -5 $78,876
T26 Thomas Bjorn -4 $65,350
T26 Ben Martin -4 $65,350
T26 Brian Harman -4 $65,350
T26 Byeong-Hun An -4 $65,350
T26 Jimmy Walker -4 $65,350
T26 Darren Clarke -4 $65,350
T32 D.A. Points -3 $52,964
T32 Hunter Mahan -3 $52,964
T32 David Hearn -3 $52,964
T32 Kristoffer Broberg -3 $52,964
T36 Louis Oosthuizen -2 $46,271
T36 Jordan Spieth -2 $46,271
T36 Branden Grace -2 $46,271
T39 Brendon Todd -1 $36,253
T39 Koumei Oda -1 $36,253
T39 Henrik Stenson -1 $36,253
T39 Hideki Matsuyama -1 $36,253
T39 Gary Woodland -1 $36,253
T39 Thongchai Jaidee -1 $36,253
T39 Kevin Stadler -1 $36,253
T39 Marc Warren -1 $36,253
T47 Stewart Cink E $27,358
T47 Gregory Bourdy E $27,358
T47 Paul Casey E $27,358
T47 Zach Johnson E $27,358
T51 Tom Watson 1 $25,030
T51 Jason Dufner 1 $25,030
T51 Bill Haas 1 $25,030
T54 Matt Kuchar 2 $23,791
T54 Matt Jones 2 $23,791
T54 Kevin Na 2 $23,791
T54 Kevin Streelman 2 $23,791
T58 Jamie McLeary 3 $22,808
T58 Ryan Palmer 3 $22,808
T58 John Senden 3 $22,808
T58 Jason Day 3 $22,808
T58 Chris Rodgers 3 $22,808
T58 Brandt Snedeker 3 $22,808
T64 Billy Hurley III 4 $22,040
T64 Thorbjorn Olesen 4 $22,040
T64 Luke Donald 4 $22,040
T67 Charley Hoffman 5 $21,613
T67 Brooks Koepka 5 $21,613
69 Tiger Woods 6 $21,356
70 Martin Kaymer 8 $21,185
71 Matt Every 9 $21,015
72 Rhein Gibson 10 $20,844