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2015 British Open payout: Zach Johnson wins $1.8 million in prize money

Winning the Claret Jug included a very nice payday.

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It was an exciting final round at the 2015 British Open on Monday with a host of players making runs at the top of the leaderboard. Several led throughout the day and for nearly all of the round, multiple players were within a stroke of the lead. In the end Zach Johnson prevailed at St. Andrews to win the Claret Jug and $1.8 million in first-place prize money from one of the most lucrative purses in golf.

Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen and Johnson battled for the title in a three-man playoff. Johnson ultimately prevailed to hoist the Claret Jug. The victory is the most lucrative in his career. Losing in a playoff is a brutal reminder of how close you came to winning a major championship, but the runners up will walk away with nice consolation prizes. Each player will receive more than $835,000. The win gives Johnson more than $37 million in career winnings.

The Open Championship purse increased to $10 million in 2015, up from $9.19 million last season. The move was in response to other major championships previously moving to a $10 million purse. The PGA Championship and Players Championship both increased to $10 million purses with $1.8 million going to the winner last year. The Masters and U.S. Open followed suit this year and now the British Open joined them. The result is a nice boost for the winner. Rory McIlory took home $1.66 million for his British Open win last season.

The purse wasn't lucrative for just the winner. Ties factored heavily into the final payouts, but nine players made at least $305,000 A solo second-place finish would have been worth more than $1 million while 29 players walked away with at least $95,000. For some, the payout will be one of the biggest of their careers. For others, it's another nice deposit in a lucrative career. Jordan Spieth entered the tournament leading the money list on the PGA Tour with $8.7 million in on-course earnings this year. He came up short of winning a third straight major, but still collected a nice $460,000 payday, finishing tied for fourth and moving his season earnings to more than $9 million. No player has topped the $10 million mark since Tiger Woods in 2009.

A total of 80 players made the cut at St. Andrews, but only 75 are eligible for a piece of the prize money. Five amateurs made the cut and are not eligible to receive a payout. Heading into Monday, it looked like Paul Dunne might have to turn down a significant amount of money. He was tied for the 54-hole lead. He faltered some on Monday, but was still one of four amateurs to finish in the top 30. Their would-be winnings will instead be divided among the rest of the field, giving the other 75 competitors a slightly larger payday.

Here is the complete look at the 2015 British Open payout:

Place Player Payout
1 Zach Johnson $1,794,690
T2 Louis Oosthuizen $837,262
T2 Marc Leishman $837,262
T4 Jason Day $460,377
T4 Jordan Spieth $460,377
T6 Danny Willett $305,878
T6 Justin Rose $305,878
T6 Sergio Garcia $305,878
T6 Jordan Niebrugge N/A (Amateur)
T10 Brooks Koepka $216,143
T10 Adam Scott $216,143
T12 Brendon Todd $162,107
T12 Luke Donald $162,107
T12 Martin Kaymer $162,107
T12 Anthony Wall $162,107
T12 Ollie Schniederjans N/A (Amateur)
T12 Ashley Chesters N/A (Amateur)
T18 Hideki Matsuyama $129,140
T18 Robert Streb $129,140
T20 Branden Grace $95,938
T20 Russell Henley $95,938
T20 Greg Owen $95,938
T20 Phil Mickelson $95,938
T20 James Morrison $95,938
T20 Marcus Fraser $95,938
T20 Stewart Cink $95,938
T20 Patrick Reed $95,938
T20 Retief Goosen $95,938
T20 Padraig Harrington $95,938
T30 Billy Horschel $63,075
T30 Jimmy Walker $63,075
T30 Andy Sullivan $63,075
T30 Anirban Lahiri $63,075
T30 Matt Jones $63,075
T30 Jim Furyk $63,075
T30 Ryan Palmer $63,075
T30 Steven Bowditch $63,075
T30 Rickie Fowler $63,075
T30 Paul Dunne N/A (Amateur)
T40 Scott Arnold $43,480
T40 Francesco Molinari $43,480
T40 Henrik Stenson $43,480
T40 Rafael Cabrera Bello $43,480
T40 John Senden $43,480
T40 Geoff Ogilvy $43,480
T40 Webb Simpson $43,480
T40 Paul Lawrie $43,480
T40 Marc Warren $43,480
T49 Ryan Fox $29,227
T49 Jamie Donaldson $29,227
T49 David Howell $29,227
T49 Graeme McDowell $29,227
T49 Lee Westwood $29,227
T49 David Duval $29,227
T49 Hunter Mahan $29,227
T49 Dustin Johnson $29,227
T49 Eddie Pepperell $29,227
T58 Cameron Tringale $24,824
T58 Matt Kuchar $24,824
T58 Gary Woodland $24,824
T58 David Lipsky $24,824
T58 Kevin Na $24,824
T58 Jason Dufner $24,824
T58 Greg Chalmers $24,824
T65 Ernie Els $23,955
T65 Thongchai Jaidee $23,955
T65 Romain Langasque N/A (Amateur)
T68 Ross Fisher $23,331
T68 Bernd Wiesberger $23,331
T68 Richie Ramsay $23,331
T68 Harris English $23,331
T68 Graham DeLaet $23,331
T68 Charl Schwartzel $23,331
T74 Paul Casey $22,551
T74 Brett Rumford $22,551
T74 David Lingmerth $22,551
T74 Ben Martin $22,551
T78 Bernhard Langer $22,082
T78 Mark O'Meara $22,082
80 Thomas Aiken $21,848


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