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2016 British Open payout: Henrik Stenson wins $1.5 million in prize money

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The 2016 Open Championship turned into a head-to-head matchup as Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson pulled away from the field on Friday and never looked back. The two continued a tight battle up until the 72nd hole, but Stenson holed a couple of clutch putts down the stretch to win the Claret Jug and take home the $1.5 million prize that goes with it.

The two players were tied as they stepped on the green at No. 14. That's when Stenson made his charge to victory. He holed a lengthy birdie putt to take the lead for good. He then cemented his lead on the next hole by rolling in a 51-foot birdie putt. The win is the first major championship victory for the 40-year-old Stenson. It is also the largest payout of his career. Stenson has make more than $50 million in on-course earnings between the PGA Tour and the European Tour. And while he's had an accomplished career, he's never won a tournament of this caliber that comes with one of the elite purses in golf.

The prize is the biggest of Stenson's career, but it's actually less than what Zach Johnson earned when he won the Open last year. Johnson's victory came with a $1.8 million prize. The overall purse was increased by £200,000 to £6.5 million, but because of the declining strength of the pound compared to the dollar, the overall purse has less value in USD. It's still a major prize, just less than it has been or compared to the other majors because of Brexit and some other circumstances.

Despite blowing away the rest of the field minus Stenson, Mickelson comes up short of his fifth major championship. Instead, he'll have to settle for yet another second-place finish in a major championship, the 11th of his career. This is the second time he's been runner-up at the Open Championship. He will still walk away with a lucrative prize for his efforts. A second-place finish comes with a purse just shy of $900,000. Mickelson played a great final round and under normal circumstances there is no question he walks away with the win. Stenson was just too good this week and slightly outlasted him.

The top four finishers will all take home at least $440,000. Ties ultimately altered the final payout significantly after that. Here is a look at the final payout of the 2016 Open Championship:

Place: Player - Purse
1: Henrik Stenson - $1,551,000
2: Phil Mickelson - $891,000
3: J.B. Holmes - $571,560
4: Steve Stricker - $444,840
T5: Rory McIlroy - $311,080
T5: Tyrrell Hatton - $311,080
T5: Sergio Garcia - $311,080
8: Andrew Johnston - $224,400
T9: Dustin Johnson - $178,640
T9: Soren Kjeldsen - $178,640
T9: Bill Haas - $178,640
T12: Matthew Southgate - $122,265
T12: Andy Sullivan - $122,265
T12: Emiliano Grillo - $122,265
T12: Gary Woodland - $122,265
T12: Zach Johnson - $122,265
T12: Patrick Reed - $122,265
T18: Miguel Jimenez - $91,575
T18: Charl Schwartzel - $91,575
T18: Keegan Bradley - $91,575
T18: Tony Finau - $91,575
T22: Lee Westwood - $69,176
T22: Jason Dufner - $69,176
T22: Justin Rose - $69,176
T22: David Howell - $69,176
T22: Jason Day - $69,176
T22: Thongchai Jaidee - $69,176
T22: Brandt Snedeker - $69,176
T22: Kevin Na - $69,176
T30: Jordan Spieth - $51,535
T30: Russell Knox - $51,535
T30: Darren Clarke - $51,535
T30: Ryan Palmer - $51,535
T30: Thomas Pieters - $51,535
T30: Haydn Porteous - $51,535
T36: Padraig Harrington - $42,900
T36: Francesco Molinari - $42,900
T36: Martin Kaymer - $42,900
T39: Bubba Watson - $37,125
T39: Matt Jones - $37,125
T39: Rafael Cabrera Bello - $37,125
T39: Webb Simpson - $37,125
T43: Adam Scott - $31,350
T43: Luke Donald - $31,350
T43: Jim Herman - $31,350
T46: Harris English - $25,250
T46: Richard Sterne - $25,250
T46: Rickie Fowler - $25,250
T46: Ryan Moore - $25,250
T46: Alexander Noren - $25,250
T46: Nicolas Colsaerts - $25,250
T46: Matt Kuchar - $25,250
T53: Danny Willett - $22,123
T53: Kevin Chappell - $22,123
T53: Kyung-tae Kim - $22,123
T53: Justin Thomas - $22,123
T53: Marc Leishman - $22,123
58: Ryan Evans - $21,384
T59: Daniel Summerhays - $21,054
T59: Jon Rahm - $21,054
T59: Jim Furyk - $21,054
T59: Byeong-Hun An - $21,054
T63: Mark O'Meara - $20,592
T63: Paul Lawrie - $20,592
T63: Graeme McDowell - $20,592
T66: Zander Lombard - $20,262
T66: Harold Varner, III - $20,262
T68: Marco Dawson - $19,866
T68: Patton Kizzire - $19,866
T68: James Hahn - $19,866
T68: Anirban Lahiri - $19,866
T72: Scott Hend - $19,338
T72: Yuta Ikeda - $19,338
T72: Branden Grace - $19,338
T72: Jamie Donaldson - $19,338
76: Kevin Kisner - $19,008
77: Charley Hoffman - $18,876
78: Colin Montgomerie - $18,744
T79: Kodai Ichihara - $18,546
T79: Soomin Lee - $18,546
81: Greg Chalmers - $18,348

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