British Open Prize Money 2015: Final Leaderboard, Total Purse and Payouts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2015

United States’ Zach Johnson, right, poses with the trophy as it is handed to him by R&A captain George Macgregor after he won a playoff after the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

The storylines coming into Monday were all about the possibility of Jordan Spieth winning his third straight major of the year. Or Jason Day winning his first ever. Or amateur Paul Dunne shocking the field and triumphing after going into the final round tied atop the leaderboard. Or Louis Oosthuizen winning his second British Open.

Zach Johnson wasn't interested in those storylines.

Instead, the golfer focused on winning his second major, beating Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff to win the 2015 British Open.

That earned him a pretty payout, as Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Zach Johnson wins Open Championship & $1.8M, bumps career earnings past $39 million.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

3 players in the Open playoff will split $3.46 million, winner gets $1.8 million alone.

Not too shabby.

Below, we'll take a look at the full leaderboard, purse and payouts for players at the British Open, along with a look back at a memorable Monday at St. Andrews.

Final Leaderboard


British Open Payouts
PlacePlayerScoreEarningsFedEx Points
1Zach Johnson-15$1,794,690600
T2Louis Oosthuizen-15$837,262270
T2Marc Leishman-15$837,262270
T4Jason Day-14$460,377135
T4Jordan Spieth-14$460,377135
T6Danny Willett-11$305,8780
T6Justin Rose-11$305,87898
T6Sergio Garcia-11$305,87898
T6Jordan Niebrugge-11$00
T10Brooks Koepka-10$216,14380
T10Adam Scott-10$216,14380
T12Brendon Todd-9$162,10764
T12Luke Donald-9$162,10764
T12Martin Kaymer-9$162,10764
T12Anthony Wall-9$162,1070
T12Ollie Schniederjans-9$00
T12Ashley Chesters-9$00
T18Hideki Matsuyama-8$129,14054
T18Robert Streb-8$129,14054
T20Branden Grace-7$95,9380
T20Russell Henley-7$95,93847
T20Greg Owen-7$95,93847
T20Phil Mickelson-7$95,93847
T20James Morrison-7$95,9380
T20Marcus Fraser-7$95,9380
T20Stewart Cink-7$95,93847
T20Patrick Reed-7$95,93847
T20Retief Goosen-7$95,93847
T20Padraig Harrington-7$95,93847
T30Billy Horschel-6$63,07537
T30Jimmy Walker-6$63,07537
T30Andy Sullivan-6$63,0750
T30Anirban Lahiri-6$63,0750
T30Matt Jones-6$63,07537
T30Jim Furyk-6$63,07537
T30Ryan Palmer-6$63,07537
T30Steven Bowditch-6$63,07537
T30Rickie Fowler-6$63,07537
T30Paul Dunne-6$00
T40Scott Arnold-5$43,4800
T40Francesco Molinari-5$43,48027
T40Henrik Stenson-5$43,48027
T40Rafael Cabrera Bello-5$43,4800
T40John Senden-5$43,48027
T40Geoff Ogilvy-5$43,48027
T40Webb Simpson-5$43,48027
T40Paul Lawrie-5$43,4800
T40Marc Warren-5$43,4800
T49Ryan Fox-4$29,2270
T49Jamie Donaldson-4$29,22718
T49David Howell-4$29,2270
T49Graeme McDowell-4$29,22718
T49Lee Westwood-4$29,22718
T49David Duval-4$29,22718
T49Hunter Mahan-4$29,22718
T49Dustin Johnson-4$29,22718
T49Eddie Pepperell-4$29,2270
T58Cameron Tringale-3$24,82410
T58Matt Kuchar-3$24,82410
T58Gary Woodland-3$24,82410
T58David Lipsky-3$24,8240
T58Kevin Na-3$24,82410
T58Jason Dufner-3$24,82410
T58Greg Chalmers-3$24,82410
T65Ernie Els-2$23,9555
T65Thongchai Jaidee-2$23,9550
T65Romain Langasque-2$00
T68Ross Fisher-1$23,3310
T68Bernd Wiesberger-1$23,3310
T68Richie Ramsay-1$23,3310
T68Harris English-1$23,3311
T68Graham DeLaet-1$23,3311
T68Charl Schwartzel-1$23,3311
T74Paul CaseyE$22,5511
T74Brett RumfordE$22,5510
T74David LingmerthE$22,5511
T74Ben MartinE$22,5511
T78Bernhard Langer+1$22,0821
T78Mark O'Meara+1$22,0821
80Thomas Aiken+2$21,8480
Total purse = $9.2 million. Source: ESPN



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You have to give Johnson a ton of credit. On a day when so many players were in the running ahead of him to start the day, he shot an impressive 66 that included a huge clutch putt on No. 18 to get him to 15 under for the tournament and into the playoff. From there, he watched as Leishman fell apart and Oosthuizen failed to convert a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have extended the playoff to sudden death.

So classy was Johnson in victory, however, that when his caddie went to high-five him after Oosthuizen's miss, he refused, clearly trying not to celebrate a missed shot. He eventually relented, however, hugging his caddie and quickly becoming emotional after the realization of his title sunk in. 

Of course, he almost failed to even reach the playoff. Facing a long birdie putt to get to 15 under, Johnson came up with this magnificent effort, as noted by The Open on Twitter:

The Open @TheOpen

Clutch putt! Zach Johnson birdies 18 to take the clubhouse lead at -15. http://t.co/GXoKkgS0bL #TheOpen https://t.co/5tmY9IwVjK

It's a win that could secure Johnson's place in history, according to sportswriter Joe Posnanski:

Joe Posnanski @JPosnanski

Well, Zach Johnson just punched his ticket for the Golf Hall of Fame.

For golf fans, however, it was a bit of a bittersweet afternoon, as Jordan Spieth fell short on his chance at chasing history and earning his third straight major win.

It was a fascinating finish for Spieth, who made an incredible birdie on No. 16, shockingly failed to save par as he did so many times before by missing an extremely makeable putt on No. 17 and missing a long birdie attempt on No. 18 by mere inches to miss the playoff. 

They say football is a game of inches. Spieth would argue that such a cliche is better suited to golf. 

To his credit, however, the young superstar was incredibly gracious in defeat and had nothing but praise for Johnson:

Jordan Spieth @JordanSpieth

Wow.. Almost. Nothing quite like @TheOpen at St Andrews. We fought hard. Very proud of a role model and friend of mine @ZachJohnsonPGA

Spieth can afford to be gracious. He's been the best player on the PGA Tour by miles this season. He's barely old enough to drink and potentially has years full of dominance ahead of him. He was a mere stroke away from a playoff that you have to think he would have found a way to win. The future is pretty darn bright. 

Which isn't to take away from Johnson's accomplishment. He was excellent on Monday and was a deserving champion, and his humility and emotion in victory was a breath of fresh air. 

But it's impossible to look at Johnson—or perhaps any other player not named Rory McIlroy who happens to win a tournament—as a mere placeholder for the title until Spieth inevitably earns it for himself. He came a few inches short of a shot to make it three in a row on Monday.

But don't get it twisted—the Spieth era is just beginning.

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