British Open Prize Money 2018: Total Purse Info for Carnoustie Championship

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2018

US golfer Jordan Spieth studies names on the Claret Jug, the trophy for the Champion golfer of the year after winning the 2017 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale golf course near Southport in north west England on July 23, 2017.
Jordan Spieth won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday by three shots. It is Spieth's third major title after he won the Masters and US Open in 2015. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BUCHANAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The chase for the Claret Jug began on Thursday at Carnoustie, as the British Open got under way on Scotland's east coast.

After his win at Royal Birkdale a year ago, Jordan Spieth will be seeking to defend the title at one of the most difficult courses in the sport. And a high-class field will be seeking to wrest the coveted prize from him.

Names such as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are all expected to be in the frame—as are 2018's other major winners in Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka. McIlroy aside, a British winner may come in the form of Tommy Fleetwood or Justin Rose.

With so many quality players set to descend on Carnoustie, some spectacular golf is on the cards.


Prize-Money Details

As reported by the Daily Telegraph, the winner will take home £1,426,000. Details for the top 10 are as follows:

1st: £1,426,000

2nd: £824,000

3rd: £528,000

4th: £411,000

5th: £330,500

6th: £287,000

7th: £246,000

8th: £207,500

9th: £182,000

10th: £165,000


Open Field at Carnoustie

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Jordan Spieth of the United States considers his options with Rules Officials on the 13th hole during the final round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 23, 2017 in Southport, England.  (Photo by Stuart
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In the previous two Opens, spectators on the final day have been treated to remarkable battles, enhancing this competition's reputation as the best golfing event on the planet.

In 2016, Phil Mickelson pushed eventual champion Henrik Stenson all the way in a gripping tussle at Royal Troon, and Spieth overcame Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale in another thriller a year ago.

The iconic moment in 2017 saw Spieth somehow make bogey at the 13th to keep his round from capitulation; his tee shot was well wide to the right, and he produced an incredible recovery shot from which he rediscovered his momentum.

As journalist Simon Evans noted, the American showcased remarkable resolve to turn things around:

Simon Evans @sgevans

Seeing Kuchar on top of board after 13th seemed to click a switch for Spieth - went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie in next four holes.

Since that triumph, the 24-year-old has yet to win another tournament, although he will be hopeful the links format can again draw the best from him. He will certainly need to improve given the standard of his rivals.

World No. 1 Johnson is among a clutch of players with the quality to challenge for the Claret Jug, and he will want to show he can cope with the conditions at Carnoustie after finishing a disappointing T54 last year.

Johnson is the world No. 1 heading into the Open.
Johnson is the world No. 1 heading into the Open.Rob Carr/Getty Images

He's been performing well as of late, with a win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic followed by a third-placed finish at the U.S. Open. Koepka, who won the latter, will be seeking to build on finishes of sixth and 10th in his past two Open appearances.

Meanwhile, golf journalist Jason Sobel believes Jon Rahm, who has yet to win a major title, may be a player to keep an eye on after his excellent finish at the Irish Open:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Jon Rahm birdies five of his last six to shoot 66. Will come up short at the Irish Open, but he’ll be a verrry interesting player to watch at Carnoustie.

Having finished as a joint-runner-up at the Open in 2014—he's also been runner-up at the Masters and joint-runner-up at the U.S. Open—Fowler is also searching for his first major. And as we can, see courtesy of the competition's Twitter account, his preparation for Carnoustie started early:

The Open @TheOpen

.@RickieFowler has been getting in some early practice in @carnoustiegolf .... sort of 😂#TheOpen https://t.co/xsofC6l1Nd

If the British fans are going to get a home winner, Fleetwood has as good a chance as any, especially after his performance at the U.S. Open.

He produced at stunning final round to run Koepka close at Shinnecock Hills, showcasing his versatility. While some will shrink amid the test posed by Carnoustie, expect the 27-year-old to rise to the challenge.

Another is Rose, who has yet to better his performance from 20 years ago in this event. The Englishman memorably finished tied for fourth at Royal Birkdale as a 17-year-old; after a strong 2018, this year's Open may be the one wherein he puts forward a serious challenge again.