LONDON, United Kingdom — Prize money for the women’s British Open will rise by 40 percent to a total prize pot of $4.5 million, organizing The R&A announced on Monday.
This is an important first step and we know it will take time to move closer to achieving parity with the men’s game
The winner of this year’s tournament at Woburn on 1 to 4 August 1-4 will pocket $675,000, up from the $490,000 Georgia Hall earned from winning last year’s tournament.
“We recognized that more needed to be done to elevate the prize fund for this great championship and are pleased that we have been able to make a significant increase this year as part of The R&A’s commitment to women’s golf,” said the chief executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers, in a statement.
The move comes as FIFA faced criticism for the huge disparity in prize money on offer between the men’s and women’s World Cups.
A total prize pot of $10.75 million is on offer at the men’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush later this month with the winner claiming $1.89 million.
“This is an important first step and we know it will take time to move closer to achieving parity with the men’s game,” added Slumbers.