AIG Women's Open Prize Money 2021

The increase to the AIG Women's Open prize money for 2021 at Carnoustie makes it the largest purse in women's golf

AIG Women's Open Prize Money 2021
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The increase to the AIG Women's Open prize money for 2021 at Carnoustie makes it the largest purse in women's golf

AIG Women's Open Prize Money 2021

The prize fund for this year's AIG Women's Open will increase by $1.3m to $5.8m to become the most lucrative event in women's golf.

Before this increase in prize money, the US Women's Open previously offered the largest overall pay-out with $5.5m - and it still offers the winner the most amount of money at $1m.

However, The R&A have announced, alongside title sponsors AIG, that $5.8m is now the prize money, with the winner taking home $870k respectively.

First established in 1976, the Women's Open didn't become a Major until 2001.

Carnoustie hosts the 2021 AIG Women's Open this week, which is the final major of the year and also the final LPGA Tour event before the Solheim Cup.

The AIG Women's Open's prize fund will then increase by a further $1m in 2022 to $6.8m, comfortably making it the largest purse out of the five women's Majors when the tournament heads to Muirfield next year.

This means that the prize fund will have more than doubled from the 2018 Women's Open, before AIG partnered with The R&A for the Major.

In AIG's first year as title sponsor in 2019, the AIG Women's Open prize fund increased to $4.5m, which stayed the same in 2020.

The prize money on offer at the three other women's Majors are $3.1m at the ANA Inspiration, and $4.5m at both the Women's PGA Championship and The Evian Championship.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We are absolutely committed to elevating the AIG Women’s Open and enhancing its status as one of golf’s premier championships.

"With our partners at AIG, we are taking action to make change happen and sending out a strong signal that more needs to be done by everyone involved to grow women’s golf.

"It needs greater investment and support from golf bodies, sponsors, the media and fans to help us grow the game’s commercial success and generate the income and revenues necessary to make prize fund growth viable and sustainable.

“We have set a new benchmark for prize money in women’s major championship golf this week and, thanks to AIG, will build on it still further next year.

"We hope this will inspire other events to follow our lead and help us to take a collective leap forward for the women’s game."

AIG Women's Open Prize Money 2021

1. $870,000 2. $572,750 3. $414,828 4. $320,356 5. $257,382 6. $210,146 7. $175,507 8. $153,467 9. $137,721 10. $125,124 11. $115,674 12. $107,802 13. $100,874 14. $94,578 15. $88,909 16. $83,871 17. $79,465 18. $75,685 19. $72,537 20. $70,015 21. $67,500 22. $64,978 23. $62,462 24. $59,940 25. $57,737 26. $55,534 27. $53,325 28. $51,122 29. $48,920 30. $47,030 31. $45,140 32. $43,250 33. $41,360 34. $39,470 35. $37,899 36. $36,322 37. $34,751 38. $33,174 39. $31,597 40. $30,339 41. $29,082 42. $27,824 43. $26,560 44. $25,302 45. $24,357 46. $23,412 47. $22,467 48. $21,522 49. $20,577 50. $19,632 51. $19,006 52. $18,374 53. $17,742 54. $17,116 55. $16,484 56. $15,852 57. $15,226 58. $14,594 59. $13,968 60. $13,336 61. $13,023 62. $12,704 63. $12,391 64. $12,078 65. $11,759 66. $11,446 67. $11,133 68. $10,814 69. $10,501 70. $10,189 71. $7,604 72. $7,428 73. $7,252 74. $7,076 75. $6,900 76. $6,725

Ryan has worked as a junior staff writer for Golf Monthly since 2021.