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The Open Championship 2024: Records and Statistics

Xander Schauffele wins The Open Championship 2024 and receives a total of 3.1 million US-Dollars from the record prize pot. However, the record prize money is just one of many impressive and surprising statistics.

Schauffele wins the double and completes major sweep for the US

The newly crowned Champion Golfer of the Year, Xander Schauffele, is the first player since Brooks Koepka (2018) to win two majors in one calendar year. He is also the first golfer since Rory McIlroy (2014) to win the PGA Championship and The Open in one calendar year. The parallel: both triumphed at the PGA Championship in Valhalla. Schauffeles’ victory also continues an impressive run at the Open Championship. Since 2013, there have only been first-time winners of the Claret Jug at the Open Championship. This is the longest streak in the history of the tournament, together with the period from 1994 to 2004. Ernie Els in 2012 was the last “non-debut winner”. The proud golfing nation USA has produced all four reigning major winners for the first time since 1982. Incidentally, the British Open at that time was also played at Royal Troon GC and was won by legendary Tom Watson.

The Open Championship 2024: Historic course statistics

The entire field of participants had a combined score of 1,344 strokes over par over the four rounds. It is also worth noting that the front nine was more difficult to play than the back nine throughout the tournament. Truly historic, as this has never happened before at an Open at Royal Troon. The average score for the week of the tournament was 73.851. The 11th hole, the par 4 called “Railway”, was the most challenging hole of the tournament with an average score of 4.426 strokes. The 16th hole, a par 5, was the easiest to play with a stroke average of 4.830.

Schefflers “What if” and driver comes up too short on a Par 3!

The total of all strokes is the deciding factor for Xander Schauffele: The US-American does not lead any of the Strokes Gained rankings at the end of the tournament, except the one for total scoring. Meanwhile, Scottie Scheffler will be asking himself once again: “What if?” Scheffler finishes tied seventh at the 2024 British Open, despite being ranked 131st in strokes-gained putting for the week. The weather conditions also caused chaos, especially on Saturday. In the group around Shane Lowry and Daniel Brown, neither of them reached the green on the 17th hole (par 3) due to the strong wind – mind you with the driver on a par 3!!! A total of 13 players made the cut at all four majors in 2024. Of those 13 golfers, Xander Schauffele did the best. With a total score of 32 strokes under par, he distanced second-placed Scottie Scheffler by 15 strokes. Third place on the fictitious major podium went to Collin Morikawa (-15). Here is the list of all players:

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The Open Championship 2024: Prize Money Payout Breakdown

The Open Championship 2024 was the fourth and final major of the year for the stars of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour this week. In Royal Troon, Xander Schauffele won the largest share of the record prize money totalling 15.6 million euros (17 million US dollars). The British Open prize money and its distribution at a glance.

The Open Championship 2024: The Record Prize Money at Royal Troon

This week, golf’s elite gathered at Royal Troon for The Open Championship 2024. At the last major of the year, the participants not only competed for the coveted Claret Jug and the title of ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’, but also for record prize money. Compared to last year, the amount has been increased by around 460,000 euros (500,000 USD), as announced by the R&A. CEO Martin Slumbers justified the decision, despite critical scrutiny, with the key role of The Open: “The R&A has a responsibility to strike a balance between maintaining The Open’s position in the global game, providing the funds required for governance and developing amateur and recreational golf in 146 countries internationally […]. “We remain concerned about the impact substantial increases in men’s professional prize money are having on the perception of the sport and its long-term financial sustainability. We are determined to act with the interests of the global game in mind as we pursue our goal of ensuring golf continues to thrive in 50 years’ time.” Of the 15.6 million euros (17 million USD), the winner will receive an impressive 2.84 million euros (3.1 million USD) in prize money. Incidentally, the prize money at The Open Championship 2024 is not paid out to amateurs; if more than 70 professional golfers make the cut, the prize money is also increased slightly. As usual, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Brian Harman are among the favorites to win the Major. At Royal Troon, all eyes will be on McIlroy in particular after the Northern Irishman failed so dramatically at the 2024 US Open.

Prize Money Payout Breakdown at The Open Championship 2024

Position Name Prize Money
1 Xander Schauffele $3,100,000
T2 Justin Rose $1,443,500
T2 Billy Horschel $1,443,500
4 Thriston Lawrence $876,000
5 Russell Henley $705,000
6 Shane Lowry $611,000
T7 Jon Rahm $451,834
T7 Sungjae Im $451,834
T7 Scottie Scheffler $451,834
T10 Adam Scott $317,534
T10 Matthew Jordan $317,534
T10 Daniel Brown $317,534
T13 Jason Day $248,667
T13 Alex Noren $248,667
T13 Byeong Hun An $248,667
T16 Mackenzie Hughes $202,700
T16 John Catlin $202,700
T16 Collin Morikawa $202,700
T19 Dean Burmester $176,367
T19 Shubhankar Sharma $176,367
T19 Daniel Hillier $176,367
T22 Ewen Ferguson $151,067
T22 Sepp Straka $151,067
T22 Padraig Harrington $151,067
T25 Ryan Fox $124,617
T25 Corey Conners $124,617
T25 Jordan Spieth $124,617
T25 Joe Dean $124,617
T25 Patrick Cantlay $124,617
T25 Laurie Canter $124,617
T31 Guido Migliozzi $90,220
T31 Cameron Young $90,220
T31 Eric Cole $90,220
T31 Brendon Todd $90,220
T31 Matteo Manassero $90,220
T31 Minkyu Kim $90,220
T31 Chris Kirk $90,220
T31 Dustin Johnson $90,220
T31 Justin Thomas $90,220
T31 Sam Burns $90,220
T41 Kurt Kitayama $70,050
T41 Matt Wallace $70,050
T43 Jorge Campillo $57,200
T43 Thorbjorn Olesen $57,200
T43 Brooks Koepka $57,200
T43 Max Homa $57,200
T43 Si Woo Kim $57,200
T43 Emiliano Grillo $57,200
T43 Calum Scott (a) $0
T50 Matt Fitzpatrick $45,238
T50 Matthieu Pavon $45,238
T50 Richard Mansell $45,238
T50 Robert MacIntyre $45,238
T50 Harris English $45,238
T50 Adrian Meronk $45,238
T50 Gary Woodland $45,238
T50 Sean Crocker $45,238
T58 Abraham Ancer $42,150
T58 Joaquín Niemann $42,150
T60 Tommy Morrison (a) $0
T60 Jeunghun Wang $32,100
T60 Rasmus Hojgaard $32,100
T60 Jacob Skov Olesen (a) $0
T60 Phil Mickelson $32,100
T60 Brian Harman $32,100
T66 Hideki Matsuyama $40,280
T66 Tom McKibbin $40,280
T66 Nicolai Hojgaard $40,280
T66 Davis Thompson $40,280
T66 Austin Eckroat $40,280
71 Rickie Fowler $39,400
T72 Young-han Song $38,925
T72 Marcel Siem $38,925
T72 Tom Hoge $38,925
T75 Darren Clarke $38,525
T75 Aaron Rai $38,525
T75 Alex Cejka $38,525
78 Luis Masaveu (a) $0
79 Andy Ogletree $38,275
80 Darren Fichardt $38,150

WITB: Xander Schauffele Winning Bag for The Open 2024

Xander Schauffele wins his second major title of the year at The Open Championship 2024. Before Royal Troon he did make minor changes in his equipment, compared to the US Open 2024 and the PGA Championship 2024. With the newest clubs from Callaway and his trusted Odyssey putter in his golf bag he captures the links golf major title.

US Open Golf 2024: Xander Schauffele WITB

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (10.5°)

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Wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (15°)

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP-20 HMB (3)

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Irons: Callaway Apex TCB 24′ (4-PW)

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Wedges: Callaway Opus (52°), Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (56°, 60°)

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Las Vegas 7CH Prototype

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Golf ball: Callaway Chrome Tour

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The Open Championship 2024: “One Step Closer” To Career Grand Slam

The new winner of The Open Championship 2024 is Xander Schauffele. Following his victory at the PGA Championship this year, the US American celebrates his second major win in a year. The last time Brooks Koepka achieved this was in 2018, and a double major victory including an Open triumph was ten years ago. Back then, Rory McIlroy also won the PGA Championship and the British Open in the same calendar year. There is also another major milestone: Schauffele’s triumph in Troon marks the first time since 1982 that there have been four US Major winners in one year. In the press conference afterwards, the 30-year-old answered questions from reporters and spoke about the significance of the victory.

The Open Championship 2024: “A Dream Come True To Win Two Majors In One Year”

MIKE WOODCOCK: I’m delighted to welcome the 2024 Champion Golfer of the Year Xander Schauffele to the interview room. Xander, congratulations. Tremendous performance. Can you sum up what this means to you and how it feels to hold the Claret Jug aloft?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It’s an honour. I’ve always dreamt of doing it. That walk up 18 truly is the coolest with the yellow leaderboards and the fans and the standing ovation. It really is one of the coolest feelings I’ve ever had in my life. I got chills walking down and quickly had to zap myself back into focus because the tournament wasn’t over yet. I can’t wait to enjoy this with my family.

Q. They say winning the first major is very hard but winning the second is harder. It didn’t seem that way for you? Is this the start of millions?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It was hard. It was very difficult. I think winning the first one helped me a lot today on the back nine. I had some feeling of calmness come through. It was very helpful on what has been one of the hardest back nines I’ve ever played in a tournament.

I mean, it’s a dream come true to win two majors in one year. It took me forever just to win one, and to have two now is something else.

Q. You mentioned your family. They weren’t really there in Valhalla quite as much in full force. I guess how did it feel to embrace it with them?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, in the end it makes it feel like it’s all worth it. My wife’s here, both my parents, my brother, and my uncle. My day ones, as I would say. They’re all here to — they haven’t enjoyed it with me yet, but tonight will be awesome.

Q. Where does that final round rank among the best rounds that you’ve ever played?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: At the very tip top. Best round I’ve played.

Q. Xander, was there a moment, looking at leaderboards, where you started to dream a little, or was it not till 18?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, after I birdied 14, I was able to hit the fairway, and there’s a big board right there on 15 by the green. I was sitting there kind of peeking at it.

I was like, if I can birdie my second par-5 of the week on 16, that would be special. Then as soon as I hit the green on 17, I had to really try and focus really hard to not let my mind wander too much.

Q. What was more fun, making a six-footer for birdie and having everyone lose their mind on the 18th or having that walk that you described? What’s the difference in the feelings you had?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It’s very different. Different times of stress. If there’s a stress metre, I definitely peaked at different moments on the 18th hole today. The fact that it was a little bit of help and I could hit a 3-iron, 8-iron in versus driver, 4-iron, lob wedge or sand wedge or whatever it was.

There’s calmness and super stressful moments when you’re trying to win a major championship. I felt them in the past, the ones I didn’t win, and I let them get to me. Today I felt like I did a pretty good job of weathering the storm when I needed to.

Q. You made a strong point about being here for the last couple of weeks in Scotland. How important is that to you in terms of preparation for this week? We’ve had four seasons in one day at some point. Is that key to be here as early as possible to try and prepare for this?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I think so. I think it’s essential. Just the time zone itself is a big thing to overcome. Then when you move along to the fescue and the deep bunkers and the finer sand, and then you talk about the wind, and then the greens being slower, literally everything is completely different than what we do over in the States.

If you can just give yourself an extra week to try and acclimate, I think it’s a no-brainer.

Q. Just to follow up on that question, there’s a perceived wisdom that you win a major championship in America, but to win one here, an Open Championship on links, makes you a complete golfer. Do you feel now that’s true you’re a complete golfer, and what does it mean to win it in the Home of Golf?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m definitely going to believe that’s true because here we are.

Yeah, it’s a completely different — like we just talked about, it’s a completely different style of golf. It makes you play shots and have different ball positions. There’s so much risk/reward when the wind’s blowing 20 miles an hour and it starts raining. There’s so many different variables that come into play. It truly is an honour to win this.

To me it’s big. To me winning the Scottish Open was big because it meant my game could travel. So to double that up and win a major in Scotland is even cooler.

Q. Just related to that, your California mellowness, do people mistake that maybe there’s more fire inside than we can see?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I like — I mean, everyone in my family knows how competitive I am. I may not be the guy running around fist pumping, but that’s just who I am. I kind of know how I need to be to perform at a high level.

The same way I don’t get really angry, I also don’t let myself get too over the moon because to me it’s the same thing. If I’m sitting there snapping a club, that would be the same as me running around fist pumping. It would take too long for me to adjust before my next shot to hit a good one. I’ve kind of embraced this sort of SoCal, laid-back kid, but there’s obviously a fire burning deep within, or you wouldn’t have a couple majors sitting by your side.

Q. You mentioned the fire in the belly and the ambition that you have. Before this season had you ever thought about completing the Career Grand Slam? If not, are you going to start thinking about it going forward?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I mean, before I had any majors, it’s something I’ve always wanted. I’m one step closer and still have a long way to go. But if you don’t see yourself doing it, you’re never going to do it.

Q. Players that have won two majors in a season recently, like in the last decade, like Rory and Jordan and Brooks, they’re largely regarded as the best players of this generation. Would you say now that you’ve sort of cemented yourself as one of the best of this generation?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t really think that way, I guess. I think the guys in the States sort of know how these pressers go. Pretty much that’s you guys’ job to speculate on those things. I’m just trying to win as many of these things as I can and play the best golf as I can and be a decent guy. So I’ll let you ponder that one.

Q. We know how close you and your dad are, but I’m wondering, do you remember the first time that you guys spoke about the possibility of you winning a major championship?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Long ago, yeah. I decided to take golf seriously when I was about, I don’t know, 13 maybe. I sat down with my dad when I was maybe 15 and 16, and we started to really hash out some goals and dreams of what I’d like to do. I was on the couch with my dad a lot watching other guys win majors and win big tournaments.

My dad and I, we’ve definitely talked about this. We’ve watched that walk up 18 pretty much every year until I’ve played in The Open. It’s definitely something that we’ve both dreamt of.

Q. Speaking of that walk up 18, I noticed that you waited for Austin to kind of make that walk with you. Why did you do that?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Pretty obvious. I mean, Austin, he’s one of my best friends, but it’s a team thing. I’m the one hitting the shots, but at the end of the day, it’s a team thing. It’s a team environment that I like to have for my team, I guess.

I was marching, and I was sitting there, and I was just trying to focus, and I sort of looked up, and I saw yellow leaderboards. In my head, I was like, you’re about to have your moment here. No one better to share it than Austin because he deserves it as well.

Q. What would you say you did best this week?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I felt like I limited the mistakes pretty well. There was one really — lucky to only have one really hard round in sort of the wind and rain, and I managed that day better than I ever thought I could, to be honest. I felt like I just controlled a lot of what I was trying to do, and the moments where I was losing control, I sort of — if I hit it offline and into the fescue, I wasn’t too worried about it because it’s links golf. It’s how you play golf out here. As long as you avoid those coffin bunkers, you can move that ball forward and get yourself back in the hole.

I think the style of golf maybe helped me mentally play this week. The style of golf you can play out here, you don’t have to be perfect or hit the prettiest drives or anything. As long as you’re moving the ball forward and dodging bunkers and keeping holes in front of you and making sure your chips are into the wind, all the stuff that us pros talk about, it’s easy to talk about, it’s harder to actually do when you’re out there.

I think Austin and I did a pretty good job of plotting around this difficult property.

Q. In the past when maybe you had some finishes that weren’t to your liking, you preached process over the results. Given the kind of jump we’ve seen from you over the past couple months, was there anything you kind of recalibrated in your approach, or was this just trusting the process you already had and it finally matching up with the results?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, it’s all part of the process. It is an incredible feeling to be up here with the Claret Jug. It is just a result at the end of the day, and I really do believe that.

Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don’t. When you’re playing — today I felt like I really controlled a lot of it. I kind of grabbed onto it, and there was no chance I was going to let go of it. I was pretty aware of that and really wanted to make sure I did that.

But for the most part, all those tough losses in the past or those moments where I let myself slip up and dream too early on that back nine, I was able to reel myself in today and make sure that didn’t happen.

Q. Can you just give us an insight into what the celebrations might look like tonight? Are you going to go all out like Bob MacIntyre did a week ago, or is it going to maybe be a bit more low key?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: That was an incredible, incredible win for Bob. I don’t know if I’m going to have as much of an embrace, not being Scottish, but it’s going to be — it will be low key for most, but for me, I don’t really drink a whole lot ever. I don’t really get to celebrate too many things ever. This game is cruel at times.

So I have my whole family and most of my team here. I’m just curious to see what my dad is going to pick as a first drink to drink out of this.

Q. And you know what you’re going to put inside the Claret Jug tonight?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: My dad is — he’s not in here. There he is. He’s going to have to figure out what he wants to put in there because he’s taking the first gulp out of it.

MIKE WOODCOCK: We’ll wrap things up there. Xander, congratulations again. Champion Golfer of the Year, Xander Schauffele.

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The Open 2024: Brian Harman Gets Very Lucky – Ball Takes Bridge Over Creek

Brian Harman is an outstanding golfer, there’s no question about that. But even a defending Open champion sometimes needs a bit of luck. And he deserved it in the final round at Troon. The tee shot on the third hole with a driving iron rolled out so far that it came dangerously close to the small stream that divided the fairway. If it hadn’t been for the small bridges over which the players also cross the burn, the ball would have landed in the water. But as luck would have it, Harman’s ball arrived dry on the other side.

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The Open Championship 2024: Jordan Spieth with Magic Shot at the ‘Postage Stamp’

Jordan Spieth has done it again. The American was already known for his outstanding short game in the early stages of his career. Now he saves himself from an awkward situation on the infamous par 3 ‘Postage Stamp’ in round 4 of The Open Championship 2024 thanks to his fine touch with the wedge.

Magic shot from Jordan Spieth at the The Open Championship 2024

The final day begins for Jordan Spieth with a few birdies and a small chase to catch up on the leaderboard. Three birdies already adorn the scorecard and Spieth only had to record one bogey up to the eighth hole. However, the ‘Postage Stamp’ with its only around 108 metres is neither a safe par nor an easy birdie opportunity. The green is narrow and the pot bunkers are a danger that several stars have faced in recent days. After a mis-hit tee shot on the short par 3, Spieth lay in the wet rough to the right of the narrow green. But with a chip, which has long been a trademark of the American, Spieth skilfully plays his way out of the tricky situation. From around 20 metres, he holed over a bunker and out of the rough of the Royal Troon for birdie.

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Scottie Scheffler: “Toughest Nine Holes of My Career”

Scottie Scheffler articulated what many of the remaining The Open Championship participants were likely thinking after Moving Day – except for Justin Rose, of course. “I can think of a couple days with some crazy high winds that may have been more challenging, but overall the back nine, I think that was probably the hardest nine holes that I’ll ever play,” said the world number one, before slightly revising his statement: “I shouldn’t say ever. Who knows what the next few Opens will bring? But it’s definitely the hardest that I’ve played to this point in my career.”

The two-time Masters champion held his own with an even-par round, hitting 13 out of 14 fairways. However, his putter once again let him down, failing to capitalize even from short distances. If he can manage to improve this aspect today, the third major of the year remains within reach.

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Watch: Highlights From Round 3 of The Open Championship

The Open Championship 2024, part of the European Tour, is currently being held at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. The tournament has reached its third round, with significant developments and competitive plays throughout the day.

Currently leading the field is Billy Horschel from the USA, having achieved a total score of -4. Following closely are six players tied in second place, each with a total score of -3. These players include Thriston Lawrence (RSA), Sam Burns (USA), Russell Henley (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Justin Rose (ENG), and Daniel Brown (ENG).

The tournament features a prize pool of $16,500,000, attracting top-tier talent from across the globe.

For fans and enthusiasts, a video compilation of the European Tour Highlights focusing on The Open Highlights from the third round is available, showcasing the most impactful moments and key plays from today’s round. As the final scores are tallied, the golfing world watches closely to see who will emerge victorious in this prestigious event.

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About the European Tour

The DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) is the largest European professional golf tour. With 45 events, the tour’s tournament calendar is packed with highlights. In addition to the majors, the DP World Tour organizes other co-sanctioned events with the PGA Tour. The European tour is also a guest in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, hosting at least one tournament in a total of 25 countries. The prize money on the DP World Tour is lower than on its American sister tour, but with the basic salary introduced in 2023, players who have played at least 15 tournaments will receive at least 150,000 dollars. The season finale of the overall earnings ranking, the “Race to Dubai“, will be held in a play-off format after five “Global Swings” and the “Back 9”. The final DP World Tour Championship will determine the winner of the season in Dubai in November.

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The Open Championship 2024: “Lefty” Robert MacIntyre Saves Par Righthanded

After his victory at the Scottish Open, Robert MacIntyre is being celebrated as a new national hero in his home country of Scotland. The 27-year-old is also being celebrated at the British Open, which is being held at the Royal Troon Golf Club on the west coast of Scotland. Not least because “Bob” combines sporting excellence with entertaining qualities. In the third round of the British Open 2024, MacIntyre had to decide on the 18th hole whether to take a baseball swing from the bunker, simply chip over the bunker onto the fairway or try a right-handed swing with his “backhand”.

The left-handed Ryder Cupper opted for the most spectacular option and positioned himself on the wrong side of the ball and showed an excellent full swing. The fact that the ball flew into the stands did not detract from the aesthetics. In any case, he saved the par with a dream shot to the tap-in from the not particularly good situation that followed his show.

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