The R&A and the Staysure Tour announced today that the prize fund for the upcoming 2020 Senior Open Presented by Rolex has been increased to US$2.5 million.
Taking place at the Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club, the field will now play for a prize fund of US$2.5 million, an increase of US$500,000, when the action gets under way from July 23-26.
Europe’s only Senior Major Championship heads to Sunningdale for the first time since 2015, having hosted the Championship for the first time in 2009, and the over 50s stars will compete for the biggest Senior Open prize fund in its 34-year history.
Bernhard Langer won an unprecedented fourth Senior Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2019 and will defend his title at the Old Course where he was beaten to the trophy by a stroke to American Marco Dawson in 2015. The German will be joined by an array of former Ryder Cup players, plus several captains of the biennial event, as a world class field battles for the prestigious title.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said: “We are pleased to be making a 25% increase in the prize fund for The Senior Open, which is a significant investment and reflects our ambitions to elevate the championship for the world’s best senior professional golfers. We are grateful to Rolex for its continuing support of the championship.”
Mark Aspland, Head of the Staysure Tour, said: “Senior golf continues to go from strength-to-strength and the commitment from Rolex and The R&A to increase the prize fund to US$2.5 million represents an exciting time in the growth of over-50s golf.”