British Open 2012 Payout: Winner's Purse and Final Leaderboard

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Ernie Els of South Africa watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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In one of the wildest finishes in recent British Open history, South African star Ernie Els stole the show when leader Adam Scott had a mental meltdown on the final stretch of the tournament.

While Scott’s heart has to be broken because he let the 2012 Open Championship and his chance at the Claret Jug slip away from him, there is some compensation for the star.

The British Open pays big!

According to, Els was the biggest benefactor of Scott’s poor play in Day 4, walking away with the gold medal and €900,000 ($1,098,000) in prize money. That’s not too shabby for a man that said during the lead up to the event on the live telecast that he felt lost as a golfer just a few months ago.

As for Scott, not only does he get the big-time experience of leading heading into the Day 4 of a Major, he walks away with a healthy €656,864 ($801,374) in prize money to help make up for the sadness of missing out on the win.

As a golfer, everyone knows the money is little compensation, though.

If you include bonuses, every player that finishes in the top-12 of the British Open will earn at least $100k for their trouble. Everyone that made the weekend wins some prize money, with even the 70th place finisher winning at least $14k.

That’s pretty good for playing a game in beautiful England.

For full money payouts with bonuses, don’t miss’s totals.


2012 British Open Final Leaderboard

Pos. Player Score Final Round
1 Ernie Els
-7 -2
2 Adam Scott


T3 Brandt Snedeker
-3 +4
T3 Tiger Woods -3 +3
T5 Luke Donald
-2 -1
T5 Graeme McDowell
-2 +5
T7 Thomas Aiken -1 +2
T7 Nicolas Colsaerts
-1 -5

For complete results, check The Open's official website.


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