British Open raises the stakes for 2015 winner

The famed Claret Jug won't be the only prize at stake when the British Open tees off next month.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced on Wednesday that the winner's take will jump to $1.8 million, an increase of $275,000 from last year.

"The Open is one of the world's pre-eminent sporting events," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A. He called the increase "appropriate for an event with The Open's global appeal."

The tournament's overall purse will rise to $9.9 million, up from about $8.5 million in 2014.

Rory McIlroy will seek to defend his title when the 144th Open begins at St. Andrews on July 16.

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