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The Open 2018: Justin Rose eyes Carnoustie glory and the Claret Jug

Prize fund for the Open Championship increases by £189,000

Justin Rose hopes to add some “sprinkles” to his career cake next week by winning the 147th Open Championship.

The world No.3 is playing this weekend at the Scottish Open at Gullane, a tournament that he won in 2014. He hopes that another good showing on a links course can prepare him for a tilt at the Open at Carnoustie.

Rose’s career highlights include a US Open win in 2013, two World Golf Championships, Ryder Cup appearances and an Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016. But one trophy that still eludes him is the Claret Jug and the title of “Champion Golfer of the Year”.

Speaking ahead of the Scottish Open, which starts today, the 37-year-old English golfer told the European Tour website: “I feel like I’m at a great point in my career now where the icing is on the cake but we’re looking for a little bit of cherry and decoration and sprinkles or whatever from this point on. 

“It’s been a great 20 years, obviously, but I really feel like there’s an opportunity now for me to make it something special. But missing, obviously, an Open Championship. I’d love to be a multiple major championship winner.

“It’s nice to have that monkey off my back having won one [2013 US Open], but beginning to crave more chances and looks and all that stuff. An Open would be amazing - another major - but more of the same, keep creating good looks in these big events.”

The 2018 Open Championship takes place from 19 to 22 July at Carnoustie in Angus, Scotland. It is the third of the season’s four golf majors.

Open prize fund increase

The BBC reports that the prize fund for the 2018 Open has increased by $250,000 (£189,000). This year’s total prize fund is $10.5m (£7.9m) with the winner receiving the Claret Jug and a cheque for $1.89m (£1.42m) - a rise of $45,000 (£34,000). The R&A, golf's governing body, pays Open prize money in dollars, as of last year, after a fall in the value of the pound.

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