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Prize money for Open at Royal Lytham frozen at 2011 levels

The prize money for next week's Open Championship at Royal Lytham has been frozen at the 2011 rate with the winner of the Claret Jug picking up £900,000, the same as Darren Clarke at Sandwich last July.

The total purse of £5m has been kept the same with the runner-up earning £520,000 and those other finishers in the top-10 taking home six-figure cheques.

Players who make the halfway cut will be guaranteed at least £9000 while those who fail to make the grade and finish near the foot of the standings after 36 holes will still pocket £2350.

David Duval, who won the Open the last time it was held at Lytham in 2001, was handed £600,000 for his triumph while Bobby Locke, the champion at the Lancashire links 60 years ago, earned pounds 300.

n Friends and colleagues of the late Adam Hunter, who lost his battle with leukaemia last year, have organised a Pro-Am to honour his memory and help raise funds for the Beatson Centre which treated him.

The 'Friends of the Beatson Pro-Am Golf Tournament, in memory of Adam Hunter' has been arranged by domestic professionals Stephen McAllister and Alan Tait, Scottish PGA secretary Michael MacDougall and former sports broadcaster Brian Donald and will be played at Gleneagles on Friday October 5.

"Adam was not only a brilliant golfer, he was also a special person and a very good friend," said McAllister, the former European Tour winner who is now competing on the European Senior Tour.

"We were determined to stage an event to celebrate his life and his achievements, as well as saying thanks and giving something back to the Beatson where he was cared for so well."

Hunter, who won the Portuguese Open on the main European circuit in 1995 and coached Paul Lawrie to Open victory at Carnoustie in 1999, passed away last October after a two-year fight with the illness.

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