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Prize money could be huge for ex-Gopher Erik Van Rooyen at the British Open

The ex-Gopher golfer is tied 14th entering Sunday's final round.
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Even if Erik Van Rooyen falls apart and slips to last among the more than 70 remaining golfers at the British Open, he'll still take home at least $13,500, according to CBS Sports

But that's unlikely to happen as Van Rooyen, the former Golden Gopher standout, remains 4-under par entering the final round at Carnoustie and is tied for 14th. Fourteenth place pays $155,000 at The Open, so he stands to win a lot of money. 

Top 20 payouts at Carnoustie: 

  • 1st: $1.89 million
  • 2nd: $1.093 million
  • 3rd: $701,000
  • 4th: $545,000
  • 5th: $438,000
  • 6th: $380,000
  • 7th: $326,000
  • 8th: $275,000
  • 9th: $241,000
  • 10th: $218,000
  • 11th: $198,000
  • 12th: $176,000
  • 13th: $165,000
  • 14th: $155,000
  • 15th: $144,000
  • 16th: $132,500
  • 17th: $126,000
  • 18th: $120,000
  • 19th: $115,000
  • 20th: $109,500

Van Rooyen was in second place after carding a 4-under 67 in Thursday's opening round, and he's remained at 4-under after rounds of 71 on Friday and Saturday. His tee time for Sunday was 7:15 a.m. Central Time, and he is playing with Yusaku Miyazato.

The most money Van Rooyen has ever won as a professional is $324,000, which he took home after finishing fourth at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open earlier this month. He's won more than $800,000 this year alone on the European Tour. 

You can track the leaderboard at The Open right here

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