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Tuesday, 12 February, 2002, 13:57 GMT
Record purse for Wales Open
The Celtic Manor Resort near Newport
The Celtic Manor will host the Wales Open
A record prize fund of 1.1m will be on offer at this year's Wales Open at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

The tournament purse represents a 10% on the 2001 figure.

"We're planning to make the event bigger and better again in 2002," said tournament chairman Andy Stanton.

"The 100,000 increase in the prize fund is just the first step and we have a number of other ideas in the pipeline.

"As always, we'll give top priority to looking after the players and making sure they have a thoroughly enjoyable tournament."

European Tour executive director Ken Schofield said: "We congratulate Andy Stanton and his team for continuing to enhance the reputation of the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open.

"We were, of course, delighted to announce Wales as the host country for the 2010 Ryder Cup matches and the development of the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open prize fund further underlines their support and commitment to golf in Wales."

Ireland's Paul McGinley won last year's Wales Open in a three-way playoff after the tournament was reduced to 36 holes following heavy rain.

The event will be held from 8-11 August.

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