The AIG Women’s Open is coming to the Muirfield course for the first time after the 275-year-old club finally opened membership up to women in 2019. Muirfield last hosted a major, the Open Championship, in 2013.
Defending champion Anna Nordqvist won by one stroke at Carnoustie last summer. This year’s event, starting on Thursday 4th July at 11am, is not only the first time a women’s event has been held at the course in West Lothian, it is also the first major event for men or women to be held there since Phil Mickelson won The Open in 2013.
A move to admit women to the male-only Honourable Company was rejected in 2016, drawing criticism from the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, and prompting the R&A to removee Muirfield from The Open rotation. A second poll the following year resulted in an 80 percent vote in agreement with admitting female members, opening the way for this year’s event.
Anna Nordqvist is the defending Women’s Open champion, having beaten Georgia Hall, Madelene Sagstrom and Lizette Salas by one stroke at Carnoustie last year.
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Male players familiar with the coarse welcomed the move and offered a few tips for playing it, including to watch out for crosswinds. The course is par 71 and measures roughly 6,680 yards.
Swede Anna Nordqvist, whose husband is Scottish, aims to become the first player since Yani Tseng in 2011 to successfully defend her title.
But the Swedish star will have plenty of competition as the AIG Women’s Open is coming to the Muirfield course for the first time. One of her main rivals at Carnoustie, England’s Georgia Hall, will enter as one of the favourites, not least as the top home nations hopeful, having finished inside the top three in three of the past five Championships, including a win in 2018.
Brooke Henderson is another player with trending form after winning the Evian Championship, while the world’s top three of Jin-Young Ko, Nelly Korda and Minjee Lee will all be expected to challenge.
A huge contingent of young players will also be hoping to add their names to the AIG Women’s Open trophy, including Atthaya Thitikul, Yuka Saso and Patty Tavatanakit. Established stars and former AIG Women’s Open Champions such as Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis will also be hoping to make their mark.
AIG Women’s Open Field 2022
|Na Rin An||KOR|
|Jess Baker (a)||ENG|
|In Gee Chun||KOR|
|Dame Laura Davies||ENG|
|Anna Davis (a)||USA|
|Savannah De Bock (a)||BEL|
|Manon de Roey||BEL|
|Nicole Broch Estrup||DEN|
|Jodi Ewart Shadoff||ENG|
|Mizuki Hashimoto (a)||JPN|
|Eun Hee Ji||KOR|
|A Lim Kim||KOR|
|Hyo Joo Kim||KOR|
|Sei Young Kim||KOR|
|Xiyu Janet Lin||CHN|
|Nanna Koerstz Madsen||DEN|
|Caley McGinty (a)||ENG|
|Sung Hyun Park||KOR|
|Emily Kristine Pedersen||DEN|
|Ana Pelaez Trivino||SPA|
|Valery Plata (a)||COL|
|So Yeon Ryu||KOR|
|Rose Zhang (a)||USA|
Whoever wins, it will be a remarkable event as the AIG Women’s Open is coming to the Muirfield course for the first time after the 275-year-old club finally opened membership up to women in 2019.
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