There is so much history at stake at Muirfield this weekend that missing the AIG Women’s British Open bites a little more. Not to mention that this is the final Major of 2022.
Long wait for the Chevron Championship next April.
World number one Jin Yong Ko tops the list along with defending champion Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson and a host of other outstanding players.
This is the first time that women professionals have competed at Muirfield, one of the most iconic clubs in the world. A total of 65 players made 3 more cuts.
Three-time top winner In Gee Chun strides across the field at level 8 below.
Jin Young Ko (5 more)
Jin Yong Ko of South Korea strikes on the second green during the first day of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullein, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
This is Jin Yong Ko’s first miss in a major tournament since the 2018 UK Women’s Open. Ko shot 76–71 to finish 5 points in the 3-ghost tournament on the final four holes.
Lexi Thompson (10 more)
Lexi Thompson of the USA tees on the 1st hole on Day 2 of the Women’s AIG Open at Muirfield on August 5, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Two weeks ago, Lexi Thompson missed out on the Amundi Evian Championship after experiencing great grief at the KPMG Women’s PGA. At Muirfield, Thompson rattled her last three holes en route to a final score of 77. She only made two birdies in two rounds and finished 10 overs.
Anna Nordqvist (4 more)
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden hits the first hole on the third hole on the first day of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
The 2021 AIG Women’s British Open champion said this week she doesn’t feel any pressure. I just wanted to enjoy the moment. Recording only three birdies in two rounds to finish 4th in the tournament was certainly not what she had in mind.
However, Nordqvist has a lot to look forward to, who will soon have a wedding celebration in Scotland that has been postponed twice due to the pandemic.
Laura Davis (14+)
Laura Davies plays in the bunker during the first day of the AIG Women’s Tournament at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Dame Laura Davies has competed at the Women’s British Open a record 42 times. The 58-year-old closed out with a shocking 10 on Friday the 18th, scoring 81 to finish 14th in the tournament.
Davis is exempt from the AIG under 60s, which will come in 2024 when the championship returns to the old course.
Ayaka Furue (4 more)
Ayaka Furue of Japan tees off the 1st hole during the second day of the AIG Women’s Muirfield tournament on August 5, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
The form in which Ayaka Furue closed out with a magical 62 to win her first LPGA title five days ago at the Women’s Open Golf Championship did not last long. The Japanese newcomer was 18th and finished with the fourth point.
Sofia Popova (4 more)
Sofia Popova of Germany teeing on the 12th hole on the second day of the AIG Women’s Muirfield tournament on August 5, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
The fight continues for 2020 AIG Women’s British Open Champion Sofia Popova, who hasn’t qualified for the Majors since the 2022 Chevron Championships. Popov made 37 putts in the first round and suffered a double bogey mid-round on Friday. She shot 75-71.
Catriona Matthew (7 more)
Catriona Matthew of Scotland speaks to her caddy during a practice round ahead of the AIG women’s tournament at Muirfield on August 2, 2022 in Gullein, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Catriona Matthew grew up near Muirfield in North Berwick and as a child competed in several men’s British Opens held at the historic club. The 2009 UK Open champion hit the opening tee shot on Thursday, but was never successful, shooting 76-73 and finishing 7 over.
Patty Tawatanakit (8 overs)
Patty Tawatanakit of Thailand plays from the fifth hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 3, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
After an emotional comeback last week at the Scottish Open, Patty Tawatanakit was unable to continue at Muirfield. Two consecutive rounds of 75 left her well outside the cut. The 2021 Chevron champion tearfully told the media last week that she’s been having trouble lately both on the golf course and in her personal life, and it’s taken a toll on her emotionally.
Sofia Schubert (9 more)
Sophia Schubert of the USA tees off the second hole on the first day of the AIG Women’s Muirfield tournament on August 4, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Sophia Schubert, who took a career-best second at Amundi Evian before flying back to the US for a sponsorship engagement at the PGA Tour stop in Detroit (Schubert didn’t take the field at the Scottish Open).
Schubert recorded two doubles and a triple in rounds 79-72. Muirfield marked her third major start as a professional.
Ingrid Lindlbud (8 more)
Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden watches the first day of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullan, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
After struggling over the weekend at the US Women’s Open, Swedish amateur Ingrid Lindblad had a much quieter British Open. Lindblad took the field on Monday for the final qualifier in North Berwick. The LSU player shot 74-76 and missed out on this championship for the third time.