The Men's 150th Open concluded on Sunday with Cameron Smith taking home his first major win after a spectacular and thrilling final against Rory Mcllroy. Now, the excitement is building for the AIG Women's Open, taking place from 4-7 August. Have you got your tickets yet?
What is the AIG Women's Open and where will it be held this year?
The AIG Women's Open is one of five women's major Championships and has become one of the most international and prestigious in women's golf. With 144 players in attendance last year, from 32 countries and with 29 major champions and worldwide winners, you know you're in for a treat. The tournament is played over all types of British golf courses, from parkland and heathland layouts to traditional links venues.
Some of the world's best golfers will be heading to Muirfield, in East Lothian, in just 2 weeks time to take on this legendary course. Muirfield has hosted The Open on 16 occasions, among many other major Championships and is surrounded by 30 golf clubs, which are definitely worth a visit if you decide to extend your stay. Edinburgh is just a 35 minute car journey away and the nearest train station is North Berwick, approximately four miles from Muirfield. There is free public parking on-site too.
Who won last year and who should we keep an eye out for this year?
Last year's champion, Anna Nordqvist, took home the win at Carnoustie after a very exciting finish, scoring -12. This Swedish star is now a three-time Major Champion and was closely followed by Georgia Hall (2018 Champ). Amongst the professionals was Louise Duncan, a Scottish amateur who stole the show and kept spectators captivated by her brilliant play, and ultimately securing the Smyth Salver for lowest amateur. International stars, Nelly Korda, Sophia Popov, Jin-Young Ko and Lydia Ko will also be there giving their all for a chance at the title.
What can you find at the event?
Other than great golf, all day long, there is plenty to do with family and friends. You can enjoy the show on the giant screens or from the grandstand, and you can fuel up with plenty of food and drink options in the Spectator Village.
If you catch the golf bug while you're there or just fancy practicing your swing, you can head over to the Swingzone and book a free 15-minute lesson with a PGA Professional. Afterwards, why not have a go at the Long Putt Challenge?
Remember the day with a souvenir or some adidas golf apparel from The AIG Women's Open Shop.
Don't forget your suncream and water bottles - there are refilling stations available across the golf course.
Where to buy tickets?
Gates are open from 7am every Championship day, and from 6am on the Thursday and Friday. Under-16s are able to attend for free, 16-24-year-olds can attend from £17.50 per day, while adults can attend from just £35 per day. This is an advance ticket price, meaning if you purchase your ticket before the 31st July, you'll save some pennies. Purchase your tickets here.
And if you are paying by Mastercard, you will recieve an extra £5 off your ticket.
Where to follow the action
To keep up with all the coverage, follow the @aigwomensopen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok. You can also watch the tournament unfold on Sky Sports.
If you want to learn more about women's golf check out the Women's Golf Show Podcast, hosted by Jenni Falconer with Ladies European Tour player Beth Allen and broadcaster Ali Whitaker. Find out more about it here.
Or go behing the scenes with Sophia Popov, and follow her story to victory and find out how her life has changed after her 2020 win. Watch the documentary here.