August 11, 2021, St. Andrews, Scotland: Exactly 20 years have passed since Se Ri Pak made history as the first South Korean winner of the AIG Women’s Open and an incredible period of success for Asia with ten other champions since the historic moment for the championship.
Only one week left until the fifth and final major of the season from August 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland, is where the best Asian female golfers, including major winners Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Jeongeun Lee6, make their way to one of the greatest golf tests with one goal in mind – inclusion in the honorary list of champions, the Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak.
Widely regarded as the game’s true trailblazer, Pak became the first Korean woman golfer to make an impact on the LPGA Tour, winning 25 titles, including five major championships, before retiring her clubs in 2016 after a record career of 18 years.
After four shots back in the final round of the 2001 championship, Pak fired a sensational six under par 66 to take two shots over a world-class field in Sunningdale and begin a legacy his compatriots Jeong Jang (2005) saw . , Jiyai Shin (2008, 2012), Inbee Park (2015) and IK Kim (2017) follow in their footsteps and claim the prestigious title.
While Jang, Shin and Kim won’t compete in this year’s AIG Women’s Open, seven-time major winner Park travels to Carnoustie as one of the most decorated players and is in good shape after her 21st LPGA title earlier this season. She is currently number three in the Rolex Women’s Golf World Ranking.
When she returned to the AIG Women’s Open, where she had six top ten finishes in 13 appearances, Park said, “I have fond memories of the AIG Women’s Open and I remember doing my second round of 64 at Carnoustie 2011 was very happy. ” You never know exactly what conditions you will play in links golf, but you just have to play your own game and accept any impact you get out there. “
HISTORICAL INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Outside of South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Hinako Shibuno of Japan add to the list of Asian stars who have enjoyed success since Pak’s memorable win at the AIG Women’s Open, while Filipino star Yuka Saso comes to Scotland after taking her first major championship Won.
At just 19, Saso had one of the achievements of the year in winning the US Women’s Open in 2021 and will make her debut at the AIG Women’s Open.
Saso is widely known for having modeled her swing on 2014 champion golfer Rory McIlroy, the leading amateur.
Saso said, “I’ve heard a lot about the AIG Women’s Open, it’s such a historic championship and I look up to a lot of the previous champions. This is my first trip to Scotland so I am excited to play on an incredible course like Carnoustie. “
Saso and Park are supported by great champions from Asia, including: In Gee Chun, Eun Hee Ji, Alim Kim, Jeongeun Lee6, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, Hinako Shibuno, Patty Tavatanakit and Sei Young Kim.
The full list of exceptions for the AIG Women’s Open and AIG Women’s Open Final Qualifying can be found at aigwomensopen.com.
The AIG Women’s Open will take place in Carnoustie from August 16-22, 2021, tickets are now available at aigwomensopen.com. The championship will follow government guidelines in terms of attendance.
Adult tickets start at £ 25, with free entry for children under 16 prior to the championship. Spectators aged 24 or younger have the right to purchase youth (16-24 years old) tickets from £ 12.50. A Mastercard discount of £ 5 is available per transaction.