Women’s Open gets go-ahead in ‘significant step’ for game
There will be major golf in Britain this summer after the R&A confirmed that next month’s AIG Women’s Open would take place at Royal Troon from Aug 20-23.
The £3million event will be played behind closed doors, but that seems a small price to pay. Relief abounds in the female game that its featurepiece did not go the way of the Open Championship, which was supposed to be hosted next week at Royal St George’s, but has been postponed until 2021.
The R&A and Ladies Professional fessional Golf Association, which jointly ntly run the Open, were determined d to ensure the Troon tournament nt went ahead, despite another major or in the Evian Championship being g called off a few weeks ago. The French event was supposed to kick-start k-start a three-week run in Europe, ope, with the Ladies Scottish Open pen in between.
The latter has now been een confirmed for the Renaisssance club near North Berwick on Aug 13-16, in the week preceding Troon.
“We believe playing the he AIG Women’s British Open is a significant step for players whose playing opportunities have been severely impacted this year,” Martin n Slumbers, the R&A chief executive, ve, said.
The Renaissance will herald rald the first tournament on the Ladies European Tour since March h and, as it is co-sanctioned, the third d on the US tour, which is set to resume after a five-month hiatus in Toledo in three weeks’ time. Playing opportunities for Britain’s female pros have been so sparse because of the lockdown that former world No1 Justin Rose set up and backed the Rose Ladies Series, a string of eight events due to finish with the Grand Final at Wentworth the week before the Scottish fortnight.
Georgia Hall, the 2018 Women’s British Open champion, has pledged pledge to play in each of the remaining remain five Rose Series tournaments – including at Royal St Geor George’s tomorrow – and has wel welcomed the news of what follo follows.
“T “The British Open is obviously my favourite event and, altho though we’d obviously far ra rather it in front of fans, this is a much, much better option th than it not being held at all,” th the Englishwoman said.
It is understood that the organisers were waiting for the Government to annou nounce it had formally granted a sp sporting exemption from the 14-d 14-day quarantine rule. “G “Getting elite women’s sports back safely remains a top priority,” Nigel Huddlestone, the sport sports minister, said. “We are worki working hard to ensure we don’t lose an any of the great momentum that ha has built up in recent years.”
Main draw: Georgia Hall is preparing for the Women’s Open, which she won in 2018, by playing the Rose Series