It’s the final women’s major of the season, but who will take home the trophy from Walton Heath?
It’s the final major championship of the year, but who will take home the AIG Women’s Open title on Sunday?
Walton Heath Golf Club plays host for the first time with a mix of holes from both the Old and New Courses in play.
South African Ashleigh Buhai is the defending champion after winning her maiden major title at Muirfield last year.
Can Buhai come out on top again? Will we see another first-time major champion? Matt Coles offers his picks for the last women’s major of 2023…
AIG Women’s Open betting tips and preview
Venue: Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England
Date: August 10-13
Course stats: Par 72, 6,881 yards
Course summary: Walton Heath hosts for the first time, with a mix of both the Old and New Courses in play. Sixteen of the Old Course holes are in action, along with the 12th and 13th from the New Course to, provide a stunning test.
Defending champion: Ashleigh Buhai (-10, Muirfield)
AIG Women’s Open betting tips
Celine Boutier @ 16/1 with William Hill
Evian Championship. Freed Group Women’s Scottish Open. AIG Women’s Open?
That could be the winning run of Celine Boutier come the end of the week. She became the first Frenchwoman to win the Evian Championship two weeks ago, as she lifted her first major title.
She would have been excused if she had then pulled out of the Freed Group Women’s Scottish Open. But no, Boutier went up to Dundonald Links and made it back-to-back wins.
Surely you have to pick her to do well again this week at the AIG Women’s Open? Admittedly, the odds of her going back-to-back-to-back are very low. But it has been done before. Riding the crest of the wave, Boutier is definitely one to watch as she aims for a second major in three weeks.
Because she has won two events in consecutive weeks, Boutier is not the favourite to win the AIG Women’s Open. But, at 16/1, can you look past her?
Leona Maguire @ 20/1 with William Hill
After Boutier at Evian, could we see another first-time major winner at Walton Heath? If so, Ireland’s Leona Maguire could certainly be in that conversation.
The Irishwoman has been in solid form this year, missing just a single cut on the LPGA Tour. After becoming the first Irish winner on the LPGA Tour last year, Maguire doubled up with her second win earlier this season. She finished 21-under-par at the Meijer LPGA Classic in June – the culmination of a run of three top-10s.
Although she has not been in the best form in the majors this year, she finished inside the top five at the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield 12 months ago.
Could we see history this week at Walton Heath, with Maguire becoming the first Irishwoman to win a major?
Lydia Ko @ 50/1 each way with William Hill
She still holds the record for being the youngest World No.1 in professional golf, the youngest woman to win on the LPGA Tour, and the youngest major champion in the women’s game. This is the week that New Zealand’s Lydia Ko battles her way back to the top table!
Ko is a two-time major champion, having won the Evian Championship and the ANA Inspiration in the space of seven months back in 2015 and 2016. Since then, the Kiwi has finished in the top ten of a major championship on 11 occasions – including runners-up finishes on two occasions.
Three of those came last year, including a T7 finish at Muirfield. This season, though, she is yet to finish inside the top 30 of a major championship.
But she did win the Aramco Saudi Ladies International in February. Look out for Lydia at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday evening.
Best of the rest…
Rose Zhang: Can you remember the last time a rookie was the third-favourite to win a major title? That is the position that Rose Zhang finds herself in.
She won on her first LPGA Tour outing at the Mizuho Americas Open. Since then, she has finished inside the top ten in all of the events where she has made the cut, including a T9 finish at the US Women’s Open.
Zhang was the Low Amateur with a T28 finish at last year’s AIG Women’s Open. Could she take home the top prize this year? 16/1 says she is definitely in with a shot.
Charley Hull: The AIG Women’s Open is the only one of the five women’s majors where Charley Hull has not finished inside the top ten. That could be a statistic that changes this week.
Hull is in good form, having finished runner-up at the US Women’s Open and the Aramco Team Series London. At 40/1, the Englishwoman is a good price to win on home soil.
In-Gee Chun: An outside bets that could be worth a punt is South Korea’s In-Gee Chun. She will be looking to add a fourth different major title to her collection, having already won the US Women’s Open, Evian Championship, and Women’s PGA Championship.
Chun finished runner-up to Ashleigh Buhai last year after losing out in a playoff.
Take a look at the latest odds with William Hill.
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