In a tournament where anticipation ran high, the 2023 AIG Women’s Open saw dramatic twists as notable players missed the cut for the crown and a share of the $9,000,000 prize. Lydia Ko’s unexpected exit alongside other golfing stars underscored the fierce competition at Walton Heath in Surrey, England.
The challenging course and intense pressure left many top names grappling for positions, creating a suspenseful showdown that defied expectations! Here are six big names who will miss the weekend action in Surrey.Big Players Who Missed The Cut. Brooke Henderson (75-72, three-over): Brooke Henderson’s performance in terms of improving her major performance this season faced an interruption. While she showcased her best abilities with a second-place finish at the Amundi Evian Championship, she encountered difficulties at the AIG Women’s Open. Notably, on the first day, her performance suffered as she managed only eight greens in regulation, with a total of 19 for the entire week.
Lexi Thompson (76-75, seven-over): Lexi Thompson’s challenges persist as evidenced by her performance, resulting in her sixth missed cut for the season. Based on the existing rankings of American players, her current position would cause her to lose the seventh spot, which is the last one guaranteeing a place on the Solheim Cup team achieved through points.
Lydia Ko (74-74, four-over): Lydia Ko made a valiant effort with a late rally, registering three birdies in her last five holes. However, this was insufficient to qualify for the weekend rounds. It is the first year since 2012 that Ko has not clinched a top-10 finish in a major tournament.
Jennifer Kupcho managed to stage a notable recovery with an eight-stroke improvement in her second round. Despite this commendable effort, she couldn’t overcome the setback of a birdie-free, six-over of her first round. Her performance in majors this season has been modest, with her only made cut resulting in a T-14 finish at the Evian Championship, which took place just two weeks ago.
Ashleigh Buhai (74-73, three-over)
Ashleigh Buhai, the reigning champion, saw her title defence come to an abrupt end after just two rounds. Her hopes to retain the title were dashed due to the presence of five bogeys in her one-over scorecard on Friday, preventing her from securing a place in the weekend rounds.
Patty Tavatanakit (79-68, three-over)
Patty Tavatanakit experienced a remarkable improvement of 11 strokes during her Friday performance. Nevertheless, her tough start ultimately led to a cumulative score of three-over for the tournament. Unfortunately, this outcome prevented the 2020 Chevron champion from qualifying for the weekend rounds, despite her recent presence in the final group at the Freed Women’s Scottish Open.
As the AIG Women’s Open unfolds, unexpected exits remind us of the unpredictability in golf. The battle for the crown continues, with lesser-known names vying for a breakthrough. The tournament’s unfolding drama highlights the sport’s essence: resilience, determination, and the captivating nature of the game!