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Georgia Hall parading the winner’s trophy after the 2018 Open

Richard Heathcote

Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Muirfield Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour.

where to watch

Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Golf from 11am on Thursday

Best bets

Georgia Room
1pt each way 25-1 Coral, Ladbrokes

Atthaya Thitikul
1pt each way 22-1 bet365

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Tiger Woods infamously scored a round 81 at Muirfield in the 2002 Open Championship and big numbers could be on the way when the world’s best women tackle that bestial bond this week.

It was wind and rain that derailed Woods 20 years ago, but it’s firm, fast fairways and concrete-like greens that will make Muirfield such an eye-catcher over the next four days.

Steve Palmer’s best advice

Georgia Room 25-1

One lady who looks likely to thrive in the conditions is the proven Georgia Hall Open performer, who won the British Ladies Amateur on a course in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.

English women’s sport got a huge boost on Sunday when the Lionesses triumphed in the European Football Championship – and perhaps Hall can follow that up by claiming Open glory for the second time.

Bournemouth’s pride was hardly amateur on his Open debut in 2013 and his form figures from the last five Opens are 3-1-35-45-2.

Hall loves links golf, winning the Open in style at Royal Lytham in 2018, she hasn’t missed a cut all season, and she finished eighth in the Evian Championship at the last LPGA Major.

Next best bet

Atthaya Thitikoul 22-1

The LPGA’s treadmill of Asian talent is stronger than ever, and Atthaya Thitikul could become an Open champion before she reaches her 20th birthday.

The teenage terror from Thailand quickly became the world number one amateur and won her first professional event at the age of 14. At 19, she has five professional titles to her name, and the move to major winner status will likely come sooner rather than later.

Thitikul finished fourth in the PGA Championship in June and then eighth in the Evian Championship, clearly becoming more at home in the big arenas. She was a weak amateur at the Open in 2018 and 2019, and runner-up at the Scottish Open in Dumbarnie last year, so the youngster quickly mastered links golf.

Muirfield Course Guide

Course Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Prize money $6.8 million ($1.050 million to winner)
Length 6,649 yards
By 71
Field 124

When to bet Around 7 a.m. on Thursday

When to watch Live on Sky Sports Main Event and Golf from 11am on Thursday

Type of course Connections

Course overview Muirfield has been a regular host of the Men’s Open Championship – the last in 2013. Phil Mickelson was the only player to finish under par in that event. The course has over 150 bunkers, fast fairways and rough terrain up to 10cm in places, so par will be a good score on most holes.

Last year story Anna Nordqvist came out triumphant at Carnoustie, the Swede hitting 12 under par to edge out a trio of chasers in one shot.

Weather forecast A mixture of sun and cloud, with temperatures around 17C. Moderate winds for the first three laps, decreasing on Sunday

Type of player adapted to the challenge Browning fairways makes Muirfield a review of extreme links this week and a big touch will be needed on and around the slick dance floors


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:40 PM, AUGUST 2, 2022

Ruth J. Leeds