The LPGA’s fifth and final major of this season takes place this weekend as the 2021 AIG Women’s Open tees off at Carnoustie in Scotland. Not surprisingly, oddsmakers are favoring Nelly Korda (+800), the top-ranked women’s golfer in the world, to continue her stellar 2021 season by winning her second major.
Korda, the 23-year-old won her first-career major in June at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and followed it up with an Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 games two weeks ago. But the field is filled with 29 other Major winners, so it’s an experienced and talented group taking to the links.
Lydia Ko, who hasn’t won a Major since 2016, is second on the odds board at +1000, mainly due to her dominant Sunday performance at the Scottish Open last week at Dumbarnie. Her course record 63 left her in second place for the tournament behind American Ryann O’Toole. Next at +1500 is 18-year-old Atthaya Thitikul, who has taken the tour by storm by finishing in the top five in four of her five LPGA events this season.
Englishwoman Georgia Hall (+4000) is a value play, as she won this event in 2018. Charley Hull and Mel Reid are the other England natives in the field. Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, Team Europe’s Solheim Cup captain, is the home-country favorite, looking for her second win in the event after winning in 2009.
Yuka Saso won the U.S. Women’s Open this year and overcame a slow start to finish 10th at the Olympic tournament, and she rolls off here at +2000. She’s only made one start on a links-style course, but that was last week, coming home with a 15th place finish, and was tied for second at -5 after the opening round.
Jeongeun Lee6 is also at +2000 and lost in a playoff at the last LPGA Major, the Evian Championship, last month. Also at +2000 is Inbee Park, who won six Majors from 2013-15, including the Women’s Open in ’15.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN THE 2021 AIG WOMEN’S OPEN|
|So Yeon Ryu||+2000|
|Sei Young Kim||+2000|
|Danielle Kang / Lexi Thompson||+2500|
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