9 Big Names Missing From The 2023 AIG Women's Open

We look at some of the big names who will not be teeing it up at Walton Heath in the 2023 AIG Women's Open

AIG Women's Open trophy and four female golfers in a montage
Several big names won't have a chance to claim the AIG Women's Open Trophy at Walton Heath
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There are plenty of big names teeing it up at Walton Heath looking to win the 2023 AIG Women's Open, but there are also some golfing stars who are missing out this year.

Defending champion Ashleigh Buhai will return looking to retain her crown, along with other recent winners Anna Nordqvist, Hinako Shibuno and Georgia Hall and all of the world's top 10.

Which big names won't be there, though?

Inbee Park

Inbee Park with the trophy after her 2015 Women's Open win

Inbee Park misses the tournament after giving birth in April

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One huge name missing from the field is LPGA Tour Hall of Famer Inbee Park, with the seven-time Major champion giving birth to her first child in April.

The 2015 Women's Open champion, who has 21 tournament wins on the LPGA Tour, last played in the 2022 AIG Women's Open at Muirfield, where she finished T22, but will miss this year's event as she focuses on her baby daughter. 

Amy Olson

Amy Olson set to compete at the US Open

Amy Olson isn't in the field as she is due to give birth in the coming weeks

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American Amy Olson teed it up in the US Women's Open while seven months pregnant, but will not push it to even further extremes so will miss Walton Heath as she closes in her due date.

Olson said she was determined to "waddle down the fairways" of Pebble Beach and did just that - unsurprisingly missing the cut but still getting through 36 holes on the iconic links before putting her clubs away until after her baby is born.

Jessica Korda

Jessica Korda at the 2023 JM Eagle LA Championship at Wilshire Country Club

Jessica Korda is absent with a back injury

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Jessica Korda remains "out indefinitely" due to the back injury that forced her out of action back in May.

The six-time LPGA winner was fifth in the AIG Women's Open in 2014 but will miss the chance to try and go even better at Walton Heath with a return date still unknown.

Michelle Wie West

Michelle Wie West takes a shot at the 2022 US Women's Open

Michelle Wie West has no plans to play again professionally

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Michelle Wie West has not played in the AIG Women's Open for five years and she'll apparently now never return after retiring following the US Women's Open at Pebble Beach, where she was seemingly very happy to put her clubs away, for a while at least.

The 2014 US Open winner had finishes of T3 in the tournament in both 2005 and 2017, but was never quite able to get over the line for a second career Major win.

Anne van Dam

Anne van Dam hitting a drive at the 2022 Dow Great Lakes Invitational

Anne van Dam couldn't earn a place via Final Qualifying

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Five-time LET winner Anne van Dam went through Final Qualifying in an effort to reach the AIG Women's Open, but she fell a shot shy of reaching a playoff and four off Chloe Williams at the top of the leaderboard as 12 others earned their places via that route. 

The Dutch player's best finish in the AIG Women's Open was a tie for 39th seven years ago. She'll need to wait another year, at least, before attempting to better that performance.

Bronte Law

Bronte Law

Bronte Law has endured a difficult season to date

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Law will be disappointed to miss out on a Major in her homeland, although she has endured a difficult season, with two T43s her best finishes so far. 

Law's best performance in the tournament came so far in 2012 with a tie for 33rd, but it's barely over a year since her best finish in a Major, a T6 in the 2022 US Women's Open. 

That suggests she still has plenty to offer in the showpiece events, and she'll be hoping that 2024 brings a return of her best form. 

Sung Hyun Park

Sung Hyun Park takes a shot at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Baltusrol

Sung Hyun Park misses her first Major of the year

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Sung Hyun Park is a two-time Major winner. However, the most recent of those, the Women's PGA Championship, came some time ago, in 2018. 

While the South Korean finished eighth in the 2018 AIG Women's Open, that is as good as it has got for some time for the 29-year-old, who is currently ranked 239th. 

As a result, there's no place for Park in this year's AIG Women's Open - the only Major she will miss this year.

Min Ji Park

Min Ji Park tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2021 BMW Ladies Championship

Minji Park is yet to play in the AIG Women's Open

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Min Ji Park is a regular on the KLPGA Tour, where she has enjoyed huge success, including two wins among five top 10 finishes in 2023. 

She has also played in two Majors this year, the US Women's Open at Pebble Beach, where she finished T13, and the Amundi Evian Championship, where she finished T20. 

Park won't be appearing at Walton Heath though, and, at World No.27, that makes her the highest-ranked player to miss out as a maiden AIG Women's Open appearance eludes her. 

Sophia Popov

Sophia Popov takes a shot during the 2022 AIG Women's Open

Sophia Popov won the tournament in 2022, but misses out this year

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German Sophia Popov hadn’t had any great success in Majors before the 2020 AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon, where she was a surprise winner by two shots over Thai Thidapa Suwannapura.

She was back for the 2021 and 2022 tournaments but missed the cut in each. Following last year's event at Muirfield, she only played two more times before picking up a shoulder injury in September that sidelined her for the rest of the year.

Off the course, 2023 has been a memorable year for the 30-year-old, who gave birth to her daughter in June. For that reason, though, she won’t be appearing in the 2023 tournament.

Where Is The 2023 AIG Women's Open?

After a run of years at links courses, the 2023 AIG Women’s Open takes place at a heathland layout – Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. The layout for the tournament will feature a mixture of holes from the Old and New courses.

Who Won The 2022 AIG Women's Open?

South African Ashleigh Buhai claimed her maiden Major title with victory in the 2022 AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield. She was pushed all the way by In Jee Chun. However, Buhai held her nerve to win on the fourth playoff hole.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush. 

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