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Who is leading at Carnoustie?

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Who is leading at Carnoustie?

AIG Women's Open Leaderboard 2021

 

Carnoustie Golf Links' Championship Course hosts the Women's Open for the second time after Yani Tseng's triumph over the Angus links in 2011.

Germany's Sophia Popov defends her Women's Open title this week, with a stacked field featuring the best female players in the game including World No.1 and Olympic gold medallist Nelly Korda.

Popov finished at seven-under-par last year at Troon to win her maiden Major and LPGA Tour title, propelling her from the Symetra Tour to stardom.

She is now likely to feature in the 2021 European Solheim Cup Team, which will be decided after this week when Catriona Matthew picks her six wildcards to go along with the six automatic qualifiers.

Coverage of the tournament this week is extensive, with Sky Sports showing the event live on TV and free on their YouTube channel.

Related: AIG Women's Open Live Stream - How To Watch

The AIG Women's Open has been bolstered by an inflated purse, going up by $1.3m to a huge $5.8m - making it the largest purse in the women's game.

The winner will take home a huge $870,000.

The prize money is set to rise next year, too, with a total purse set for $6.8m at the 2022 AIG Women's Open at Muirfield.

Related: AIG Women's Open Prize Money 2021

Carnoustie is also set to play tougher, and much longer, this week after Carnoustie admitting that it “watered down” the course last time it hosted the world's best women.

It's playing 360 yards longer for the tournament this time around and the course is much greener than in 2018 when it hosted The Open, won by Francesco Molinari.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x