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A new benchmark for women’s golf
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Record prize fund at AIG Women’s Open
Sophia Popov tees off at Carnoustie

The AIG Women’s Open has set a new benchmark for prize money in women’s golf with the announcement that the prize fund for this year’s Championship will increase by $1.3 million to $5.8 million with the winner earning $870,000.

With the support of title sponsor AIG, the largest prize fund in women’s Major Championship golf will increase by a further $1 million to no less than $6.8 million in 2022. This will more than double the prize fund from 2018 before AIG’s partnership with The R&A commenced.

The AIG Women’s Open takes place from 19-22 August at Carnoustie and will be played in 2022 at Muirfield, another of Scotland’s world-renowned links courses.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We are absolutely committed to elevating the AIG Women’s Open and enhancing its status as one of golf’s premier Championships. With our partners at AIG, we are taking action to make change happen and sending out a strong signal that more needs to be done by everyone involved to grow women’s golf. It needs greater investment and support from golf bodies, sponsors, the media and fans to help us grow the game’s commercial success and generate the income and revenues necessary to make prize fund growth viable and sustainable.

“We have set a new benchmark for prize money in women’s Major Championship golf this week and, thanks to AIG, will build on it still further next year. We hope this will inspire other events to follow our lead and help us to take a collective leap forward for the women’s game.”

Peter Zaffino, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG, said, “AIG is proud to be the title sponsor of the AIG Women’s Open, which is one of the most prestigious and celebrated golf Championships in the world. We are committed to serving as allies to women in golf, in business and in the communities where we live and work.

“Striving for pay equity and highlighting the achievements of successful women are critical components to this commitment and part of AIG’s core values. We are very pleased with today’s announcement as it represents an important step forward in raising the profile of women’s golf and the status of the AIG Women’s Open.

“We thank The R&A for their excellent partnership and I am confident that together we will continue to lead the way in achieving meaningful progress.”

In 2019, in AIG’s first year as title sponsor of the Championship the prize fund was increased by $1.25 million to $4.5 million, an increase of almost 40% on the previous year.

The prize fund for the 2021 AIG Women’s Open is set out below:

Place

USD

Place

USD

1

870,000

39

31,597

2

572,750

40

30,339

3

414,828

41

29,082

4

320,356

42

27,824

5

257,382

43

26,560

6

210,146

44

25,302

7

175,507

45

24,357

8

153,467

46

23,412

9

137,721

47

22,467

10

125,124

48

21,522

11

115,674

49

20,577

12

107,802

50

19,632

13

100,874

51

19,006

14

94,578

52

18,374

15

88,909

53

17,742

16

83,871

54

17,116

17

79,465

55

16,484

18

75,685

56

15,852

19

72,537

57

15,226

20

70,015

58

14,594

21

67,500

59

13,968

22

64,978

60

13,336

23

62,462

61

13,023

24

59,940

62

12,704

25

57,737

63

12,391

26

55,534

64

12,078

27

53,325

65

11,759

28

51,122

66

11,446

29

48,920

67

11,133

30

47,030

68

10,814

31

45,140

69

10,501

32

43,250

70

10,189

33

41,360

71

7,604

34

39,470

72

7,428

35

37,899

73

7,252

36

36,322

74

7,076

37

34,751

75

6,900

38

33,174

76

6,725


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