Women's Australian Open
|Established||1974, 42 years ago|
|Course(s)||Royal Melbourne Golf Club (2015)|
|Length||6,173 m (6,751 yd)|
Ladies European Tour
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
|Prize fund||US$1.2 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||270 Karrie Webb (2000)|
|To par||−22 Karrie Webb (2000)|
The Women's Australian Open is a women's professional golf tournament played in Australia, operated by Golf Australia and the ALPG Tour, long co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET). Beginning with the 2012 event, it is also co-sanctioned by the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. In 2008, it was the second-richest women's golf tournament on the ALPG Tour, with a prize fund of A$500,000, and was raised to A$600,000 in 2010. With the co-sanctioning by the LPGA, the total purse was nearly doubled, and was also fixed in U.S. dollars. The purse was US$1.1 million in 2012, and increased again to its current level of US$1.2 million for 2013. Since 2011, the tournament's official name has been the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.
The Australian Ladies Open was originally founded in 1974 as a 54-hole event, but folded after 1978. It was resurrected in 1994 as the Women's Australian Open, this time as a 72-hole event. Annika Sörenstam won that year, which was her first professional win. It was also Karrie Webb's professional debut, and she would later win the event five times. Starting in 2000, the Ladies European Tour began co-sanctioning the tournament. Following the 2004 event, sponsorship difficulties caused the tournament to stop once again, but after a two-year hiatus the tournament returned in 2007. The Women's Australian Open usually moves between various courses around Australia, except from 1995 through 2002 when it was held at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne. The 2008 event was held at Kingston Heath Golf Club.
For several years after its return in 1994, the Women's Australian Open was played early in the ALPG schedule, usually in November. Starting in 2000, it was changed to be played at the end of the schedule in February near the ANZ Ladies Masters, to allow both tournaments to be part of the Ladies European Tour. Since the Women's Australian Open was played from 12–15 November 1998 during the 1998/1999 ALPG season, it was therefore not played during the 1999 calendar year.
The 2012 tournament was played at the Composite Course at Royal Melbourne, the championship course comprising 12 holes from the West course and six from the East course. The Composite Course is considered one of the top courses in the world, and was used for the Presidents Cup competitions in 1998 and 2011. Through 2011, a women's professional competition had never been held on it; the 2012 Women's Australian Open was the first. The event was won by Jessica Korda after an historic six-player playoff, only the second in ALPG history. Korda holed a 25-foot (8 m) birdie putt on the second playoff hole to claim her first LPGA Tour victory.
- 1974: Wills Australian Ladies Open
- 1975–78: Wills Qantas Australian Ladies Open
- 1994–96: Holden Women's Australian Open
- 1997: Toyota Women's Australian Open
- 1998–2004: AAMI Women's Australian Open
- 2007–08: MFS Women's Australian Open
- 2009: Women's Australian Open
- 2010: Handa Women's Australian Open
- 2011–present: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
2015 course layout
|2015||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||283 (−9)||Royal Melbourne Golf Club||US$1,200,000||US$180,000|
|2014||Karrie Webb||Australia||276 (−12)||Victoria Golf Club||1,200,000||180,000|
|2013||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||274 (−18)||Royal Canberra Golf Club||1,200,000||180,000|
|2012||Jessica Korda||United States||289 (−3)PO||Royal Melbourne Golf Club||1,100,000||165,000|
|2011||Yani Tseng||Taiwan||276 (−16)||Commonwealth Golf Club||A$600,000||A$90,000|
|2010||Yani Tseng||Taiwan||283 (−9)||Commonwealth Golf Club||600,000||90,000|
|2009||Laura Davies||England||285 (−7)||Metropolitan Golf Club||500,000||75,000|
|2008||Karrie Webb||Australia||284 (−8)PO||Kingston Heath Golf Club||500,000||75,000|
|2007||Karrie Webb||Australia||278 (−10)||Royal Sydney Golf Club||500,000||75,000|
|2005–06: Not played|
|2004||Laura Davies||England||283 (−5)||Concord Golf Club||550,000||82,500|
|2003||Mhairi McKay||Scotland||277 (−11)||Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club||500,000||75,000|
|2002||Karrie Webb||Australia||278 (−10)PO||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||500,000||75,000|
|2001||Sophie Gustafson||Sweden||276 (−12)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||400,000||60,000|
|2000||Karrie Webb||Australia||270 (−22)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||350,000||52,500|
|1999||Tournament moved from November (1998) to February (2000)|
|1998||Marnie McGuire||New Zealand||280 (−12)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||350,000||52,500|
|1997||Jane Crafter||Australia||279 (−13)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||350,000||52,500|
|1996||Catriona Matthew||Scotland||283 (−9)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||300,000||45,000|
|1995||Liselotte Neumann||Sweden||283 (−9)||Yarra Yarra Golf Club||250,000||37,500|
|1994||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||286 (−10)||Royal Adelaide Golf Club||200,000||30,000|
|1979–93: Not played|
|1978||Debbie Austin||United States||213||Manly Golf Club||15,000|
|1977||Jan Stephenson||Australia||145||Manly Golf Club||15,000|
|1976||Donna Caponi Young||United States||206||Victoria Golf Club||15,000|
|1975||JoAnne Carner||United States||228||The Australian Golf Club||15,000|
|1974||Chako Higuchi||Japan||219||Victoria Golf Club||10,000|
Notes and references
- "2015 ISPS Handa Australian Open Course Map" (PDF). Golf Australia. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Brief History Of The Women's Australian Open". Archived from the original on 6 April 2001.
- Stone, Peter (31 May 2006). "Bridges built for women's Open". The Age Company. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
- "Women's Australian Open for Melbourne". AAP. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
- "Past Tournament Detail". Retrieved 9 June 2007.
- "2012 Women's Australian Open - tournament preview". LPGA. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Korda claims title". Golf Australia. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Final results: 2012 Australian Open" (PDF). Golf Australia. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "Jessica Korda wins Women's Australian Open". USA Today. AP. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Australian Open". Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). 11 December 1994. p. 3C. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Shortened to 36 holes due to rain.
- Official website
- Coverage on the LPGA Tour's official site
- Coverage on the Ladies European Tour's official site
- Coverage on the Ladies ALPG Tour's official site