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AIG Women’s British Open: Notable players not playing the weekend at Muirfield, including world No. 1

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With so much history at stake this weekend in Muirfield, missing the cut at the AIG Women’s British Open is just that little bit more. Not to mention that this is the last major of 2022.

It’s a long wait for the Chevron Championship next April.

World No. 1 Jin Young Ko tops the list, along with defending champion Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson and a host of other great players.

This is the first time female professionals have participated in Muirfield, one of the world’s most iconic clubs. A total of 65 players made the cut at 3.

Three-time big winner In Gee Chun, the field is running at 8 under.

Jin Young Ko (5 left)

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko putts on the second green during day one of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

This is the first missed cut at a major for Jin Young Ko since the 2018 AIG Women’s British Open. Ko shot 76-71 and finished in 5th place for the tournament, with three bogeys over the last four holes.

Lexi Thompson (10 left)

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Lexi Thompson of the United States plays her tee shot on the 1st hole during day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 5, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

After experiencing a heartbreak at the KPMG Women’s PGA, Lexi Thompson skipped the Amundi Evian Championship two weeks ago. At Muirfield, Thompson made a bogey on her last three holes en route to a closing 77. She made just two birdies over the course of two rounds, finishing with 10 left.

Anna Nordqvist (4+)

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Anna Nordqvist of Sweden tees off on the third hole during day one of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The 2021 AIG Women’s British Open champion came in the week and said she didn’t feel any pressure. Just wanted to enjoy the moment. Shooting just three birdies over the course of two rounds to finish 4th over for the tournament was certainly not what she had in mind.

Still, there is much to look forward to for Nordqvist, who will soon be hosting a wedding party in Scotland, having been postponed twice due to the pandemic.

Laura Davies (14 older)

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Laura Davies plays from a bunker during day one of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Dame Laura Davies has entered the Women’s British Open 42 times, a record. The 58-year-old finished with a shocking 10 on Friday 18 to shoot 81 and finish 14 for the tournament.

Davies is exempt from participating in the AIG until age 60, which happens to come in 2024 when the championship returns to the Old Course.

Ayaka Furue (4 left)

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Ayaka Furue of Japan performs her tee shot on the 1st hole during day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 5, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The form in which Ayaka Furue finished five days ago with a magical 62 to win her first LPGA title at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open did not last. The Japanese rookie made a bogey on the 18th to finish with 4 left.

Sophia Popov (4 over)

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Sophia Popov of Germany plays her tee shot on the 12th hole during day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 5, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The battle continues for 2020 AIG Women’s British Open champion Sophia Popov, who has not majored since the 2022 Chevron Championship. Popov took 37 putts in the first round and got a double bogey in the middle of the round on Friday. She shot 75-71.

Catriona Matthew (7 over)

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Scotland’s Catriona Matthew talks to her caddy during a practice round ahead of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 2, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Catriona Matthew grew up near Muirfield in North Berwick and volunteered as a child at several men’s British Opens at the historic club. The 2009 British Open champion hit the first tee shot on Thursday but never got it going, shooting 76-73 to finish at 7 over.

Patty Tavatana Kit (8 left)

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Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand tee off on the fifth hole during the Pro-Am ahead of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 3, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

After an emotional comeback at the Scottish Open last week, Patty Tavatanakit was unable to hold out at Muirfield. Two consecutive rounds of 75 left her well outside the cutline. The 2021 Chevron champion told the media through tears last week that she has struggled lately both on the golf course and in her personal life, and it has taken an emotional toll.

Sophia Schubert (9 over)

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Sophia Schubert of the United States tee off on the second hole during day one of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

It was a whirlwind couple of weeks for Sophia Schubert, who finished a career-best second in the Amundi Evian and then flew back to the US for a sponsorship deal at the PGA Tour stop in Detroit (Schubert didn’t field for the Scottish Open) .

Schubert hit two doubles and a triple in rounds of 79-72. Muirfield marked her third big start as a pro.

Ingrid Lindlbad (8 left)

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Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad looks on during day one of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 4, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

After a weekend in the US Women’s Open, Swedish amateur Ingrid Lindblad experienced a much calmer British Open. Lindblad took the field through Monday’s final qualifying event in North Berwick. The LSU player shot 74-76 to miss the cut for the third time in this championship.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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