The Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which features over 70 of the world’s top female amateurs, is taking place this week at Augusta National Golf Club. The first 36 holes were played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday, with the entire field then getting to play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday. Only the top 30 and ties from the first two days made the cut and get to feature in the final round, which also takes place at Augusta National and on the same course where the opening major of the year will take place the following week.
Sky Sports is showing live coverage from all three rounds for the first time, with the final round being live on Saturday from 5pm. All three rounds are live on Sky Sports Golf as part of a triple-header of live golf this week, with each day also available for free on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel. The tournament is a showcase of the future stars of the women’s game, with defending champion Anna Davis, amateur world No 1 Rose Zhang and a six-strong British contingent all featuring.
Augusta National is celebrated as one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world and has only recently made moves towards gender inclusivity by hosting this tournament. Last year, Anna Davis won the event, with the final round being suspended due to bad weather.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur is a valuable opportunity for young women to showcase their talent on an international stage, as the tournament has a significant amount of media coverage from international sports networks such as Sky Sports. This year’s tournament is particularly significant as it comes in a year of increased awareness of inequality in the world of sport, with gender equality remaining a key issue. Augusta National’s decision to host a women’s tournament is an important step towards providing young female golfers with equal opportunities to further their careers in the sport.