The LPGA Tour continues its swing through Australia this week, setting out its stall at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide for a tournament featuring 144 women and not one man.
Unlike last week's groundbreaking ISPS Handa Vic Open at Barwon Heads, in which the women contested a tournament alongside a separate men’s event on two courses at 13th Beach Golf Links, the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is a conventional one-course, one-gender event.
So we’re very much back in familiar territory. There are gallery ropes at The Grange, for example, dogs aren't allowed on the course, and children carrying animal-shaped balloons – such as the little face-painted girl whose balloon-dog exploded just as Spain’s Azahara Muñoz was putting for birdie at Barwon Heads on Sunday – will be politely discouraged from getting too close to the action.
The Women’s Australian Open has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour since 2012, and by the Ladies European Tour for several years before that, and it boasts an illustrious list of past champions incl...
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