AIG has reaffirmed its commitment to women’s golf by extending its partnership with The R&A as title sponsor of the AIG Women’s Open through 2030.
Since 2019, The R&A and AIG have focused on elevating women’s golf, and the AIG Women’s Open in particular, by showcasing the elite athletes who compete in this renowned major championship on a global stage.
The partnership between The R&A and AIG has also put a spotlight on showing leadership in supporting the women athletes financially and through the selection of world-class golf courses as host venues.
The total prize fund for the AIG Women’s Open has increased significantly since AIG became the title sponsor in 2019.
At this year’s Championship at Walton Heath, the total prize fund will be $9 million, a 23% increase on 2022.
The 2023 champion will earn $1.35m.
Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A said:
Peter Zaffino, Chairman & CEO of AIG said:
It was also announced today that the AIG Women’s Open will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2026, continuing the plan to take the Championship to world-class venues.
The 2026 AIG Women's Open will mark the sixth time that Royal Lytham has hosted the Championship with some of the biggest names in women’s golf having won their titles across the famed layout, including Georgia Hall (2018), Catriona Matthew (2009), Annika Sorenstam (2003) and Sherri Steinhauer, whose 2006 win was the last of her three titles.
Royal Lytham has also hosted The Open on 11 occasions, the first being in 1926 when Bobby Jones won as an amateur.
The AIG Women’s Open will showcase women in sport, business and entertainment, with fans attending this year’s Championship set to enjoy world-class golf, live music entertainment and a new festival fan village designed to generate a fun, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
For the very first time, live music will feature as part of a new, enhanced fan experience with global superstar Ellie Goulding performing a headline set on Saturday 12 August.
For information on the AIG Women’s Open or to purchase tickets, please visit www.aigwomensopen.com
How the AIG Women’s Open prize fund has grown since AIG became the title sponsor in 2019:
- 2023 - $9 million
- 2022 - $7.3 million
- 2021 - $5.8 million
- 2020 - $4.5 million
- 2019 - $4.5 million
- 2018 - $3.25million