Baker, 19, earned her way into Muirfield by winning the 119th Women’s Amateur Championship at Hunstanton in Norfolk in June. A 4&3 win over Sweden’s Louise Rydqvist in the 36-hole final was sweeter because dad, Steve, caddied for her.
The Newcastle native, a member of Gosforth Park, attends the University of Central Florida and counts Andy Paisley, brother of European Tour pro Chris, as her coach.
“Playing in the AIG Women’s Open is something I've really wanted to do for a long time,” said Baker, who tees up with Dame Laura Davies in the first two rounds. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”
The Newcastle United fan entered the Women’s Amateur ranked 518th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® but triumphed for her biggest victory, also sealing invitations to the US Women’s Open, Amundi Evian Championship and, traditionally, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Anna Davis, USA
In April, Davis made an early name for herself in the amateur ranks at a famous venue. The Augusta National Women's Amateur concluded in dramatic fashion as 16-year-old Davis shot 70, 76, 69 to become the youngest champion in the event's history.
Davis, a sophomore in high school, overcame a two-stroke deficit with her final round of three-under-par 69. She was then ranked 100th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) but now sits inside the top 20 as she looks forward to Muirfield.
Savannah De Bock, Belgium
It proved a notable July for De Bock as she won the 2022 European Ladies' Amateur Championship at Golf de Saint-Germain. She entered the final round tied for the lead with England's Charlotte Heath and triumphed after a play-off.
The win was the biggest of the 16-year-old's young career and gave her an exemption to compete this week at Muirfield. De Bock also became just the second Belgian player to win the trophy and the first in 34 years.
Mizuki Hashimoto, Japan