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DATES:  Thursday, July 29th through Sunday, August 1st
SITE:  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
COURSE ARCHITECT:  George Low (1897), Fred Hawtree and J.H. Taylor (1922)
PAR:  72
YARDAGE:  6,465
Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 425 yds 10 - Par 4 351 yds
2 - Par 4 393 yds 11 - Par 4 348 yds
3 - Par 4 369 yds 12 - Par 3 155 yds
4 - Par 3 175 yds 13 - Par 4 417 Yds
5 - Par 4 312 yds 14 - Par 3 153 yds
6 - Par 5 471 yds 15 - Par 5 495 yds
7 - Par 3 136 yds 16 - Par 4 354 yds
8 - Par 4 391 yds 17 - Par 5 504 yds
9 - Par 4 396 yds 18 - Par 5 461 yds
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35 3,068 yds 37 3,397 yds
Annual: 34th
Defending Champion: Catriona Matthew
Runner-Up: Karrie Webb
Tournament Record: 269 (Karrie Webb, 1997 - 19-under-par - Par 72)
269 (Karen Stupples, 2004 - 19-under-par - Par 72)
275 (Karen Lunn, 1993 - 17-under-par - Par 73)
54-Hole Record: 198 (Karrie Webb, 1997 - 18-under-par - Par 72
205 (Emilee Klein, 1996 - 14-under-par - Par 73)
36-Hole Record: 134 (Jeong Jang, 2005 - 10-under-par - Par 72)
(Yuri Fudoh, 2008 - 10-under-par - Par 72)
(Jiyai Shin, 2008 - 10-under-par - Par 72)
134 (Emilee Klein, 1996 - 12-under-par - Par 73)
18-Hole Record: 62 (Minea Blomqvist, 2004 - Sunningdale Golf Club)
Total Purse: $2,500,000
Shares: 1st Place - $370,000; 2nd Place - $225,000; 3rd Place - $165,000
2009 Finish
Player Score Player Score
Catriona Matthew 285 Christina Kim 289
Karrie Webb 288 Kristy McPherson 290
Hee-Won Han 289 Cristie Kerr 291
Paula Creamer 289 Na Yeon Choi 291
Ai Miyazato 289 Jiyai Shin 291
Past RICOH Women's British Open Winners
Year Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009 Catriona Matthew (285) -- Karrie Webb
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2008 Jiyai Shin (270) -- Yani Tseng
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2007 Lorena Ochoa (287) -- Jee Young Lee, Maria Hjorth
(St. Andrew's Golf Club - Old Course)
2006 Sherri Steinhauer (281) -- Cristie Kerr, Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2005 Jeong Jang (272) -- Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
2004 Karen Stupples (269) -- Rachel Hetherington
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2003 Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Se Ri Pak
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2002 Karrie Webb (273) -- Michelle Ellis, Paula Marti
(Turnberry Golf Club - Ailsa Course)
2001 Se Ri Pak (277) -- Mi Hyun Kim
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2000 Sophie Gustafson (282) -- K.Taylor, L.Neumann, B.Iverson, Meg Mallon
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1999 Sherri Steinhauer (283) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1998 Sherri Steinhauer (292) -- Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
1997 Karrie Webb (269) -- Rosie Jones
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
1996 Emilee Klein (277) -- Penny Hammel, Amy Alcott
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1995 Karrie Webb (278) -- Jill McGill, Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1994 Liselotte Neumann (280) -- Dottie Pepper, Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1993 Karen Lunn (275) -- Brandie Burton
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1992 #Patty Sheehan (207) -- Corinne Dibnah
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1991 Penny Grice-Whittaker (284) -- Helen Alfredsson
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1990 *Helen Alfredsson (288) -- Jane Hill
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1989 Jane Geddes (274) -- Florence Descampe
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1988 *Corinne Dibnah (295) -- Sally Little
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1987 Alison Nicholas (296) -- Laura Davies, Muffin Spencer-Devlin
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1986 Laura Davies (283) -- Marta Figueras-Dotti, P.Conley
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1985 Betsy King (300) -- Marta Figueras-Dotti
(Moor Park Golf Club)
1984 Ayako Okamoto (289)
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1983 Not Held
1982 Marta Figueras-Dotti (296)
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1981 Debbie Massey (295)
(Northumberland Golf Club)
1980 Debbie Massey (294)
(Wentworth Club)
1979 Allison Sheard (301)
(Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club)
1978 Janet Melville (310)
(Foxhills Golf & Country Club)
1977 Vivien Saunders (306)
(Lindrick Golf Club)
1976 Jenny Lee-Smith (299)
(Fulford Golf Club)
* - Won in Playoff
# - Rain Shortened
Note: Formerly called Ladies British Open Championship (1976-86);
Weetabix Women's British Open (1987-2006).

 

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