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Round 4 - In-Kyung Kim wins first Major

August 06, 2017
In-Kyung Kim of Korea during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

In-Kyung Kim of South Korea won the Ricoh Women’s British Open for her first major title at Kingsbarns Golf Links near St Andrews on Sunday, but it was far from the procession that many had predicted.

Kim began the day with a six-stroke lead after posting a record 54-hole total of 17-under-par, but England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff came storming through the field with a women’s course-record equalling eight-under-par 64 to set the clubhouse target at 16-under and get within two strokes of the leader.

Kim, normally known for her incredible putting, birdied the first and eighth holes but her momentum stalled with a three-putt bogey on the ninth hole and she came back with nine pars to win by two strokes.

With rounds of 65, 68, 66 and 71, the 29-year-old from Seoul finished with a total of 18-under-par 270 to claim her fourth Ladies European Tour title and her 10th professional win in total, worth £387,996.

Ewart Shadoff was delighted with her career best finish after posting eight birdies in damp and rainy conditions. The 29-year-old, originally from Yorkshire, picked up her first stroke at the second and then made five straight birdies from the sixth hole, before making further gains at the 13th and 17th.

She said: “I didn’t think starting the day that I would have a shot. IK was way ahead, and I just started out really strong. Holed a great putt on the first hole, which I think set the tone for the day, for par, and then just my putting was really on fire. I had a great stretch in the middle of the round to get me going. I just saw myself at the start of the round just take the opportunities when I get them and that’s what I did.

“I’ve really just been able to control my ball flight in the wind. It helped last week at The Scottish Open with the wind and the conditions. I’ve been working with David Leadbetter for a couple years now, and he’s really just helped me understand my swing better and control my ball flight. I think this week, the key was putting. I just holed a lot of putts and I’m feeling really confident.”

England’s Georgia Hall also sealed her Solheim Cup spot with a tie for third place, alongside Michelle Wie and Caroline Masson on 13-under. Wie made seven birdies in her first 12 holes but faded with a bogey at the 17th.

Hall, 21, from Bournemouth, said: “I’m very happy really. Tied third is more than kind of what I expected. I kind of think 16 and 17 yesterday killed me for the chances of winning it. But I tried my best today. The weather was terrible. There was a lot of rain and stuff, and I had to cope with that. I played good golf this week. I think some shots could have been better. I made a couple of silly mistakes but coming third and still playing well, yeah, that’s the main thing.”

England’s Sophie Lamb won the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur, after rounds of 69, 71, 73 and 69 for a total of six-under-par, to share 30th position. The 19-year-old from Clitheroe Golf Club in Lancashire credited her boyfriend, the noted amateur golfer Marco Penge, who was on her bag.

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 In-Kyung KIM 65 68 66 71 -18 270 € 431,179.82
2 Jodi EWART SHADOFF 67 70 71 64 -16 272 € 278,136.12
T3 Michelle WIE 64 76 69 66 -13 275 € 161,160.30
T3 Caroline MASSON 69 72 67 67 -13 275 € 161,160.30
T3 Georgia HALL 68 67 70 70 -13 275 € 161,160.30

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Round 3 - Kim posts lowest third-round total in tournament history

August 05, 2017
In-Kyung Kim of Korea thanks the gallery during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Ladies European Tour Member In-Kyung Kim was unshakeable as she made six birdies in a third round of 66 at Kingsbarns Golf Links on Saturday to post a third-round total of 199, 17-under-par, the lowest in the history of the Ricoh Women’s British Open since it became a Major.

The world number 21 from South Korea bettered by one-stroke the record 54-hole total set by the 2016 champion Ariya Jutanugarn 12 months earlier at Woburn.

In so doing, the 29-year-old from Seoul will take a six-stroke lead into the final round on Sunday, which equals the largest 54-hole lead in the championship, held by Lorena Ochoa in 2007, who went on to claim the title on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Georgia Hall and Moriya Jutanugarn, the elder sister of last year’s champion, are in joint second position after rounds of 67 and 70 respectively, while the 2015 champion Inbee Park, who equalled the women’s course record with a 64, is tied for fourth place a stroke further back with Ally McDonald. The 2013 champion, Stacy Lewis, is placed sixth on nine-under, with a large group on eight-under including last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open champion Mi Hyang Lee and European Solheim Cup team prospects Mel Reid, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson.

Kim started the day with a two-stroke lead over Georgia Hall and Lexi Thompson, but was never caught in the third round of the championship.

Hall came closest when she made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 first hole to pull within a stroke of the leader, but even when she drove the green at the 290-yard par-four fifth and made a 12-foot putt for eagle, she was still two behind Kim, who had birdied the second and then proceeded to make three birdies in a row from the fifth hole.

Hall then found trouble at the ninth, when she played her second shot into thick rough beyond green and was forced to play a tricky chip from a difficult lie, whereas Kim birdied holes 11 and 12.

The 21-year-old from Bournemouth kept herself in the hunt with three birdies in a row from the 13th but then dropped a shot on 16 after finding a greenside bunker. She then slipped six behind with four-putts on the 17th green for a double bogey.

Hall said: “I wasn’t nervous at all today, which I was a bit surprised. I thought I would be, especially going out late this morning. I hit it better than yesterday. I just made a few silly mistakes with putting but I was happy to get an eagle and you never know. Something might happen tomorrow. Hope to get off to a good start.

“She kept holing putt after putt, and I thought, when is this going to stop? But she just carried on. All credit to her. Hopefully I’ll have some more putts drop tomorrow.”

With a late tee time of 2.45pm, Kim again had to contend with several heavy showers throughout her third round, but as usual, she was calmness personified. She said: “I really enjoyed the golf course and everything and it’s just a bonus when it doesn’t rain as much.”

Kim claimed her sixth LPGA title a fortnight ago and has three additional victories on the LET, but winning a Major championship would be redemption for throwing away the ANA Inspiration, after she missed a one foot putt on the final hole and then lost in a play-off.

Since then, she has been working on getting her mind in the right place. “Sometimes things don’t go the way I want it but that’s not something I can control, but I will try to focus on what I can control and enjoy and have some fun, too,” she said.

She compared golf to music. “You don’t want to listen to happy music all the time. You want to have some highlights, so that’s how I look at life now.”

She added that she has an eclectic music taste and is especially a fan of jazz, classical (Chopin) and the Beatles.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
In-Kyung KIM
-17
65
68
66
199
2
Georgia HALL
-11
68
67
70
205
2
Moriya JUTANUGARN
-11
70
68
67
205
4
Ally MCDONALD
-10
68
68
70
206
4
Inbee PARK
-10
72
70
64
206
6
Stacy LEWIS
-9
70
72
65
207
7
Angel YIN
-8
72
67
69
208
7
Mel REID
-8
67
72
69
208
7
Jodi EWART SHADOFF
-8
67
70
71
208
7
Jaye Marie GREEN
-8
68
73
67
208
7
Caroline MASSON
-8
69
72
67
208
7
Mi Hyang LEE
-8
70
71
67
208

Round 2 - Kim battles rainy conditions to take 2-shot lead

August 04, 2017
In-Kyung Kim, R2 RICOH Women's British Open

Playing through torrential rain, In-Kyung Kim returned a second round of 68 at Kingsbarns Golf Links on Friday evening to take a two-stroke lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Kim went to the turn in one-under-par but eagled the long 11th to move one stroke clear of the clubhouse leaders, Georgia Hall and Lexi Thompson. She then birdied the par-4 17th during a particularly heavy downpour to extend her lead at the championship’s halfway stage.

The world number 21 claimed her sixth LPGA title a fortnight ago, a year after winning for the third time on the LET at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, in Germany.

She said: “I really didn’t know what I was shooting. I just wanted to play in my own time, because it was really hard, especially on the last three or four holes when it was pouring down. I just had to move forward.”

She added that her eagle on 11 was “unexpected”, as her drive ran downhill leaving her 206 yards to the front and she dribbled a 5-wood up to within 20 feet, before draining the putt.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
In-Kyung KIM
-11
65
68
133
2
Lexi THOMPSON
-9
67
68
135
2
Georgia HALL
-9
68
67
135
4
Ally MCDONALD
-8
68
68
136
5
Jodi EWART SHADOFF
-7
67
70
137
5
Chella CHOI
-7
67
70
137
5
Mo MARTIN
-7
70
67
137
5
Ha-Na JANG
-7
69
68
137
9
Anna NORDQVIST
-6
68
70
138
9
Moriya JUTANUGARN
-6
70
68
138
9
Thidapa SUWANNAPURA
-6
71
67
138
9
Megan KHANG
-6
69
69
138
9
Shanshan FENG
-6
71
67
138

Round 1 - Wie takes opening lead with course record 64

August 03, 2017
Michelle Wie of the USA during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Michelle Wie shot a women’s course record eight-under-par 64 in fair conditions at Kingsbarns Golf Links on Thursday morning to take a one stroke lead at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Wie, who is looking to make her fifth Solheim Cup appearance for the United States team in Des Moines, Iowa, later this month, is a stroke ahead of South Korean In-Kyung Kim, who won the Marathon Classic on the LPGA Tour a fortnight ago, with Lindy Duncan from the United States a stroke further behind in third position.

Solheim Cup Captain Annika Sorenstam had reason to be cheerful when she arrived in Scotland on Thursday afternoon, with seven Europeans in the top 15 places.

The Britons were especially inspired, with English pair Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff tied for fourth place on five-under-par, alongside Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands, Chella Choi of South Korea and Lexi Thompson of the United States.

Dame Laura Davies, who qualified for her 37th consecutive appearance in the championship on Monday, was in vintage form as she shot a 68 for a share of ninth position with compatriots Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, Swede Anna Nordqvist and American trio Ally McDonald, Morgan Pressel and Jaye Marie Green.

Davies had been six-under through 14 holes before the first of two weather delays, due to the threat of lightning, but after a torrential downpour and a one-hour suspension, she double bogeyed the 15th and then dropped another shot at the 16th only to birdie the 18th hole.

Hall, the European Solheim Cup rankings leader, also had to deal with the weather delay. She was bogey-free with four birdies on the front nine, at the third, fifth, eighth and ninth holes. She is looking to carry her strong form across from last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, where she tied for ninth place in challenging conditions.

Her first round felt like a breeze by comparison and she said: “It felt like no wind to me. Last week was a four-club wind every day. I don’t mind the wind, but it does make things easier when there’s not as much.

“I love links golf, and it was good to play well today. I played really steady. I hit every fairway, so that kind of made things a little bit easier for me.”

Hull made three birdies on the front nine and eagled the long 11th, hitting a rescue club from 250 yards up to six feet from the flag. She made another gain on the 15th to reach six-under-par, but dropped shots on 16 and 17. “I was pretty happy about my round. Shame about the three-putt on 17 and 16, but I actually hit good shots into the greens there, just three-putted as the greens were a bit slow because the rain came in,” she said.

Meanwhile, Reid, who claimed her sixth LET title at the Vic Open earlier this year, took advantage of the ideal conditions with seven birdies early in the day.

“You’re not going to get Kingsbarns much tamer than that, so it was important to take advantage of that this morning,” she said. “I’ve hit one bad putt all day, which was on 16, I just looked up a little early, which I tend to do. But yeah, I felt me and Kev have done a lot of good work the last few days, and I’ve felt like I’ve been striking it really well and been rolling my putts well.”

There was no doubt that Wie, known as “The Big Wiesy,” lived up to her star billing on the first day, with nine birdies and just one dropped shot on her card.

The 2014 US Women’s Open champion said afterwards: “It was a lot of fun! It was absolutely gorgeous today. I think Kingsbarns is definitely one of the most scenic golf courses I’ve ever played.”

Her previous best finish in the Ricoh Women’s British Open was when she tied for third at Royal Birkdale as an amateur aged 15 and she was determined to gain some links experience ahead of this Major championship week. “I made it a point to come to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open last week and I really feel like that helped me a lot, because it’s so different,” she said.

A winner of four LPGA titles from 2009-2014, the 27-year-old from Honolulu has suffered a series of injuries over the last two years and hurt her neck during the final round of the KPMG Championship a month ago, but hinted that she is now injury free, “knock-on-wood.”

Talking of woods, she revealed in her press conference that she had swapped her 4-iron for a 9-wood, which she used to birdie the 14th and 16th holes and has replaced her 5-iron with an 11-wood, which she used to make her birdie on the sixth hole.

When asked why she had opted for the higher lofted woods, she quipped: “I think it’s just getting old!” but she also added that she hopes her best years are ahead.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Michelle Wie
-8
64
2
In-Kyung Kim
-7
65
T3
Marissa Steen
-5
67
T3
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
67
T3
Lexi Thompson
-5
67
T3
Anne Van Dam
-5
67
T3
Chella Choi
-5
67
T3
Mel Reid
-5
67
T9
Charley Hull
-4
68
T9
Georgia Hall
-4
68
T9
Laura Davies
-4
68
T9
Jaye Marie Green
-4
68
T9
Anna Nordqvist
-4
68
T9
Morgan Pressel
-4
68
T9
Ally McDonald
-4
68

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 In-Kyung KIM 65 68 66 71 -18 270 € 431,179.82
2 Jodi EWART SHADOFF 67 70 71 64 -16 272 € 278,136.12
T3 Michelle WIE 64 76 69 66 -13 275 € 161,160.30
T3 Caroline MASSON 69 72 67 67 -13 275 € 161,160.30
T3 Georgia HALL 68 67 70 70 -13 275 € 161,160.30
6 Jenny SHIN 70 69 70 67 -12 276 € 102,787.58
T7 Shanshan FENG 71 67 72 67 -11 277 € 72,712.85
T7 Anna NORDQVIST 68 70 72 67 -11 277 € 72,712.85
T7 Hyo-Joo KIM 70 71 68 68 -11 277 € 72,712.85
T7 Stacy LEWIS 70 72 65 70 -11 277 € 72,712.85
T11 Lexi THOMPSON 67 68 74 69 -10 278 € 53,448.13
T11 Angel YIN 72 67 69 70 -10 278 € 53,448.13
T11 Inbee PARK 72 70 64 72 -10 278 € 53,448.13
T14 Lizette SALAS 69 70 73 67 -9 279 € 45,530.35
T14 Ai SUZUKI 71 69 69 70 -9 279 € 45,530.35
T16 Sung Hyun PARK 72 70 70 68 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Jennifer SONG 69 72 70 69 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Paula CREAMER 71 70 70 69 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Charley HULL 68 71 71 70 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Sei Young KIM 70 69 71 70 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Ally MCDONALD 68 68 70 74 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T16 Moriya JUTANUGARN 70 68 67 75 -8 280 € 36,677.14
T23 Fumika KAWAGISHI 73 70 72 66 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Jane PARK 69 71 73 68 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Wei Ling HSU 71 70 72 68 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Azahara MUNOZ 69 73 69 70 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Carlota CIGANDA 74 67 69 71 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Karine ICHER 70 70 69 72 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T23 Mi Hyang LEE 70 71 67 73 -7 281 € 28,040.96
T30 Jacqui CONCOLINO 72 71 74 65 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Sophie LAMB 69 71 73 69 -6 282
T30 Amy YANG 70 73 70 69 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Yani TSENG 71 71 70 70 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Su OH 74 69 69 70 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Chella CHOI 67 70 72 73 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Ashleigh BUHAI 69 73 67 73 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Mel REID 67 72 69 74 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T30 Jaye Marie GREEN 68 73 67 74 -6 282 € 20,823.82
T39 Sun Young YOO 71 72 73 67 -5 283 € 16,179.26
T39 Brittany LINCICOME 71 71 71 70 -5 283 € 16,179.26
T39 Anne VAN DAM 67 72 72 72 -5 283 € 16,179.26
T39 Mi Jung HUR 70 71 68 74 -5 283 € 16,179.26
T43 In Gee CHUN 69 73 75 67 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T43 Marina ALEX 74 68 73 69 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T43 Alison LEE 71 70 72 71 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T43 Tiffany JOH 70 70 72 72 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T43 So Yeon RYU 71 72 68 73 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T43 Pernilla LINDBERG 69 71 70 74 -4 284 € 13,248.01
T49 Candie KUNG 72 71 72 70 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Morgan PRESSEL 68 75 71 71 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Ha-Na JANG 69 68 76 72 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Sandra GAL 72 70 70 73 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Brittany ALTOMARE 69 73 70 73 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Megan KHANG 69 69 73 74 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Brooke HENDERSON 70 70 71 74 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Mo MARTIN 70 67 73 75 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Cydney CLANTON 70 70 70 75 -3 285 € 10,100.62
T49 Leona MAGUIRE 69 71 70 75 -3 285
T59 Lydia KO 73 70 73 70 -2 286 € 8,223.24
T59 Laura DAVIES 68 74 72 72 -2 286 € 8,223.24
T59 Cristie KERR 69 71 71 75 -2 286 € 8,223.24
62 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 70 72 70 75 -1 287 € 7,614.48
T63 Laura DIAZ 71 72 75 70 E 288 € 7,081.27
T63 Laura GONZALEZ ESCALLON 71 71 73 73 E 288 € 7,081.27
T63 Madelene SAGSTROM 73 70 72 73 E 288 € 7,081.27
T63 Katherine KIRK 73 69 72 74 E 288 € 7,081.27
T63 Hee Kyung BAE 72 71 70 75 E 288 € 7,081.27
T63 Ayako UEHARA 70 70 71 77 E 288 € 7,081.27
T69 Haru NOMURA 71 69 78 71 1 289 € 6,395.72
T69 Klara SPILKOVA 71 72 75 71 1 289 € 6,395.72
T69 Eun-Hee JI 69 73 74 73 1 289 € 6,395.72
72 Prima THAMMARAKS 71 70 75 74 2 290 € 6,091.96
73 Thidapa SUWANNAPURA 71 67 78 75 3 291 € 6,015.78
74 Sally WATSON 72 69 75 76 4 292 € 5,937.75
T75 Marissa STEEN 67 74 80 72 5 293 € 5,823.96
T75 Yukari NISHIYAMA 70 72 77 74 5 293 € 5,823.96
77 My LEANDER 71 70 77 79 9 297
CUT
T78 Florentyna PARKER 76 68 E 144
T78 Nelly KORDA 74 70 E 144
T78 Jing YAN 72 72 E 144
T78 Marianne SKARPNORD 72 72 E 144
T78 Felicity JOHNSON 74 70 E 144
T78 Austin ERNST 73 71 E 144
T78 Suzann PETTERSEN 73 71 E 144
T78 Lindy DUNCAN 66 78 E 144
T86 Gerina PILLER 69 76 1 145
T86 Minjee LEE 72 73 1 145
T86 Karolin LAMPERT 73 72 1 145
T86 Min-Young2 LEE 72 73 1 145
T86 Christine WOLF 72 73 1 145
T86 Atthaya THITIKUL 74 71 1 145
T86 Sarah-Jane SMITH 75 70 1 145
T86 Jeong-Eun LEE 70 75 1 145
T94 Mirim LEE 78 68 2 146
T94 Olivia COWAN 78 68 2 146
T94 Whitney HILLIER 71 75 2 146
T94 Jenny HAGLUND 72 74 2 146
T94 Noora TAMMINEN 73 73 2 146
T94 Angela STANFORD 73 73 2 146
T94 Brittany LANG 73 73 2 146
T94 Catriona MATTHEW 76 70 2 146
T94 Ai MIYAZATO 72 74 2 146
T94 Lee-Anne PACE 73 73 2 146
T94 Isi GABSA 73 73 2 146
T105 Alena SHARP 71 76 3 147
T105 Olivia MEHAFFEY 72 75 3 147
T105 Danielle KANG 72 75 3 147
T105 Kelly SHON 71 76 3 147
T105 Lydia HALL 77 70 3 147
T105 Leticia RAS-ANDERICA 73 74 3 147
T105 Stacey PETERS 74 73 3 147
T105 Karrie WEBB 75 72 3 147
T105 Camilla LENNARTH 74 73 3 147
T105 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 71 76 3 147
T105 Amelia LEWIS 72 75 3 147
T116 Ariya JUTANUGARN 71 77 4 148
T116 Pamela PRETSWELL 72 76 4 148
T116 Pornanong PHATLUM 74 74 4 148
T116 Joanna KLATTEN 75 73 4 148
T116 Nicole GARCIA 75 73 4 148
T116 Min LEE 74 74 4 148
T116 Kotone HORI 74 74 4 148
T116 Becky MORGAN 74 74 4 148
T116 Eun Jeong SEONG 73 75 4 148
T116 Simin FENG 74 74 4 148
T116 Pei-Yun CHIEN 72 76 4 148
T127 Ryann O TOOLE 71 78 5 149
T127 Nuria ITURRIOS 77 72 5 149
T127 Kim KAUFMAN 78 71 5 149
T127 Beth ALLEN 75 74 5 149
T127 Carly BOOTH 76 73 5 149
T132 Olafia KRISTINSDOTTIR 75 75 6 150
T132 Aditi ASHOK 76 74 6 150
T132 Vikki LAING 75 75 6 150
T132 Gaby LOPEZ 71 79 6 150
T132 Ursula WIKSTROM 75 75 6 150
137 Kylie HENRY 75 76 7 151
T138 Holly CLYBURN 77 75 8 152
T138 Lina BOQVIST 73 79 8 152
140 Annabel DIMMOCK 76 78 10 154
141 Tonje DAFFINRUD 80 75 11 155
T142 Hannah BURKE 78 78 12 156
T142 Heather MACRAE 72 84 12 156

Preview

DATES: August 03-06
SITE: Kingsbarns Links, Fife, Scotland
PRIZE MONEY: $3,250,000
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World's best players take to Kingsbarns

For the first time in its 42-year history, the Ricoh Women’s British Open takes to Scotland’s Kingsbarns Golf Links, bringing the major championship back to St Andrews and the Home of Golf. While this is the first time the world’s best female golfers will visit Kingsbarns, the course, which sits just six miles southeast of the Old Course, is no stranger to hosting elite-level golf. Since 2011, Kingbarns has joined the Old Course and Carnoustie as host courses of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and counts Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie and Martin Kaymer among its champions.

The Ricoh Women’s British Open is in its 18th year as an LPGA major championship. In 2016, Ariya Jutanugarn captured her breakthrough first major victory at England’s Woburn Golf and Country Club, where she took a three-stroke win over Mirim Lee and Mo Martin. It was the fourth of Jutanugarn’s five victories in 2016, and made her first player from Thailand, male or female, to win a major championship.

This week is the culmination of 12 consecutive weeks of play on the LPGA Tour. It also marks the final event before the USA and Europe teams are named for the 2017 Solheim Cup.

What you need to know about the RICOH Women's British Open

• Catriona Matthew is the only player from Scotland to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open; she won the 2009 championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, which will again host the event in 2018
• Since the Ricoh Women’s British Open became a major in 2001, three Americans have won the title: Sherri Steinhauer (2006, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, England); Stacy Lewis (2013, the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland); and Mo Martin (2014, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, England)
• The great Japanese player Ai Miyazato has received a special exemption into the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open in honor of her impending retirement from professional golf, expected at the end of the 2017 LPGA season
• Dame Laura Davies advanced through Monday’s final qualifier, surviving a sudden-death playoff to earn a berth in her record 37th Ricoh Women’s British Open appearance





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