Seasons 4th Major up for grabs for pro-lady golfers

[Wednesday, August 01, 2018 07:16:48]

We wish South African golfers Ashleigh Buhai and Lee-Anne Pace all the best for this weekend as they compete in the Ricoh Women’s British Open which comes to Lancashire, England, and Royal Lytham and St Annes for the fourth time in it's Major history.

Newly minted Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn and defending champion In-Kyung Kim headline the field of 144 players who hope to master the elements and capture the prestigious title. Kim would join Yani Tseng as the only players to win consecutive Women’s British Open titles since the event joined the major ranks in 2001, while Jutanugarn, the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open champion, could come the first player to win the U.S. and British major titles in the same season. 

Nineteen of the top 20 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings have made their way to Lancashire to compete this week on a course that dates to 1897. Host country England hopes to see its first winner since Karen Stupples took the title in 2004, with 2017 runner-up Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Bronte Law and Mel Reid leading the charge.

This week’s winner will become eligible to win the 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, which is bestowed upon the player with the season’s most outstanding major championship performance. She will join Pernilla Lindberg (ANA Inspiration), Jutanugarn (U.S. Women’s Open) and Sung Hyun Park (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship), with the award decided following the season’s final major, The Evian Championship. Past winners are Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2015), Lydia Ko (2016) and So Yeon Ryu (2017).

Credit: The LPGA