Ricoh Women’s British Open at Hoylake is the Final Major of the Year for LPGAWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
With the PGA Tour taking a break this week prior to next week’s last stop in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Tour Championship, most of the golf world will be focused on the final major tournament of the year for the ladies, the Ricoh Women’s British Open to be held at historic Royal Liverpool at Hoylake Golf Club.
This will be the first time that Royal Liverpool Golf Club has hosted the Women’s British Open but it has hosted the men’s Open Championship on 11 different occasions.
Yani Tseng won the 2010 Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale and the 2011 Women’s British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links. Her win in 2011 gave Yani her fifth major title and made her the youngest golfer ever, man or woman, to win five major championships.
Yani is still the No. 1 ranked women’s player in the world but has not performed well over the past few months. She has three wins and eight top-10’s in 2012, but she has also missed three cuts in her last six events. Her best finish since June is an 11th place at the Safeway Classic.
No. 2 Rolex Ranked Stacy Lewis should be a factor this week. She has played well in 2012 with two wins and 12 top-10 finishes. With just over $1.3 million in prize money in 2012 she is also No. 2 on the LPGA money list.
Jiyai Shin won the 2008 Women’s British Open at Sunningdale and is coming off a playoff win over Paula Creamer last week at the Kingsmill Championship.
The Women’s British Open will have a first class field and Royal Liverpool at Hoylake will play to 6,600 yards and provide a difficult test for the players.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open began in 1976, joined the LPGA Tour in 1994, and became a major in 2001.
It will be aired on ESPN Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET.