Stacy Lewis, winner of the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, has confirmed that she will join defending Champion, Yani Tseng, as they bid to win the 36th Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie, 28th to 31st July 2011.
Last week saw America’s Stacy Lewis win her first tournament title in style after starting the final day two behind World Number One, Yani Tseng. Where many assumed Yani’s experience would see her continue where she left off in winning the 2010 Ricoh Women’s British Open and lift her fourth Major title, Stacy believed otherwise finishing with a remarkable round of 69, three shots clear of Tseng, to win the first Major of 2011.
Tseng’s career has gone from strength to strength since winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Birkdale last year. She started 2011 with four consecutive wins which secured her the Number One ranking. She explained, “Winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year was huge for me and gave me a lot of confidence to believe I could reach Number One on the Rolex World Rankings. I have had a great start to the season and while I am disappointed to have missed out on defending my title last week, it makes me doubly determined to defend at Carnoustie in July. I am really looking forward to returning to Scotland and playing such a famous links course. I was actually there watching the 2007 Open Championship which Padraig Harrington won so hopefully I picked up some tips!”
Lewis overcame a battle with scoliosis that saw her wear a back brace for 18 hours a day throughout her teenage years before having surgery to place a titanium rod and five screws in her back. Her joy at winning her first title at the prestigious Kraft Nabisco Championship has yet to subside as she explained, “Winning a Major has been unbelievable, but it still hasn’t quite sunk in. To play with the world number one over the final two rounds and come from behind to win was very special! I’m sure that I’ll be able to put this into proper perspective soon, but right now, I’m excited about what the rest of the season might hold for me.”
Last year was the first time fans were able to watch the BBC’s extensive coverage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open in HD (high definition) underlining the significance of the Championship in the BBC’s sports portfolio.
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