The top 15 ranked women on the Rolex World Rankings have entered the 2011 Ricoh Women’s British Open, all eager to take on the new challenge offered by the famous Carnoustie course, Angus, Scotland, 28th to 31st July, 2011.
Joining Yani Tseng, defending champion and No.1 on the Rolex World Rankings and Stacy Lewis, winner of the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and world ranked No.15, are former Champions World No.4, Jiyai Shin, and the resurgent World No.9, Karrie Webb, who will be looking to claim back the only Major played outside the USA.
Jiyai explained, “Winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Sunningdale in 2008 changed my life and for that reason it will always be very special to me. Each year I learn a little more about playing links courses and with Carnoustie being new for everyone, I think I have a great chance. I really enjoy visiting and playing in the UK and am looking forward to ordering fish and chips again!” Rolex World Rankings No.2 Cristie Kerr and No.3 Suzann Pettersen and are both aiming to win their first Ricoh Women’s British Open title. 2005 amateur medal winner World No.10, Michelle Wie, is hoping that the 34th Ricoh Women’s British Open will be a Major breakthrough for her.
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.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded by the LGU in 1976 and is staged in conjunction with IMG, the world’s largest sports marketing company. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994 and gained Major status in 2001.
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