The RICOH Women’s British Open tees off at Carnoustie Golf Links today (28 July) and the world’s best females are all out to get their hands on the trophy.
EventScotland have an agreement with IMG and the LGU to host the event in Scotland for five of the next ten years, starting in Carnoustie this week. In two years time we will see St Andrews play host to the Major.
The field of 144 players that will take on one of the most challenging links courses in Scotland have won a staggering 675 tournaments between them and over 40 Major titles. The line up includes the top 40 on the LPGA Official Money List and 19 of the top 20 on the Official Rolex Rankings.
Chairman of VisitScotland & EventScotland, Dr Mike Cantlay said, “I am delighted that EventScotland have been able to secure this ten year agreement to bring the Women’s British Open to Scotland for a sustained period. This is a very important time for Scotland as we move towards bringing The Ryder Cup to ‘The Home of Golf’ in 2014. The next year of Homecoming is also in 2014 and we rightly see the next few years as the winning years for Scotland- a chance for Scotland to showcase itself as a major destination for events and tourism.”
Speaking ahead of the only major to be currently played outside the US, winner of last weekend’s Evian Masters Ai Miyazato from Japan gave her initial thoughts on the course. She said, “That was the first time that I played today, and it was an amazing golf course. I'm really happy to be here, and it was really fun to play.”
World number two, Cristie Kerr from the US echoed her sentiments; “I always enjoy playing over here. I think it’s fantastic. You can see why it’s one of the great golf courses that there are over here. It’s challenging but fair.”
Sitting just behind Kerr on the Rolex Rankings in third spot is Suzann Pettersen of Norway. She has an impressive six LPGA titles to her name, has been part of the European Solheim Cup team five times and was even a two-time member of the European Team in the Junior Ryder Cup.
She said, “Of all the links courses that I’ve played for the British Open, I think this is my favourite. It’s been very nice, very generous I would say and good shots are nicely rewarded.”
There are 25 nationalities represented in the field with the US topping the list at 37, followed by Korea with 28 and England will have 12 home-grown players out on the fairways. Scottish fans can look forward to lending their support to our very own Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie, Kylie Walker and Pamela Pretswell.
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