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The Women's British Open
Women's British Open
is a major championship in women's professional golf. It is recognized by both the LPGA Tour
and the Ladies European Tour as a major. The reigning champion is In-Kyung Kim, who won by two shots at Kingsbarns
in 2017 to earn her first major title. Usually played in late July, the 2012 edition was scheduled for mid-September, due to the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
in London. The 2013 event was played in early August and the 2014 event in mid-July, the week prior to the Open Championship. Since 2007, it has been called the Ricoh
Women's British Open, for sponsorship reasons. The previous twenty editions (1987–2006) were sponsored by Weetabix, a breakfast cereal.[1]


1 History 2 Winners

2.1 LPGA
major championship 2.2 LPGA
event 2.3 Earlier tournaments

3 Major champions by nationality 4 Future sites 5 Smyth Salver 6 References 7 External links


The practice green at Sunningdale Golf Club
Sunningdale Golf Club
in 2008.

The Women's British Open
Women's British Open
was established by the Ladies' Golf Union
Ladies' Golf Union
in 1976 and was intended to serve as the women's equivalent of The Open Championship. At first, it was difficult for the organisers to get the most prestigious courses to agree to host the event, with the exception of Royal Birkdale, which hosted it twice during its early days — in 1982 and 1986. After nearly folding in 1983, the tournament was held at the best of the "second-tier" courses, including Woburn Golf and Country Club
Woburn Golf and Country Club
for seven straight years, 1990 through 1996, as well as in 1984 and 1999. As its prestige continued to increase, more of the links courses that are in the rotation for The Open Championship, such as Turnberry (2002) and Royal Lytham & St Annes (1998, 2003, 2006) hosted the tournament, in addition to Royal Birkdale (2000, 2005, 2010). In 2007, the tournament took place at the Old Course at St Andrews
Old Course at St Andrews
for the first time. In the 2010s, two additional Open Championship venues became first-time hosts for the women's event: Carnoustie (2011) and Royal Liverpool (2012). The tournament has yet to be played at four Open Championship courses: Muirfield
and Royal Troon in Scotland, Royal St. George's in southeastern England, and Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Unlike its male counterpart, the Women's British Open
Women's British Open
has not adopted a links-only policy. This greatly increases the number of potential venues, especially the number close to the major population centres of England. Through 1993, the tournament was an official stop only on the Ladies European Tour, with the exception of the 1984 edition, which was co-sanctioned by the LPGA
Tour. Starting in 1994, it became a permanent LPGA Tour
event, which increased both the quality of the field and the event's prestige. It has been an official LPGA
major since 2001, when it replaced the du Maurier Classic in Canada. In 2005, the starting field size was increased to 150, but only the low 65 (plus ties) survive the cut after the second round. In both 2007 and 2008 the prize fund was £1.05 million. Starting in 2009, the prize fund changed from being fixed in pounds to U.S. dollars, and is now $3.25 million. Tied for most victories in the Women's British Open
Women's British Open
with three each are Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb
of Australia
and Sherri Steinhauer
Sherri Steinhauer
of the United States. Both won the tournament twice before it became an LPGA
major and once after. Yani Tseng
Yani Tseng
of Taiwan
and Jiyai Shin
Jiyai Shin
of South Korea
South Korea
are the multiple winners as a major championship. The other multiple winner is Debbie Massey of the U.S., with consecutive wins (1980 & 1981) well before it was an LPGA
co-sanctioned event. Winners[edit] See also: List of Women's British Open
Women's British Open
champions LPGA
major championship[edit] Winners of the championship as an LPGA
major (2001–present):[2]

Year Dates Champion Country Venue Score To par Margin of victory Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's share ($)

2017 Aug 3–6 In-Kyung Kim  South Korea Kingsbarns 270 −18 2 strokes Jodi Ewart Shadoff 3,250,000 504,821

2016 Jul 28–31 Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand Woburn 272 −16 3 strokes Mirim Lee Mo Martin 3,000,000 412,047

2015 Jul 30 – Aug 2 Inbee Park  South Korea Trump Turnberry - Ailsa 276 −12 3 strokes Ko Jin-young 3,000,000 464,817

2014 Jul 10–13 Mo Martin  United States Royal Birkdale 287 −1 1 stroke Shanshan Feng Suzann Pettersen 3,000,000 474,575

2013 Aug 1–4 Stacy Lewis  United States St Andrews 280 −8 2 strokes Na Yeon Choi Hee Young Park 2,750,000 402,583

2012 Sep 13–16 Jiyai Shin  South Korea Royal Liverpool 279 −9 9 strokes Inbee Park 2,750,000 428,650

2011 Jul 28–31 Yani Tseng  Taiwan Carnoustie 272 −16 4 strokes Brittany Lang 2,500,000 392,133

2010 Jul 29 – Aug 1 Yani Tseng  Taiwan Royal Birkdale 277 −11 1 stroke Katherine Hull 2,500,000 408,714

2009 Jul 30 – Aug 2 Catriona Matthew  Scotland Royal Lytham & St Annes 285 −3 3 strokes Karrie Webb 2,200,000 335,000

2008 Jul 31 – Aug 3 Jiyai Shin  South Korea Sunningdale 270 −18 3 strokes Yani Tseng 2,100,000 314,464

2007 Aug 2–5 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico St Andrews 287 −5 4 strokes Maria Hjorth Jee Young Lee 2,000,000 320,512

2006 Aug 3–6 Sherri Steinhauer  United States Royal Lytham & St Annes 281 −7 3 strokes Sophie Gustafson Cristie Kerr 1,800,000 305,440

2005 July 28–31 Jeong Jang  South Korea Royal Birkdale 272 −16 4 strokes Sophie Gustafson 1,800,000 280,208

2004 July 29 – Aug 1 Karen Stupples  England Sunningdale 269 −19 5 strokes Rachel Hetherington 1,600,000 290,880

2003 July 31 – Aug 3 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden Royal Lytham & St Annes 278 −10 1 stroke Se Ri Pak 1,600,000 254,880

2002 Aug 8–11 Karrie Webb  Australia Turnberry Ailsa 273 −15 2 strokes Michelle Ellis Paula Martí 1,500,000 236,383

2001 Aug 2–5 Se Ri Pak  South Korea Sunningdale 277 −11 2 strokes Mi Hyun Kim 1,500,000 221,650

event[edit] Winners as a co-sanctioned LPGA
tournament, but not an LPGA
major (1994–2000):[2]

Year Date Champion Country Venue Score To par Margin of victory Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's share ($)

2000 Aug 17–20 Sophie Gustafson  Sweden Royal Birkdale 282 −6 2 strokes Becky Iverson Meg Mallon Liselotte Neumann Kirsty Taylor 1,250,000 178,000

1999 Aug 12–15 Sherri Steinhauer  United States Woburn 283 −5 1 stroke Annika Sörenstam 1,000,000 160,000

1998 Aug 13–16 Sherri Steinhauer  United States Royal Lytham & St Annes 292 +4 1 stroke Brandie Burton Sophie Gustafson 1,000,000 162,000

1997 Aug 14–17 Karrie Webb  Australia Sunningdale 269 −19 8 strokes Rosie Jones 900,000 129,938

1996 Aug 15–18 Emilee Klein  United States Woburn 277 −11 7 strokes Amy Alcott Penny Hammel 850,000 124,000

1995 Aug 17–20 Karrie Webb  Australia Woburn 278 −10 6 strokes Annika Sörenstam Jill McGill 600,000 92,400

1994 Aug 11–14 Liselotte Neumann  Sweden Woburn 280 −8 3 strokes Annika Sörenstam 500,000 80,325

Earlier tournaments[edit] Winners before the tournament became an LPGA
tournament (1976–93):

Year Champion Country Venue Score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up Purse (£) Winner's share (£) Ref

Women's British Open

1993 Karen Lunn  Australia Woburn 275 8 strokes Brandie Burton 300,000 50,000

1992 Patty Sheehan  United States Woburn 207 3 strokes Corinne Dibnah 300,000 50,000

1991 Penny Grice-Whittaker  England Woburn 284 3 strokes Helen Alfredsson Diane Barnard 150,000 25,000

1990 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden Woburn 288 Playoff Jane Hill 130,000 20,000

1989 Jane Geddes  United States Ferndown 274 2 strokes Florence Descampe 120,000 18,000 [3]

1988 Corinne Dibnah  Australia Lindrick 295 Playoff Sally Little 100,000 15,000

1987 Alison Nicholas  England St Mellion 296 1 stroke Laura Davies Muffin Spencer-Devlin 100,000 15,000 [4]

Women's British Open

1986 Laura Davies  England Royal Birkdale 283 4 strokes Peggy Conley Marta Figueras-Dotti 60,000 9,000 [5]

Burberry Women's British Open

1985 Betsy King  United States Moor Park 300 2 strokes Marta Figueras-Dotti 60,000 9,000 [6]

Hitachi Women's British Open

1984 Ayako Okamoto  Japan Woburn 289 11 strokes Betsy King Dale Reid 160,000 24,000 [7]

Pretty Polly Women's British Open

1983 No tournament

1982 Marta Figueras-Dotti (a)  Spain Royal Birkdale 296 1 stroke Rosie Jones Jenny Lee Smith 23,000 (6,000) [8]

1981 Debbie Massey  United States Northumberland 295 4 strokes Belle Robertson (a) 19,000


1980 Debbie Massey  United States Wentworth 294 1 stroke Marta Figueras-Dotti (a) Belle Robertson (a) 15,000 4,500 [10]

1979 Alison Sheard  South Africa Southport & Ainsdale 301 3 strokes Mickey Walker 10,000 3,000 [11]

1978 Janet Melville (a)  England Foxhills 310 2 strokes Wilma Aikten (a)

(1,000) [12]

Women's British Open

1977 Vivien Saunders  England Lindrick 306 Countback Mary Everard (a) 500 210 [13]

1976 Jenny Lee Smith (a)  England Fulford 299 2 strokes Mary McKenna (a)

(210) [14]

In 1992 the second day was washed-out and the event reduced to 54 holes. In 1990 Alfredsson won with a par at the fourth extra hole. In 1988 Dibnah won with a birdie at the second extra hole. The 1984 tournament was co-sanctioned by the LET and LPGA
Tour. Prize money for this event was in US dollars; £ values here are based on an exchange rate of $1.25=£1. The 1977 event was decided on "countback". Saunders won the title because she had a better last round; 76 to Everard's 79. (a) denotes amateur Major champions by nationality[edit] This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as an LPGA
major (2001–present).

Nationality Number of wins

 South Korea 6

 United States 3

 Taiwan 2

 Australia 1

 England 1

 Mexico 1

 Scotland 1

 Sweden 1

 Thailand 1

Future sites[edit]

Year Edition Course Location Dates Previously hosted

2018 42nd Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf
Club Lancashire, England 2–5 August 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009

Smyth Salver[edit] The Smyth Salver is awarded to the leading amateur, provided that the player completes all 72 holes, for one year. The winner also receives a silver medal. The salver was donated by Moira Smyth, a past president of the Ladies' Golf

1979 – Sue Hedges 1980 – Marta Figueras-Dotti & Belle Robertson 1981 – Belle Robertson 1982 – Marta Figueras-Dotti 1983 – No championship 1984 – Mary McKenna 1985 – Jill Thornhill 1986 – Vicki Thomas 1987 – Joanne Furby 1988 – Kathryn Imrie 1989 – Joanne Morley 1990 – Sarah Bennett 1991 – Akiko Fukushima 1992 – None 1993 – Patricia Meunier
Patricia Meunier
& Joanne Morley 1994 – Tina Fischer 1995 – Lisa Dermott 1996 – Barbara Hackett 1997 – Silvia Cavalleri 1998 – None 1999 – Giulia Sergas 2000 – None 2001 – Rebecca Hudson 2002 – None 2003 – Elisa Serramia 2004 – Louise Stahle 2005 – Michelle Wie 2006 – Amy Yang 2007 – Melissa Reid 2008 – Anna Nordqvist 2009 – None 2010 – Caroline Hedwall 2011 – Danielle Kang 2012 – Lydia Ko 2013 – Georgia Hall & Lydia Ko 2014 – Emma Talley 2015 – Luna Sobrón 2016 – Leona Maguire 2017 – Sophie Lamb


^ "Championship History". Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.  ^ a b " Ricoh
Women's British Open
Women's British Open
Past Winners". LPGA. Retrieved 31 July 2013.  ^ "Descampe charges but Geddes is champion". The Glasgow Herald. 7 August 1989. p. 18.  ^ "Nicholas breaks through at last". The Glasgow Herald. 3 August 1987. p. 10.  ^ "Laura outscores foreign invaders". The Glasgow Herald. 13 October 1986. p. 10.  ^ "Miss King begins a new reign". The Glasgow Herald. 7 October 1985. p. 8.  ^ "Dale deserves prize for her lone battle". The Glasgow Herald. 8 October 1984. p. 17.  ^ "Professional win for a new Spanish graduate". The Glasgow Herald. 2 August 1982. p. 15.  ^ "Debbie pulls away from the field". The Glasgow Herald. 3 August 1981. p. 15.  ^ "Belle second with a 69". The Glasgow Herald. 28 July 1980. p. 13.  ^ "Birdie finish gives Alison British title". The Glasgow Herald. 30 July 1979. p. 15.  ^ "Janet in youngest British champion". The Glasgow Herald. 29 July 1978. p. 15.  ^ "Vivien's title on last 18". The Glasgow Herald. 3 September 1977. p. 16.  ^ "Sandra's hopes dashed". The Glasgow Herald. 4 September 1976. p. 14.  ^ https://issuu.com/lgucl/docs/lguyearbook2016 LGU 2016 Yearbook

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