Women's British Open Preview
The Women's British Open returns to Woburn's acclaimed Marquees' Course for an 11th occasion, marking a fresh new era for the championship in its 43rd year under the banner of AIG, following a successful tenure with Ricoh, concluding a hectic season of majors in golf.
It began traditionally at the ANA Inspiration, where South Korea's Jin Young Ko secured her maiden title, followed by compatriot Jeongeun Lee6's triumph in June's U.S. Women's Open, but it was Australia's Hannah Green who provided the shock result of the summer in winning the Women's PGA Championship, a brilliant and unlikely triumph for the 22-year-old. And just last week in France, Ko claimed a second major of 2019 at the Evian Championship.
12 months ago, Georgia Hall made history by shooting four rounds in the 60s at Royal Lytham to win the British Open, sensationally becoming the first home winner of the event since Catriona Matthew in 2009, coming 14 years after the last English champion, Karen Stupples in 2004.
For Hall, the 23-year-old from Bournemouth, that breakthrough success hasn't yet been replicated on the LPGA Tour, but she will arrive in Bedfordshire presented in the enviable position of defending a major championship. Having taken several weeks off this summer, the Englishwoman is hoping that a renowned focus will bring more consistent results.
But firstly there is the Women's British Open to contend with, the final major of the year. Should we witness similar fireworks to last year, it will be a treat.
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