Five to Watch at the Women's British Open
The Women's British Open is the final major of the season, returning to Woburn for the 11th time. England's Georgia Hall is the defending champion - a year removed from that incredible triumph at Royal Lytham - but will face tough opposition when it comes to retaining her title. 144 players are in the field with many notable names hitting their peak in time for the championship. We have picked out five that you should pay attention to this week.
The seven-time major champion secured the most recent of those titles at Turnberry in 2015, but the legendary South Korean has shown encouraging form lately, including a runner-up on the LPGA Tour and top ten finishes in both the Evian and Women's PGA Championship. Discount Inbee at your peril.
Many had called it a drought, perhaps overstating it, but there was no doubt that it was about time that the amiable Chinese trailblazer won again. Winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic last month ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn was a sign of a resurgence, backed up by a joint-runner-up finish at the Evian. The 29-year-old comes to Woburn in a confident mood.
In April, the young American made history by winning the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur, a late highlight in a hugely successful amateur career. Now a professional, the 22-year-old secured her playing rights for next year with a surge through the field on Sunday to finish second at the Evian. The future looks bright.
The 31-year-old's third place finish in June's Women's PGA Championship was her best finish in a major, this week playing in her 11th British Open with renewed confidence. Presently looking in from the outside of the Solheim Cup qualiying spots, it's a key week for the three-time European team member to either secure a place at Gleneagles or impress captain Catriona Matthew.
Former Solheim Cup star Hedwall finished in a tie for 17th at the Evian Championship and sits fourth on the Ladies European Tour's money list. Always an determined competitor, the 30-year-old will be hoping to make a bid for a return to the biennial contest, where he enjoyed a staggering 100% winning record in 2013.
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