6 Players to Watch at The Women's Open
Back in April, it was the big-hitting Patty Tavatanakit who won the ANA Inspiration. Then in early June, the hugely impressive Yuka Saso clinched the US Women's Open at Olympic Club, while just weeks later, it was American star Nelly Korda who enjoyed her major breakthrough at the Women's PGA during a summer of achievement. Most recently, last month, Minjee Lee fulfilled years of potential by claiming the Evian Championship in France.
However, this final chapter of the 2021 major season may just be the highlight. Certainly, the venue elevates proceedings. The revered Championship Course crowned Yani Tseng a decade ago, while the Open Championship has been contested on the Angus links on eight occasions.
But who will thrive in the challenge? We take a closer look at several of the key favourites to watch this week.
It would be foolish to ignore the form of the world number one, who secured her first major title at the Atlanta Athletic Club in June, before claiming the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The American is a superstar in the making and her next stride towards greatness could be felt on Scotland's east coast.
The two-time Olympic medalist and twice major champion has continued her progressive ascent back to the top this year, winning again on the LPGA Tour and finishing runner-up at the ANA Inspiration. The New Zealander's record in this championship is somewhat mediocre, but it would be a popular tale if she triumphed at Carnoustie.
Champion at Woburn in 2016, the Thai golfer has returned to form this season, winning twice on the LPGA Tour, including the recent Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational teamed with older sister Moriya. Jutanugarn finished fourth at last week's Scottish Open at Dumbarnie Links, setting her up perfectly for a run at the trophy in Angus.
The 26-year-old from Ireland has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, but it wouldn't be a shock if she contended at Carnoustie. Finishing a solid 15th at the Scottish Open, Maguire had recently placed second behind Nelly Korda at the Meijer LPGA Classic, before shooting a sensational final round of 61 at the Evian for her best major result.
Not many would have known her name before that stunning playoff victory at the US Women's Open, but they will forever remember the swing and temperament. Yuka Saso is a brilliant talent and it will be fascinating to see how she takes to the examination of Carnoustie in her Women's Open debut.
The American born Finnish golfer is likely to be part of Catriona Matthew's Solheim Cup team after an exceptional year, winning in just her 15th LPGA Tour start in June before securing the Gant Ladies Open in July, which ensured she was eligible for Europe. The impressive 26-year-old could be a major champion in the waiting.
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