Park prepares to make History
The Women's British Open arrives at St Andrews this week, with one major talking point dominating the pre-tournament build up.
That being the unbelievable performance of World No.1 Inbee Park in this years majors. She has collected all three giving her a shot at becoming the first ever golfer, male or female to win four majors in a calendar year.
Park has dominated women's golf in 2013 and her game is perfectly suited to St Andrews, a low powerful ball flight will give her an advantage over much of the field at Scottish links. The biggest challenge to her bid at golfing history may be the pressure created by the knowledge what she can achieve with a win.
You will notice that I am not referring to a win this week as a Grand Slam, that is because Women's Golf now has five majors following the inclusion of the Evian Masters this year. While five majors undoubtedly increases the exposure of the Women's game it does leave a feeling of dissatisfaction and just goes to show it is dangerous to mess around with tradition and history.
Joining Park at the 'home of golf' will be rest of the world's elite players. Challenges will come from fellow Korean and 2012 champion Jiyai Shin as well as former World No.1's Stacey Lewis and Yani Tseng.
Chances of a home victory may well fall on the shoulders of the ever underrated Scot Catriona Mathew and all eyes will be on English teenage sensation Charlie Hull.
In the background to this years Open, the equality in golf debate still rumbles on, with St Andrews, home of the R&A holding this years Women's Open it is sure to lurch into focus yet again and rightly so. It is almost unbelievable that next years Women's British Open will be played at Royal St Georges, a club where Women are not welcome for 51 weeks of the year. Maybe it is time for golf's governing bodies, and I include the Womens game in this , to take a stand and not take major championships, amateur and pro to single sex clubs.
Whatever happens this week, it will undoubtedly be a great showcase for the Women's game and political issues aside it will be played against the greatest backdrop of them all. It would be incredibly fitting if Inbee Park achieved her moment of golfing history on the iconic links land of St Andrews.
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Ricoh Women's British Open TV Schedule
Thursday - BBC2 1 p.m.
Friday - BBC2 1 p.m.
Saturday BBC1 2.30 p.m.
Sunday BBC2 1.55 p.m.
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