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LPGA - RICOH Women's British Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th
SITE: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, Liverpool, United Kingdom
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Chambers and George Morris (1869),
         Donald Steel (2001), Martin Ebert and Tom Mackenzie (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,660
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 392 yds10 - Par 5 493 yds
2 - Par 4 377 yds11 - Par 4 382 yds
3 - Par 4 405 yds12 - Par 4 397 yds
4 - Par 4 358 yds13 - Par 3 151 Yds
5 - Par 5 528 yds14 - Par 4 400 yds
6 - Par 3 157 yds15 - Par 3 161 yds
7 - Par 4 383 yds16 - Par 5 519 yds
8 - Par 4 382 yds17 - Par 4 457 yds
9 - Par 3 178 yds18 - Par 5 540 yds
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35 3,160 yds37 3,500 yds
 
Annual:  36th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Yani Tseng
Runner-Up:  Brittany Lang
Tournament Record:  269 (Karrie Webb, 1997 - 19-under-par - Par 72)
  269 (Karen Stupples, 2004 - 19-under-par - Par 72)
  275 (Karen Lunn, 1993 - 17-under-par - Par 73)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Karrie Webb, 1997 - 18-under-par - Par 72
  205 (Emilee Klein, 1996 - 14-under-par - Par 73)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Caroline Masson, 2011 - 11 under-par - Par 72)
  134 (Emilee Klein, 1996 - 12-under-par - Par 73)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Minea Blomqvist, 2004 - Sunningdale Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $2,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $461,250; 2nd Place - $277,741; 3rd Place - $183,951
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Yani Tseng272Catriona Matthew279
Brittany Lang276Inbee Park280
Sophie Gustafson277Sun Young Yoo280
Amy Yang278Na Yeon Choi280
Caroline Masson279Anna Nordqvist280
 
Past RICOH Women's British Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Yani Tseng (272) -- Brittany Lang
(Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course)
2010Yani Tseng (277) -- Katherine Hull
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
2009Catriona Matthew (285) -- Karrie Webb
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2008Jiyai Shin (270) -- Yani Tseng
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2007Lorena Ochoa (287) -- Jee Young Lee, Maria Hjorth
(St. Andrew's Golf Club - Old Course)
2006Sherri Steinhauer (281) -- Cristie Kerr, Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2005Jeong Jang (272) -- Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
2004Karen Stupples (269) -- Rachel Hetherington
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2003Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Se Ri Pak
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
2002Karrie Webb (273) -- Michelle Ellis, Paula Marti
(Turnberry Golf Club - Ailsa Course)
2001Se Ri Pak (277) -- Mi Hyun Kim
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
2000Sophie Gustafson (282) -- K.Taylor, L.Neumann, B.Iverson, Meg Mallon
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1999Sherri Steinhauer (283) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1998Sherri Steinhauer (292) -- Sophie Gustafson
(Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club)
1997Karrie Webb (269) -- Rosie Jones
(Sunningdale Golf Club)
1996Emilee Klein (277) -- Penny Hammel, Amy Alcott
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1995Karrie Webb (278) -- Jill McGill, Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1994Liselotte Neumann (280) -- Dottie Pepper, Annika Sorenstam
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1993Karen Lunn (275) -- Brandie Burton
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1992#Patty Sheehan (207) -- Corinne Dibnah
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1991Penny Grice-Whittaker (284) -- Helen Alfredsson
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1990*Helen Alfredsson (288) -- Jane Hill
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1989Jane Geddes (274) -- Florence Descampe
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1988*Corinne Dibnah (295) -- Sally Little
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1987Alison Nicholas (296) -- Laura Davies, Muffin Spencer-Devlin
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1986Laura Davies (283) -- Marta Figueras-Dotti, P.Conley
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1985Betsy King (300) -- Marta Figueras-Dotti
(Moor Park Golf Club)
1984Ayako Okamoto (289)
(Woburn Golf & Country Club)
1983Not Held
1982Marta Figueras-Dotti (296)
(Royal Birkdale Golf Club)
1981Debbie Massey (295)
(Northumberland Golf Club)
1980Debbie Massey (294)
(Wentworth Club)
1979Allison Sheard (301)
(Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club)
1978Janet Melville (310)
(Foxhills Golf & Country Club)
1977Vivien Saunders (306)
(Lindrick Golf Club)
1976Jenny Lee-Smith (299)
(Fulford Golf Club)

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Ladies British Open Championship (1976-86);
Weetabix Women's British Open (1987-2006).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Yani Tseng------------------2ndT-20WonWon
Brittany Lang------------mcmcmcT-33T-432nd
Sophie GustafsonT-118thmc2ndT-2T-33T-24T-33T-433rd
Catriona MatthewT-35mcT-2921stmcT-7T-38WonmcT-5
Na Yeon Choi------------------T-21T-8T-3T-7
Inbee Park---------------T-11mc24thT-9T-7
Anna Nordqvist---------------T-58T-42T-51T-69T-7
Stacy Lewis---------------------mcT-31T-11
Cristie KerrT-29T-14T-11T-5T-2T-336thT-8T-5T-14
Mika Miyazato---------------------T-11mcT-14
Se Ri PakT-112ndT-21wdwdT-5mcT-20---T-14
Jiyai Shin---------------T-28WonT-8T-1421st
Karrie WebbWonT-3---T-11mcT-28T-92ndT-43T-22
Angela StanfordT-13T-64mcmcT-36mcmcT-20T-50T-22
Karen StupplesT-56T-12WonT-11T-10T-42T-24mcmcT-22
Michelle Wie---------T-3T-26mc---T-11T-17T-28
Brittany Lincicome---------mcT-56T-11mcT-28T-9T-30
Shanshan Feng------------------mcT-67T-73T-30
I.K. Kim---------------T-42T-9T-20T-3T-37
Suzann PettersenT-24mcmc---mcT-28T-24mcT-14T-37
Paula Creamer---------T-15T-22T-7T-9T-3T-21T-43
Morgan Pressel------------T-56mcmcT-428thT-49
Azahara Munoz---------------------mcT-19T-49
Ai Miyazato------mcT-119thT-585thT-3T-9mc
So Yeon Ryu------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Catriona Matthew
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished tied for 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Chella Choi) - Finished tied for 14th
 
NOTES:
The final major of the 2012 LPGA season begins this week, as the best in the world compete in the RICOH Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. The field is led by world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Yani Tseng, who is the only three-time winner this season. Tseng, however, has not won since March and has not recorded a top 10 finish in a stroke play event since April. Royal Liverpool has hosted the British Open 11 times. The last British Open held at Royal Liverpool was in 2006, when Tiger Woods captured the title. This event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

Inbee Park leads the money list by more than $82,000 over American Stacy Lewis, the No. 2 ranked player in the world. Park has finished in the top 10 in eight straight events, winning the Evian Masters in July.

Sun Young Yoo won the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship; Shanshan Feng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship; and Na Yeon Choi captured the U.S. Women's Open Championship.

Although part of the LPGA Tour since 1994, this is the 12th year in which the British Open has been included as a major. Carnoustie Golf Links hosted in 2011; Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosted in 2000, 2005 and 2010; Sunningdale Golf Club hosted four times (1997, 2001, 2004, 2008); Royal Lytham & St. Annes hosted in 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2009; Turnberry Golf Club played host in 2002; Woburn Golf & Country Club has hosted the tournament 12 times. There have been only two playoffs in the tournament's history, the last coming in 1990 when Helen Alfredsson edged Jane Hill for the title.

Last year, Tseng collected her fifth major championship when she successfully defended her title. Tseng, 22, became the youngest player in history, male or female, to win that many major titles. Even the great Tiger Woods only won his fifth major title at 24. Tseng joined Debbie Massey and Sherri Steinhauer as the only players to win this title two years in a row. She also became the first golfer to win two majors in consecutive years on the LPGA Tour since Karrie Webb finished her run off in 2001.

In 2010, Tseng rolled in a 5-foot par putt on the final hole to hold off Katherine Hull and win by a single stroke. Tseng only managed a 1-over 73 in the final round after three straight rounds of 68 at Royal Birkdale, but it was enough for her third major championship title. She finished at 11-under- par 277. The 21-year-old from Taiwan became the youngest golfer in the modern era -- male or female -- with three major championship titles. Se Ri Pak had been the youngest 3-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, earning No. 3 at the age of 23. Tseng became the first LPGA Tour player to win two majors in the same season since Annika Sorenstam did so in 2005.

In 2009, Catriona Matthew birdied three straight holes on the back nine in the final round to pull away and win. Matthew completed her third tour win and first major championship title at 3-under-par 285 for a 3-shot win over 3-time winner Karrie Webb. Matthew was playing in just her second tournament since giving birth to her second child three months before.

Jiyai Shin fired a 6-under 66 in the final round in 2008 to earn her first major championship at Sunningdale Golf Club. She finished at 18-under 270 to win by three over Tseng.

In 2007, Lorena Ochoa led wire-to-wire as she collected her first major title at St. Andrews. She fired rounds of 67-73-73-74 to win by four over Jee Young Lee and Maria Hjorth. Ochoa finished at 5-under 287 in the first women's tournament ever hosted by storied St. Andrews.

Steinhauer shot an even-par 72 to claim her third Women's British Open title back in 2006. Winning the tournament for the first time since it was declared a major in 2001, Steinhauer ended at 7-under-par 281 for a 3-shot victory over Cristie Kerr and 2000 champion Sophie Gustafson. It was the seventh career title and second major championship for Steinhauer, who won the 1992 du Maurier Classic for her first. The du Maurier was replaced by the British Open as the fourth women's major in 2001, two years after Steinhauer claimed the second of her back-to-back Women's British titles in 1999.

In 2005, Jeong Jang stole the show for her first career win. Jang posted four rounds in the 60s to capture this event, finishing as a wire-to-wire winner at 16-under-par 272 for the tournament. That was good enough to hold off Gustafson and everyone else in the field.

Karen Stupples roared from behind with an 8-under 64 in the final round in 2004 to win by five strokes. Stupples' tournament total of 19-under-par 269 tied the tournament record on a par-72 course. Webb set the original mark in 1997 at the same venue, Sunningdale Golf Club. Stupples' total also matched the lowest score in an LPGA Tour major.

In 2003, Annika Sorenstam captured this major championship to complete the final leg of the career grand slam.

The LPGA moves back to North America next week for the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, where Lexi Thompson will defend her title.

09/11 14:21:12 ET

As of September 11, 2012, at 02:21 PM ET

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