LPGA - RICOH Women's British Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 10th through Sunday, July 13th
SITE: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Lancashire, England
COURSE ARCHITECT: George Low (1897), Fred Hawtree and J.H. Taylor (1922)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,458
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 430 yds10 - Par 4 360 yds
2 - Par 4 410 yds11 - Par 4 352 yds
3 - Par 4 373 yds12 - Par 3 149 yds
4 - Par 3 175 yds13 - Par 4 430 Yds
5 - Par 4 338 yds14 - Par 3 163 yds
6 - Par 5 478 yds15 - Par 5 499 yds
7 - Par 3 145 yds16 - Par 4 358 yds
8 - Par 4 413 yds17 - Par 5 516 yds
9 - Par 4 397 yds18 - Par 5 472 yds
35 3,159 yds37 3,299 yds
Annual:  38th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Runner-Up:  Na Yeon Choi, Hee Young Park
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:  $3,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $461,250; 2nd Place - $277,741; 3rd Place - $183,951
2013 Finish
Stacy Lewis280Lizette Salas285
Na Yeon Choi282Mamiko Higa286
Hee Young Park282Miki Saiki286
Morgan Pressel283Natalie Gulbis287
Suzann Pettersen283Nicole Castrale287
Past RICOH Women's British Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Stacy Lewis (280) -- Na Yeon Choi, Hee Young Park
(St. Andrew's (Old Course), Scotland)
2012Jiyai Shin (279) -- Inbee Park
(Royal Liverpool Golf Club)
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
Stacy Lewis---------------mcT-31T-11T-8Won
Na Yeon Choi------------T-21T-8T-3T-7T-13T-2
Hee Young Park------------T-14T-11T-55T-43T-33T-2
Morgan Pressel------T-56mcmcT-428thT-49T-43T-4
Suzann Pettersenmc---mcT-28T-24mcT-14T-37mcT-4
Lizette Salas---------------------------6th
Paula Creamer---T-15T-22T-7T-9T-3T-21T-433rdT-11
Catriona MatthewT-2921stmcT-7T-38WonmcT-5T-10T-11
Anna Nordqvist---------T-58T-42T-51T-69T-7mcT-11
Cristie KerrT-11T-5T-2T-336thT-8T-5T-14T-1316th
So Yeon Ryu------------------------T-5T-17
Angela StanfordmcmcT-36mcmcT-20T-50T-22T-23T-17
Shanshan Feng------------mcT-67T-73T-30mcT-25
Jiyai Shin---------T-28WonT-8T-1421stWonT-36
Inbee Park---------T-11mc24thT-9T-72ndT-42
Lydia Ko------------------------T-17T-42
I.K. Kim---------T-42T-9T-20T-3T-37T-10T-47
Se Ri PakT-21wdwdT-5mcT-20---T-14---T-47
Michelle Wie---T-3T-26mc---T-11T-17T-28T-13T-56
Mika Miyazato---------------T-11mcT-144thT-59
Karrie Webb---T-11mcT-28T-92ndT-43T-22T-5mc
Lexi Thompson------------------------T-17mc
Yani Tseng------------2ndT-20WonWonT-26mc
Ai MiyazatomcT-119thT-585thT-3T-9mcT-26mc
Karen StupplesWonT-11T-10T-42T-24mcmcT-22mcmc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Angela Stanford
Last Week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Meena Lee) - Finished tied for 8th
NOTES:The third major of the 2013 LPGA season begins this week, as the best
in the world compete in the RICOH Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England. Although part of the LPGA Tour since 1994, this is the 14th year in which the British Open has been included as a major.

The field is led by world No. 1 and defending champion Stacy Lewis, who has three victories this season. Lewis leads the money list with more than $1.8 million in earnings. She also leads the LPGA Tour in top-10 finishes with 13 in 15 events.

Lewis is joined by fellow Americans Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. Thompson captured the first major title of the season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, while Wie won the second major tournament of the year at the U.S. Women's Open Championship in June.

Last year, Lewis birdied the final two holes to lock up her second major championship title by two strokes over Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park. With those closing birdies, Lewis finished her eighth LPGA Tour title at 8-under- par 280. Lewis joined Sherri Steinhauer as the only two American women to win the Women's British Open since it became a major in 2001.

Jiyai Shin won her second Women's British Open in record fashion at Royal Liverpool in 2012. Shin shot rounds of 71-64-71-73 for a 9-shot victory, which was a new tournament record since the event became a major championship in 2001. Shin was the only player under par after the demanding test. She came in at 9-under 279 and earned her second LPGA Tour title in less than a week. Shin and Paula Creamer needed to finish a playoff at the Kingsmill Championship on Monday when Shin prevailed. The title was her 10th on tour and she obliterated Karen Stupples' margin of victory record by four strokes.

In 2011, Yani 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.

Tseng rolled in a 5-foot par putt on the final hole in 2010 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 then-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 Webb. Matthew was playing in just her second tournament since giving birth to her second child three months before.

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, 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 Marathon Classic in Ohio, where Beatriz Recari will defend her title.

07/08 18:23:44 ET

As of July 8, 2014, at 06:24 PM ET