THE world’s best women golfers are at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England, this week for the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The event is the final women’s Major of the year and is in fact the only tournament serving as a major championship for both the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
Defending champion Yani Tseng will battle a high quality field full of potential winners.
Tseng, the current world No. 1, will be shooting for her third consecutive Women’s British Open title following victories at Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie in the last two years.
For the first two rounds she will be partnered with America’s Paula Creamer, who was runner up on Tuesday after an epic 9 hole playoff at the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA Tour. The third member of the group is Japan’s Ai Miyazato.
Karrie Webb, the 2002 champion and 2009 runner-up, leads a 10 strong Aussie contingent that includes Katherine Hull (2010 runner-up), Lindsey Wright, Karen Lunn, Nikki Garrett, Rachel Bailey, Sarah-Jane Smith and Rookie Squad members Rebecca Artis, Stefanie Na and Stacey Keating.
Many eyes will be on the sensational 15 year-old Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko, who has a chance to be the first amateur to win a Major since Catherine Lacoste at the 1967 US Women’s Open.
The prodigiously talented Ko won this year’s US Women’s Amateur Championship and then become the LPGA Tour’s youngest ever champion when she won the CN Canadian Open.
2012 British Open Australian Television Coverage
The event is being telecast live in Australia on Fox Sports.
1st Round: Thursday 10pm – 2am; 2nd Round: Friday 10pm – 2am; 3rd Round Sunday (Repeat) 12pm – 2pm; Final Round 11pm – 2am.
(There are the usual daily repeat packages)
2012 British Open Leaderboard2012 Women’s British Open Leaderboard