2011 Women's British Open

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2011 Ricoh Women's British Open
Tournament information
Dates 28–31 July 2011
Location Angus, Scotland
Course(s) Carnoustie Golf Links
Organized by Ladies' Golf Union
Tour(s) Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,490 yards (5,934 m)
Field 144 players, 68 after cut
Cut 145 (+1)
Prize fund $2,500,000
1,736,432
Winner's share $392,133
€272,365
Champion
Taiwan Yani Tseng
272 (−16)
Carnoustie is located in Scotland
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Scotland

The 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open was held 28–31 July at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. It was the 36th Women's British Open, and the 11th as a major championship on the LPGA Tour. This was the first time for the Women's British Open at Carnoustie, which previously hosted seven Open Championships, most recently in 2007.

Yani Tseng became the first to successfully defend her title at the Women's British Open as a major championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Brittany Lang. She became youngest player, male or female, to win five major titles.[1][2]

Exemptions and qualifying events[edit]

The field for the tournament was 144, and golfers gained a place in three ways. Most players earned exemptions based on good past performances on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA and in previous major championships and top-ranked players in the Women's World Golf Rankings. The rest of the field earned entry by successfully competing in qualifying tournaments open to any professional female golfer or amateur with a low handicap.

There were 14 exemption categories for the 2011 Women's British Open. These included:

  • The top 15 finishers (and ties) from the 2010 Women's British Open.
  • The top 10 Ladies European Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings who did not finish in the top 15 of the 2010 Women's British Open.
  • The top 30 LPGA Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings who did not finish in the top 15 of the 2010 Women's British Open.
  • The top 25 on the current LET money list not already exempt from the 2010 Women's British Open or the world rankings.
  • The top 40 on the current LPGA Tour money list not already exempt from the 2010 Women's British Open or the world rankings.
  • The top five on the current LPGA of Japan Tour money list not already exempt from the 2010 Women's British Open or through the world rankings if they are also members of the LET or LPGA. (Note that these six categories have accounted for approximately 125 entries — or 5/6ths of the players in the final field.)
  • Winners of any recognised LET or LPGA events in the calendar year 2011.
  • The champions from the last 10 editions of the Women's British Open.
  • The champions of the last five editions of one of the other three LPGA majors.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Yani Tseng  Taiwan 2010 71 66 66 69 272 −16 1
Catriona Matthew  Scotland 2009 70 69 68 72 279 −9 T5
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 2001 72 64 73 74 283 −5 T14
Jiyai Shin  South Korea 2008 75 66 72 71 284 −4 21
Karen Stupples  England 2004 74 68 72 71 285 −3 T22
Karrie Webb  Australia 2002 70 71 72 72 285 −3 T22

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Sherri Steinhauer  United States 2006 78 73 151 +7

Course[edit]

The 2011 course layout at Carnoustie Golf Links.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 394 396 320 369 358 490 381 156 406 3,270 403 347 405 141 467 425 213 433 386 3,220 6,490
Par 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 36 72

Set-up[edit]

The par-72 course was set by the Ladies Golf Union (LGU) at 6,490 yards (5,934 m),[3] 931 yards (851 m) shorter than the par-71 set-up for the 2007 Open Championship.

The short set-up of the course was criticized by several notable golfers and golf commentators. ESPN golf commentator and former LPGA pro Jane Crafter called the LGU "out of touch" with how current women players can play.[4] Defending champion Yani Tseng commented that the famous hole number 18 was set up so that it "put all of the bunkers out of play, put all of the burns out of play." The course groundskeeper agreed that the women had been given "a watered-down version" of Carnoustie and that he did that intentionally after receiving too much criticism for a difficult set-up for the Open Championship in 1999.[5]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Meena Lee  South Korea 65 −7
2 Brittany Lincicome  United States 67 −5
T3 Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 68 −4
Caroline Masson  Germany
Angela Stanford  United States
Amy Yang  South Korea
T7 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69 −3
Paula Creamer  United States
Caroline Hedwall  Sweden
Amy Hung  Taiwan
Lorie Kane  Canada
Song-Hee Kim  South Korea
Mika Miyazato  Japan
Momoko Ueda  Japan

source:[6]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 29 July 2011

Place Player Country R1 R2 Total To par
1 Caroline Masson  Germany 68 65 133 −11
T2 Meena Lee  South Korea 65 69 134 −10
Inbee Park  South Korea 70 64
T4 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69 67 136 −8
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 72 64
Dewi Claire Schreefel  Netherlands 70 66
7 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 71 66 137 −7
T8 Caroline Hedwall  Sweden 69 69 138 −6
Brittany Lincicome  United States 67 71
Mika Miyazato  Japan 69 69
Amy Yang  South Korea 68 70

source:[7]

Amateurs: Kang (−3), Popov (+1), Pretswell (+2), Taylor (+4), Foster (+6), Meadow (+7).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Place Player Country R1 R2 R3 Total To par
1 Caroline Masson  Germany 68 65 68 201 −15
2 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 71 66 66 203 −13
T3 Catriona Matthew  Scotland 70 69 68 207 −9
Inbee Park  South Korea 70 64 73
5 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69 67 72 208 −8
T6 Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 68 71 70 209 −7
Brittany Lang  United States 70 70 69
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 72 64 73
T9 Paula Creamer  United States 69 70 71 210 −6
Mika Miyazato  Japan 69 69 72
Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 70 71 69
Dewi Claire Schreefel  Netherlands 70 66 74
Sun Young Yoo  South Korea 71 70 69

source:[8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Place Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Money ($)
1 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 71 66 66 69 272 −16 392,133
2 Brittany Lang  United States 70 70 69 67 276 −12 231,065
3 Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 68 71 70 68 277 −11 161,746
4 Amy Yang  South Korea 68 70 73 67 278 −10 126,536
T5 Caroline Masson  Germany 68 65 68 78 279 −9 96,828
Catriona Matthew  Scotland 70 69 68 72
T7 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69 67 72 72 280 −8 70,695
Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 70 71 69 70
Inbee Park  South Korea 70 64 73 73
Sun Young Yoo  South Korea 71 70 69 70

source:[9]

Amateurs: Kang (+2), Popov (+11).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewine, Mair (11 July 2011). "Yani Tseng makes history with fifth major win". ESPNW. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Sirak, Ron (31 July 2011). "Tseng continues her assault on the record books". Golf Digest. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 Women's British Open – course statistics". LGU.org. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Crafter, Jane (commentator) (30 July 2011). British Women's Television Live Coverage of Round 3 (Cable Television). ESPN. 
  5. ^ "To start, Carnoustie conspicuously absent of teeth". Golf Digest. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "First Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Second Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Third Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fourth Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2011 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Coordinates: 56°29′49″N 2°43′01″W / 56.497°N 2.717°W / 56.497; -2.717