2008 Women's British Open

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2008 Women's British Open
Sunningdale GC clubhouse as photographed during the 2008 Ricoh Women's British Open.jpg
Sunningdale Clubhouse
Tournament information
Dates 31 July – 3 August 2008
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Course(s) Sunningdale Golf Club
Old Course
Organized by Ladies' Golf Union
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Ladies European Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,408 yards (5,859 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 78 after cut
Cut 145 (+1)
Prize fund US$2,100,000
€1,351,213
Winner's share $314,464
€202,337
Champion
South Korea Jiyai Shin
270 (−18)
SunningdaleGolf Club is located in England
SunningdaleGolf Club
Sunningdale
Golf Club
Location in England

The 2008 Women's British Open was held 31 July to 3 August at the Old Course of Sunningdale Golf Club in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, west of London. It was the 33rd Women's British Open and the eighth as a major championship on the LPGA Tour. Sunningdale hosted its fourth Women's British Open and its third as an LPGA major.

Jiyai Shin shot a final round 66 (−6) to win her first major championship, three strokes ahead of runner-up Yani Tseng.[2] Shin won the title again in 2012, while Tseng won consecutive titles in 2010 and 2011.

It was the final major for 2003 champion Annika Sörenstam, who finished a dozen strokes back.[2]

Field[edit]

Exempt players[edit]

1. Top 15 players from the 2007 championship.
Lorena Ochoa (champion), Maria Hjorth, Jee Young Lee, Reilly Rankin, Se Ri Pak, Eun-Hee Ji, Miki Saiki, Paula Creamer, Linda Wessburg, Catriona Matthew, Inbee Park, Mhairi McKay, Yuri Fudoh, Na On Min, Brittany Lincicome

2. Top 10 players from the Ladies European Tour as specified by the Rolex Rankings.
Helen Alfredsson, Minea Blomqvist, Laura Davies, Louise Friberg, Sophie Gustafson, Suzann Pettersen, Bo Bae Song, Annika Sörenstam, Lindsey Wright

3. Top 30 players from the LPGA Tour as specified by the Rolex Rankings.
Shi Hyun Ahn, Nicole Castrale, Na Yeon Choi, Laura Diaz, Natalie Gulbis, Hee-Won Han, Juli Inkster, Jeong Jang, Cristie Kerr, Christina Kim, In-Kyung Kim, Mi-Hyun Kim, Brittany Lang, Seon Hwa Lee, Ai Miyazato, Angela Park, Stacy Prammanasudh, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Sherri Steinhauer, Yani Tseng, Momoko Ueda, Karrie Webb

4. Top 25 players in the 2008 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit who have not been specified yet.
Maria Boden, Stacy Bregman, Becky Brewerton, Anne-Lise Caudal, Martina Eberl, Nikki Garrett, Lisa Hall, Felicity Johnson, Ludivine Kreutz, Diana Luna, Paula Martí, Joanne Mills, Gwladys Nocera, Marta Prito, Melissa Reid, Marianne Skarpnord, Lisa Holm Sorensen, Louise Stahle, Maria Verchenova, Johanna Westerburg, Amy Yang, Emma Zackrisson, Veronica Zorzi

5. Top 40 players from the 2008 LPGA Tour Money List not already specified.
Kyeong Bae, Irene Cho, H.J. Choi, Diane D'Alessio, Allison Fouch, Sandra Gal, Russy Gulyanamitta, Johanna Head, Rachel Hetherington, Katherine Hull, Karine Icher, Soo-Yun Kang, Young Kim, Carin Koch, Kelli Kuehne, Candie Kung, Meena Lee, Leta Lindley, Teresa Lu, Meg Mallon, Jill McGill, Kristy McPherson, Janice Moodie, Becky Morgan, Ji Young Oh, Hee Young Park, Jane Park, Alena Sharp, Karin Sjödin, Kris Tamulis, Wendy Ward, Sun Young Yoo, Heather Young

6. Top 5 players from the Japan LPGA Tour in 2008.
Yukari Baba, Ji-Hee Lee, Eun-A Lim, Sakura Yokomine

7. Winners of LPGA and Ladies European Tour tournaments in 2008 who have not been specified yet.
Trish Johnson

8. Winners of the 2007 LPGA, Korean LPGA Tour, Japan LPGA Tour, and Ladies European Tour money lists who have not been specified yet.
Jiyai Shin

9. Past ten winners of the Women's British Open.
-None not already specified.

10. Past five winners of the U.S. Women's Open.
-None not already specified.

11. Past five winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Grace Park

12. Past five winners of the LPGA Championship.
-None not already specified.

13. Winner of the Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup.
-None not already specified.

14. Top 5 finishers from the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic who are not otherwise exempt.
Moira Dunn, Shanshan Feng, Katie Futcher, Paige Mackenzie, Gloria Park

15. The 2008 Ladies British Amateur champ, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur champ, the 2007 European Ladies Amateur champ (if all have not turned pro before championship).
Caroline Hedwall (a), Anna Nordqvist (a), Maria José Uribe (a)

16. Players successful in Final Qualifying (28 July)
Elizabeth Bennett (a), Erica Blasberg, Krystle Caithness (a), Rebecca Coakley, Claire Coughlan-Ryan, Stefani Croce, Naomi Edwards (a), Tanya Elosegui Mayor, Lora Fairclough, Martina Gillen, Lydia Hall (a), Leah Hart, Samantha Head, Kiran Matharu, Anja Monke, Lee-Ann Pace, Margherita Rigon, Iben Tinning, Marjet van der Graff.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 2007 69 68 71 69 277 −11 T7
Karrie Webb  Australia 2002 72 69 69 68 278 −10 T9
Annika Sörenstam    Sweden 2003 72 72 70 68 282 −6 T24
Karen Stupples  England 2004 67 73 72 70 282 −6 T24
Sherri Steinhauer  United States 2006 67 75 76 72 290 +2 T64

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 2001 74 76 150 +6
Jeong Jang    South Korea 2005 70 WD

Course layout[edit]

Old Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 485 489 318 152 400 386 393 168 273 3,064 459 322 416 182 503 210 415 425 412 3,344 6,408
Par 5 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 36 72

Source:[1]

Previous lengths of the course for the Women's British Open (since 2001):

  • 2004: 6,392 yards (5,845 m), par 72
  • 2001: 6,255 yards (5,720 m), par 72

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 31 July 2008

The first round lead belonged to 48-year-old Juli Inkster at 65 (−7),[3] as 64 players broke par. One stroke back were seven players at 66 (−6): Momoko Ueda, Laura Diaz, Johanna Head, Yuri Fudoh, Ji Young Oh, Jiyai Shin, and Stacy Prammanasudh. Four players were tied at two shots off the pace, including the 2004 champion at Sunningdale; Karen Stupples. Many well-known players stood at 69 (−3), including number-one ranked player Lorena Ochoa, Natalie Gulbis, and last week's Evian Masters winner Helen Alfredsson. However, many other top-ranked or well-known players struggled with their rounds, including Cristie Kerr at 71 and Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb, and Annika Sörenstam at even-par 72.[4]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Juli Inkster  United States 65 −7
T2 Momoko Ueda  Japan 66 −6
Laura Diaz  United States
Ji Young Oh  South Korea
Yuri Fudoh  Japan
Johanna Head  England
Stacy Prammanasudh  United States
Jiyai Shin  South Korea
T9 Kristy McPherson  United States 67 −5
Karen Stupples  England
Rebecca Hudson  England
Sherri Steinhauer  United States

Source:[4]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 1 August 2008

Friday's low round of 65 (−7) belonged to Kerr, who jumped into a tie for fourth at 136 (−8). First-round leader Inkster shot a 70 for 135 (−9) and in sole possession of third place. The co-leaders after 36 holes were Fudoh and Shin; each shot 68 to improve to 134 (−10).

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Yuri Fudoh  Japan 66-68=134 −10
Jiyai Shin  South Korea 66-68=134
3 Juli Inkster  United States 65-70=135 −9
T4 Cristie Kerr  United States 71-65=136 −8
Bo Bae Song  South Korea 68-68=136
T6 Natalie Gulbis  United States 69-68=137 −7
Ai Miyazato  Japan 73-69=137
Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 69-68=137
T9 Laura Diaz  United States 66-72=138 −6
Momoko Ueda  Japan 66-72=138
Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 69-69=138
Eun-Hee Ji  South Korea 68-70=138

Amateurs: Nordqvist (−1), Uribe (+1), Bennett (+2), Edwards (+4), Hall (+8), Caithness (+11), Hedwall (+11).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Yuri Fudoh  Japan 66-68-69=203 −13
2 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 66-68-70=204 −12
3 Ai Miyazato  Japan 68-69-68=205 −11
T4 Juli Inkster  United States 65-70-71=206 −10
Cristie Kerr  United States 71-65-70=206
T6 Natalie Gulbis  United States 69-68-70=207 −9
Eun-Hee Ji  South Korea 68-70-69=207
Mi Hyun Kim  South Korea 70-70-67=207
Yani Tseng  Taiwan 70-69-68=207
T10 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 69-71-68=207 −8
Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 69-68-71=207
Momoko Ueda  Japan 66-72-70=207

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Place Player Country Score To par Money (US$)
1 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 66-68-70-66=270 −18 314,464
2 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 70-69-68-66=273 −15 196,540
T3 Yuri Fudoh  Japan 66-68-69-71=274 −14 122,838
Eun-Hee Ji  South Korea 68-70-69-67=274
5 Ai Miyazato  Japan 68-69-68-70=275 −13 88,443
6 Cristie Kerr  United States 71-65-70-70=276 −12 76,651
T7 Lorena Ochoa  Mexico 69-68-71-69=277 −11 65,841
Momoko Ueda  Japan 66-72-70-69=277
T9 Paula Creamer  United States 72-69-70-67=278 −10 47,563
Natalie Gulbis  United States 69-68-70-71=278
Hee-Won Han  South Korea 71-69-71-67=278
In-Kyung Kim  South Korea 71-68-72-67=278
Karrie Webb  Australia 72-69-69-68=278

Amateurs: Nordqvist (−3), Uribe (+6).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Course Statistics: 2008 Ricoh Women's British Open". Ladies Golf Union. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Shin wins first major by 3 shots". ESPN. Associated Press. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Not finished yet: Inkster leads British". Reading Eagle. 1 August 2008. p. D-3. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Scoreboard: LPGA". Reading Eagle. 1 August 2008. p. D-6. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2008 U.S. Women's Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Coordinates: 51°23′17″N 0°37′52″W / 51.388°N 0.631°W / 51.388; -0.631