2011 Women's British Open
|Dates||28–31 July 2011|
|Course(s)||Carnoustie Golf Links|
|Organized by||Ladies' Golf Union|
|Tour(s)||Ladies European Tour
|Length||6,490 yards (5,934 m)|
|Field||144 players, 68 after cut|
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.
Exemptions and qualifying events
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
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|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|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Sherri Steinhauer||United States||2006||78||73||151||+7|
The 2011 course layout at Carnoustie Golf Links.
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. 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.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
|1||Meena Lee||South Korea||65||−7|
|2||Brittany Lincicome||United States||67||−5|
|Angela Stanford||United States|
|Amy Yang||South Korea|
|T7||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||69||−3|
|Paula Creamer||United States|
|Song-Hee Kim||South Korea|
Friday, 29 July 2011
|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|
|Brittany Lincicome||United States||67||71|
|Amy Yang||South Korea||68||70|
Saturday, 30 July 2011
|Inbee Park||South Korea||70||64||73|
|5||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||69||67||72||208||−8|
|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|
|Dewi Claire Schreefel||Netherlands||70||66||74|
|Sun Young Yoo||South Korea||71||70||69|
Sunday, 31 July 2011
|Place||Player||Country||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Money ($)|
|2||Brittany Lang||United States||70||70||69||67||276||−12||231,065|
|4||Amy Yang||South Korea||68||70||73||67||278||−10||126,536|
|T7||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||69||67||72||72||280||−8||70,695|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||70||64||73||73|
|Sun Young Yoo||South Korea||71||70||69||70|
Amateurs: Kang (+2), Popov (+11).
- Lewine, Mair (11 July 2011). "Yani Tseng makes history with fifth major win". ESPNW. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- Sirak, Ron (31 July 2011). "Tseng continues her assault on the record books". Golf Digest. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "2011 Women's British Open – course statistics". LGU.org. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Crafter, Jane (commentator) (30 July 2011). British Women's Television Live Coverage of Round 3 (Cable Television). ESPN.
- "To start, Carnoustie conspicuously absent of teeth". Golf Digest. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "First Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Second Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Third Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Fourth Round Leaderboard". LPGA. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
2011 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship