2018 Women's British Open

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2018 Ricoh Women's British Open
Tournament information
Dates2–5 August 2018
LocationLytham St Annes,
Lancashire, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Organized byThe R&A, merged with
Ladies' Golf Union
Tour(s)Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,585 yards (6,021 m)
Field144 players, 65 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Prize fund$3,250,000
2,796,495
Winner's share$490,000
€421,625
Champion
England Georgia Hall
271 (−17)
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Royal Lytham & St Annes GC is located in the United Kingdom
Royal Lytham & St Annes GC
Royal Lytham
& St Annes GC
Location in the United Kingdom
Royal Lytham & St Annes GC is located in England
Royal Lytham & St Annes GC
Royal Lytham
& St Annes GC
Location in England

The 2018 Ricoh Women's British Open was played from 2–5 August in England at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Golf Links in Lancashire. It was the 43rd Women's British Open, the 18th as a major championship on the LPGA Tour, and the fifth at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

Georgia Hall of England shot a final round 67 (−5) to win by two strokes over runner-up Pornanong Phatlum, the 54-hole leader. It was her first major title and she was the first British winner since Catriona Matthew in 2009.[1][2][3] It was also the first win on tour (LPGA Tour or Ladies European Tour) for the 22-year-old Hall, the first English winner of the championship in 14 years.

The event was televised by Golf Channel and NBC Sports in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Course layout[edit]

Hole Yards Par   Hole Yards Par
1 179 3 10 334 4
2 424 4 11 540 5
3 429 4 12 157 3
4 371 4 13 340 4
5 186 3 14 429 4
6 492 5 15 464 5
7 539 5 16 333 4
8 389 4 17 425 4
9 144 3 18 410 4
Out 3,153 35 In 3,432 37
Source:[4] Total 6,585 72

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

  • 2009: 6,492 yards (5,936 m), par 72
  • 2006: 6,480 yards (5,925 m), par 72
  • 2003: 6,308 yards (5,768 m), par 72

Field[edit]

The field was 144 players, and most earned exemptions based on past performance on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA Tour, previous major championships, or with a high ranking in the Women's World Golf Rankings. The rest of the field earned entry by successfully competing in qualifying tournaments open to any female golfer, professional or amateur, with a low handicap.[5]

There were 18 exemption categories for the 2018 Women's British Open:

1. The top 15 finishers (and ties) from the 2017 Women's British Open.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Shanshan Feng (10), Georgia Hall (9), In-Kyung Kim (10,11), Kim Hyo-joo (10,12), Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist (10,12), Inbee Park (2,10,11,12), Lizette Salas (10), Jenny Shin, Michelle Wie (2,10,12), Angel Yin

2. The top 10 Ladies European Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings not exempt under (1).

Aditi Ashok (5), Carlota Ciganda (5,10), Sandra Gal (5), Charley Hull (5,10), Pernilla Lindberg (5,8,12), Azahara Muñoz (5), Su-Hyun Oh (5), Madelene Sagström (5)

3. The top 30 LPGA Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings not exempt under (1) as of 3 July.

Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Chella Choi, Chun In-gee (10,12), Jacqui Concolino, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst, Nasa Hataoka (8,10), Brooke Henderson (8,10,12), Wei-Ling Hsu, Mi Jung Hur, Ji Eun-hee (8,10), Ariya Jutanugarn (8,10,11,12), Moriya Jutanugarn (8,10), Danielle Kang (10,12), Cristie Kerr (10), Kim Sei-young (8,10), Katherine Kirk, Ko Jin-young (8,10), Lydia Ko (8,10,12), Jessica Korda (8,10), Nelly Korda, Lee Mi-hyang, Minjee Lee (8,10), Mirim Lee, Brittany Lincicome (8,12), Park Sung-hyun (8,10,12), Ryu So-yeon (8,10,12), Jennifer Song, Amy Yang (10)

4. The top 25 on the current LET money list not exempt under (1) or (2) as of 3 July.

Rebecca Artis, Silvia Bañón, Céline Boutier (5,8), Ashleigh Buhai (5,8), Katie Burnett, Lynn Carlsson, Holly Clyburn, Olivia Cowan, Casey Danielson, Julia Engström, Jenny Haglund (8), Caroline Hedwall, Kylie Henry, Noemí Jiménez Martín, Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Sarah Kemp, Karolin Lampert, Camilla Lennarth, Lin Xiyu, Meghan MacLaren (8), Florentyna Parker, Marianne Skarpnord, Klára Spilková, Anne Van Dam, Astrid Vayson de Pradenne (8), Christine Wolf

5. The top 40 on the current LPGA Tour money list not exempt under (1) or (3) as of 3 July.

Nicole Broch Larsen, Laura Davies, Hannah Green, Jaye Marie Green, Caroline Inglis, Megan Khang, Bronte Law, Lee Jeong-eun, Yu Liu, Mo Martin (11), Ally McDonald, Wichanee Meechai, Amy Olson, Ryann O'Toole, Annie Park (8), Park Hee-young, Jane Park, Pornanong Phatlum, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong, Sarah Jane Smith, Mariah Stackhouse, Angela Stanford, Emma Talley, Kris Tamulis, Ayako Uehara, Mariajo Uribe, Sakura Yokomine

6. The top five on the current LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA) money list not exempt under (1), (2), (3), or (12) as of 3 July.

Ahn Sun-ju, Mamiko Higa, Misuzu Narita, Eri Okayama, Phoebe Yao

7. The top two on the current LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA) money list not exempt under (1), (2), (3), or (6) as of 3 July.

Choi Hye-jin (10)

8. Winners of any recognised LET or LPGA Tour events in the calendar year 2018.

Kanyalak Preedasuttijit, Thidapa Suwannapura

9. Winners of the 2017 LET, LPGA, JLPGA and KLPGA money lists.

10. The top 30 in the Women's World Golf Rankings, not exempt above as of 3 July.

11. Winners of the Women's British Open, under age 60, provided they are still active.

Catriona Matthew, Yani Tseng, Karrie Webb

12. Winners of the last five editions of the U.S. Women's Open, ANA Inspiration, and Women's PGA Championship, and The Evian Championship.

Brittany Lang

13. Winner of the 2017 Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup.

Teresa Lu

14. The leading five LPGA Tour members in the 2018 Marathon Classic who have entered the Championship and who are not otherwise exempt.

Daniela Darquea, Mina Harigae, Céline Herbin, Melissa Reid

Sandra Changkija did not play.

15. The leading three LET members in the 2018 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, who have entered the Championship and who are not otherwise exempt.

Nuria Iturrios, Lee-Anne Pace, Cheyenne Woods

16. The 2018 Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific champion, 2018 British Ladies Amateur champion, 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, 2017 European Ladies Amateur Championship champion, winner or next available player in the 2017 GB&I Order of Merit, and the Mark H. McCormack Medal holder provided they are still amateurs at the time of the Championship.

Leonie Harm, Agathe Laisné, Atthaya Thitikul

17. Any players granted special exemptions from qualifying by the Championship Committee.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen

18. Balance of the 90 LPGA Tour members.

None

Qualifiers: Laetitia Beck, Tonje Daffinrud, Ludovica Farina (a), Cloe Frankish, Rachael Goodall, Linn Grant (a), Lydia Hall, Tiffany Joh, Haeji Kang, Frida Kinhult (a), Brittany Marchand, Inci Mehmet, Hollie Muse (a), Robynn Ree, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Sideri Vanova, Ursula Wikström

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (36) South America (2) Europe (51) Oceania (9) Asia (44) Africa (2)
 Canada (2)  Colombia (1)  England (13)  Australia (8)  China (3)  South Africa (2)
 United States (34)  Ecuador (1)  Scotland (2)  New Zealand (1)  India (1)
 Wales (1)  Israel (1)
 Austria (1)  Japan (6)
 Czech Republic (2)  South Korea (20)
 Denmark (2)  Taiwan (4)
 Finland (1)  Thailand (9)
 France (4)
 Germany (5)
 Iceland (1)
 Italy (1)
 Netherlands (1)
 Norway (2)
 Spain (5)
 Sweden (10)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand 2016 71 70 69 69 279 −9 T4
In-Kyung Kim  South Korea 2017 70 71 74 73 288 E T39
Mo Martin  United States 2014 73 72 71 72 288 E T39
Catriona Matthew  Scotland 2009 71 70 72 76 289 +1 T42

Source:[7]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Yani Tseng  Taiwan 2010, 2011 75 73 148 +4
Karrie Webb  Australia 2002 77 72 149 +5
Inbee Park  South Korea 2015 76 74 150 +6

Source:[7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Minjee Lee shot a 7-under-par 65 to lead by one stroke over Mamiko Higa. Defending champion In-Kyung Kim shot a 1-under-par 71.[8]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Minjee Lee  Australia 65 −7
2 Mamiko Higa  Japan 66 −6
T3 Georgia Hall  England 67 −5
Lee Mi-hyang  South Korea
Teresa Lu  Taiwan
Park Sung-hyun  South Korea
Pornanong Phatlum  Thailand
T8 Sandra Gal  Germany 68 −4
Mina Harigae  United States
Lydia Ko  New Zealand

Source:[7]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 3 August 2018

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Pornanong Phatlum  Thailand 67-67=134 −10
T2 Georgia Hall  England 67-68=135 −9
Mamiko Higa  Japan 66-69=135
Minjee Lee  Australia 65-70=135
5 Teresa Lu  Taiwan 67-69=136 −8
6 Park Sung-hyun  South Korea 67-70=137 −7
7 Ryu So-yeon  South Korea 69-69=138 −6
T8 Mina Harigae  United States 68-71=139 −5
Brooke Henderson  Canada 69-70=139
Lydia Ko  New Zealand 68-71=139
Pernilla Lindberg  Sweden 71-68=139
Florentyna Parker  England 69-70=139
Madelene Sagström  Sweden 69-70=139

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Pornanong Phatlum  Thailand 67-67-69=203 −13
2 Georgia Hall  England 67-68-69=204 −12
3 Ryu So-yeon  South Korea 69-69-67=205 −11
T4 Mamiko Higa  Japan 66-69-71=206 −10
Minjee Lee  Australia 65-70-71=206
Park Sung-hyun  South Korea 67-70-69=206
T7 Mina Harigae  United States 68-71-69=208 −8
Brooke Henderson  Canada 69-70-69=208
T9 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 68-71-70=209 −7
Teresa Lu  Taiwan 67-69-73=209
Phoebe Yao  Taiwan 71-71-67=209
Yu Liu  China 69-72-68=209

Source:[7]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Place Player Country Score To par Money (US$)
1 Georgia Hall  England 67-68-69-67=271 −17 490,000
2 Pornanong Phatlum  Thailand 67-67-69-70=273 −15 300,388
3 Ryu So-yeon  South Korea 69-69-67-70=275 −13 217,910
T4 Mamiko Higa  Japan 66-69-71-73=279 −9 138,420
Kim Sei-young  South Korea 71-71-71-66=279
Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand 71-70-69-69=279
T7 Carlota Ciganda  Spain 69-73-68-70=280 −8 82,505
Shanshan Feng  China 71-71-69-69=280
Yu Liu  China 69-72-68-71=280
10 Minjee Lee  Australia 65-70-71-75=281 −7 66,606

Source:[7]

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 4
England Hall −13 −13 −13 −14 −14 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −16 −16 −17 −18 −18 −17
Thailand Phatlum −13 −14 −14 −15 −16 −17 −17 −16 −16 −16 −16 −16 −16 −16 −17 −17 −15 −15
South Korea Ryu −11 −11 −8 −7 −8 −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −10 −11 −12 −12 −13 −13 −13 −13
Japan Higa −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −10 −9 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9
Thailand Jutanugarn −6 −6 −7 −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9
South Korea Kim −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −7 −8 −9 −8 −9 −10 −10 −9
Australia Lee −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −8 −7 −7 −7
South Korea Park −10 −10 −10 −8 −6 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England's Georgia Hall claims first major victory at British Open". ESPN. 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ Murray, Ewan (5 August 2018). "Georgia Hall seals home win and her first major at Women's British Open". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Carter, Iain (5 August 2017). "Georgia Hall: The Women's British Open champion's 'Cinderella story'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Ricoh Women's British Open: About the course". Ladies European Tour. 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Ricoh Women's British Open Entry Form". Ricoh Women's British Open. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ Lavner, Ryan (25 July 2018). "Lexi WDs from Women's British to 'focus on myself'". Golf Channel.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Ricoh Women's British Open – Results". LPGA. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. ^ "British Open: Mingee Lee opens with 65 to lead by one shot". ESPN. 3 August 2018.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2018 Evian Championship

Coordinates: 53°44′59″N 3°01′04″W / 53.7496°N 3.0178°W / 53.7496; -3.0178