List of Women's British Open champions

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Yani Tseng, the only golfer to date to win two Women's British Opens as a major championship consecutively in 2010 and 2011. Tseng is pictured with the championship trophy.

The Women's British Open[a] is an annual golf competition held at the end of July start of August, and is conducted by the R&A. Established in 1976, it has been recognised as a major championship by the Ladies European Tour (LET) since 1992,[1] became a recognised LPGA event in 1994, and became one of the LPGA's major championships in 2001. Currently, it is the fourth of the LPGA's five majors, preceded by the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, and the U.S. Women's Open and followed by the Evian Masters.[2][3] This event has always been conducted in stroke play competition.[2][4]

Yani Tseng's victories in 2010 and 2011 and Jiyai Shin's in 2008 and 2012 make them the only two golfers to win the event twice since it became an LPGA major. The only other golfers to successfully defend their titles are Debbie Massey in 1980 and 1981, before the tournament became a part of the LPGA tour, and Sherri Steinhauer in 1998 and 1999, when it was a sanctioned LPGA event but not yet a major.

The lowest winning score in the tournament's history as an LPGA major is Karen Stupples's 19-under par 269 aggregate in 2004, equalling the record score set by Karrie Webb in 1997.[2] The Women's British Open has had two wire-to-wire champions as a major, which are the following: Jang Jeong in 2005 and Lorena Ochoa in 2007.[5]


Tournament won in a playoff
Wire-to-wire victory (as a major) Wire-to-wire victory (as a major)


A blonde-haired woman in a blue front shirt with white sleeves and a black hat with sunglasses clasped to her hat backwards and upside down
Karen Stupples won in 2004 by the lowest score.
A brunette in a white hat with black lettering and gray and pink striped shirt
Jiyai Shin won by the widest margin of nine strokes in 2012, and is a two-time champion.
Year Country Champion Course City Region Country Total
2001  South Korea Se Ri Pak Sunningdale Golf Club Sunningdale Berkshire England 277 −11 [6]
2002  Australia Karrie Webb Turnberry Golf Club, Ailsa Course South Ayrshire Ayrshire Scotland 273 −15 [7]
2003  Sweden Annika Sörenstam Royal Lytham & St Annes G.C. Lytham St Annes Lancashire England 278 −10 [8]
2004  England Karen Stupples Sunningdale Golf Club Sunningdale Berkshire England 269 −19 [9]
2005Wire-to-wire victory (as a major)  South Korea Jeong Jang Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport Merseyside England 272 −16 [10][11]
2006  United States Sherri Steinhauer Royal Lytham & St Annes G.C. Lytham St Annes Lancashire England 281 −7 [12]
2007Wire-to-wire victory (as a major)  Mexico Lorena Ochoa Old Course at St Andrews St Andrews Fife Scotland 287 −5 [13]
2008  South Korea Jiyai Shin Sunningdale Golf Club Sunningdale Berkshire England 270 −18 [14]
2009  Scotland Catriona Matthew Royal Lytham & St Annes G.C. Lytham St Annes Lancashire England 285 −3 [15]
2010  Taiwan Yani Tseng Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport Merseyside England 277 −11 [16]
2011  Taiwan Yani Tseng Carnoustie Golf Links Carnoustie Angus Scotland 272 −16 [17]
2012  South Korea Jiyai Shin Royal Liverpool Golf Club Hoylake Merseyside England 279 −9
2013  United States Stacy Lewis Old Course at St Andrews St Andrews Fife Scotland 280 −8
2014  United States Mo Martin Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport Merseyside England 287 −1
2015  South Korea Inbee Park Trump Turnberry South Ayrshire Ayrshire Scotland 276 −12
2016  Thailand Ariya Jutanugarn Woburn Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire England 272 −16
2017  South Korea In-Kyung Kim Kingsbarns Fife Fife Scotland 270 −18
2018  England Georgia Hall Royal Lytham & St Annes G.C. Lytham St Annes Lancashire England 271 −17

Multiple champions[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Women's British Open as a major. Champions who won in consecutive years are indicated by the years with italics*.

1 First place
Rank Country Golfer Total Years
1  Taiwan Yani Tseng 2 2010*, 2011*
1  South Korea Jiyai Shin 2 2008, 2012

Champions by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as an LPGA major (2001–present).

Rank Nationality Wins Champions First title Last title
1  South Korea 6 5 2001 2017
2  United States 3 3 2006 2014
T3  England 2 2 2004 2018
 Taiwan 2 1 2010 2011
T5  Australia 1 1 2002
 England 1 1 2004
 Mexico 1 1 2007
 Sweden 1 1 2003
 Scotland 1 1 2009
 Thailand 1 1 2016


a This tournament has had two name changes, which are the following; 2001–2006 Weetabix Women's British Open and 2007–present Ricoh Women's British Open.[3]

See also[edit]


  • "Ricoh Women's British Open" (PDF). LPGA Tour. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
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  2. ^ a b c "Ricoh Women's British Open" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ a b "History". Ricoh Women's British Open. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  4. ^ "Tournaments-The Majors". LPGA. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  5. ^ "Major records, all". LPGA Media Center. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  6. ^ "Se-ri grabs British Open". New Straits Times. Reuters. 7 August 2001. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  7. ^ "Webb super in slams". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. 12 August 2002. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  8. ^ "Annika completes career grand slam with win at women's British Open". The Argus-Press. AP. 4 August 2003. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  9. ^ "Stupples wins Women's British Open". The Argus-Press. AP. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  10. ^ "Women's British Open: Jang holds off field". Herald-Tribune. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  11. ^ Millward, Robert (1 August 2005). "Women's British Open golf: Jang gets first pro victory". The Seattle Times. AP. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  12. ^ Swift, E. M. (2006-08-14). "Going Steady". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  13. ^ "Ochoa get the big one". The Milwaukee Sentinel. AP. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  14. ^ "Golf: Shin wins Women's British Open". Malaysia Star. AP. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  15. ^ "Matthew wins maiden British Open". BBC Sports. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  16. ^ Neenan, Bill (1 August 2010). "Yani Tseng wins Women's Open at Birkdale". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  17. ^ "At Only 22, Tseng Wins Fifth Major". The New York Times. AP. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01.

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