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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
THEWOMEN’S British Open continues to strive to become the pinnacle event in women’s golf. Receiving major status in 2001, winners during the past decade have represented eight nations, showing that it truly is a world-class event. Prestigious British courses like Royal Birkdale, Turnberry, Royal Lytham & St Annes and the Old Course at St Andrews have returned champions to match their ilk. Tseng, Webb, Sorenstam and Ochoa are testament to that. This year it’s Carnoustie’s turn to act as a chivalrous host to golf’s leading ladies. Australians have fared well at the British over the years, with Dibnah (’88), Lunn (’93) and Webb (‘95, ’97,’02) all crowned victors. There’s always plenty of support from the galleries for the girls from Down Under. Will the fairways of Carnoustie echo cheers of carn Aussie? FIT FOR A QUEEN WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN THE COURSE Widely considered one of the world’s most difficult golf courses, Carnoustie Golf Links is comfortably entrenched as a dependable host venue for both the men’s and women’s British Opens. This will be the first Women’s British Open on the seaside links in Angus. This course is new to most of the field, and they’ll need to negotiate the formidable bunkering, Barry Burn and final four holes which are considered by many to be the best closing holes in world golf. Carnoustie has a history for producing dramatic endings. In 1999, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde came to the last with a three-shot lead. His infamous battle with Barry Burn, the grandstand and thick rough relinquished what appeared to all to be a firm grasp on the claret jug. It was a tragic meltdown that will be long remembered. Though you won’t find Paul Lawrie complaining. And more recently the 2007 Open was fought out in an encore act. Tied for the lead after regulation play, Padraig Harrington outlasted Sergio Garcia in the first all-European play- off for the British Open. This week, once again, the spotlight of fame is cast over the grand Carnoustie stage and it’s the girls turn to perform a little drama. Queenslander Katherine Hull tried desperately to reel in leader Yani Tseng at Royal Birkdale and become the fourth Australian to win the British Open. But with a number of putts grazing the lip over the closing holes, her efforts were to no avail and she fell just short of golf immortality. In the end, a one over par 73 was enough for 21-year- old Tseng to claim her third LPGA major, finishing the tournament just one shot ahead of Hull. PEEK THE A WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN PREVIEW July 28-31, 2011 Carnoustie GC, Angus, SCOTLAND Purse US$2,500,000 Defending Champ: Yani Tseng (TWN) LAST TIME THE EVENT