Women's British Open Golf Tournament

2014 Women's British Open winner Mo Martin with the trophy
2014 Women's British Open winner Mo Martin with the trophy. David Cannon/Getty Images

The Women's British Open, currently carrying the official name of Ricoh Women's British Open, has been considered a major championship in women's golf since 2001 (it replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major). The tournament was founded by the Ladies Golf Union (governing body of women's golf in Great Britain) in 1976. It permanently became an official stop on the LPGA tour in 1994.

2018 Women's British Open

2017 Women's British Open
I.K. Kim took a 6-stroke lead into the final round, then cruised to an eventual 2-stroke victory. The margin closed not because Kim made mistakes - she shot a solid 1-under final round - but because first Michelle Wie and then Jodi Ewart-Shadoff made charges. Wie shot 66 in the final round and tied for third; Ewart-Shadoff had a 64 and held solo second. It was Kim's seventh career LPGA Tour victory, her third of 2017 and her first win a major.

2016 Women's British Open
Ariya Jutanugarn became the first-ever golfer from Thailand, male or female, to win one of golf's major championships, claiming a 3-stroke victory. Jutanugarn's final round lead was six strokes at one point, but a rally by Mirim Lee and trouble for Jutanugarn whittled that down. Lee birdied holes 10, 11 and 12, and when Jutanugarn double-bogeyed the 13th her lead was only one.

But she held on from there, including a clutch birdie on the 17th. Lee tied for second with Mo Martin at 275, three behind Jutanugarn's 272. At age 20, Jutanugarn also put her name on the list of youngest LPGA major winners. And it was her fourth LPGA win of the year.

2015 Tournament
Inbee Park shot a final-round 65 to catch and pass third-round leader Jin-Young Ko and win the tournament.

Park finished at 12-under 276, winning by three shots. It was her seventh career win in an LPGA major, and with it she achieved the LPGA career grand slam. Ko, playing in her first-ever major, was second. Park birdied four straight holes in the middle of her round, No. 7 through 10, added an eagle on the 14th and another birdie on No. 16.

Official website
LPGA tournament site

Women's British Open - Records:

  • Most wins: 3 - Karrie Webb (1995, 1997, 2002) and Sherri Steinhauer (1998, 1999, 2006)
  • Low round: 62 - Minea Blomqvist, third round, 2004; Mirim Lee, first round, 2016
  • Low total strokes: 269 - Karrie Webb, 1997, and Karen Stupples, 2004
  • Low total in relation to par: 19-under - Webb (1997) and Stupples (2004)
  • Largest margin of victory: As a major - 9 strokes, Jiyai Shin, 2012; Overall - 11 strokes, Ayako Okamoto, 1984

Women's British Open - Trivia and Notes:

  • An amateur, Jenny Lee-Smith, won the inaugural Women's British Open - then called the Ladies' British Open - in 1976.
  • Another amateur, Janet Melville, won in 1978, and Marta Figueras-Dotti won as an amateur in 1982.
  • The 1984 tournament (called the Hitachi British Ladies Open), won by Ayako Okamoto by a record 11 strokes, is the only one prior to 1994 that is counted as an official LPGA event.
  • Laura Davies was not yet playing in America when, in her second year as a pro, she won the Women's British Open in 1986. The following year she won the U.S. Women's Open and became a member of the LPGA Tour. The U.S. Women's Open victory in '87 also made Davies the first golfer to hold both the British and U.S. women's open titles simultaneously.
  • Patty Sheehan was the first to win the U.S. and British women's opens in the same year, doing so in 1992.
  • Karrie Webb first gained major notice in 1995 when, as a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, she won the Women's British Open by seven strokes.
  • The first 62 recorded in a major championship (men's or women's) happened in this tournament. In 2004, Minea Blomqvist shot 62 in the third round at Sunningdale. Mirim Lee matched that tournament scoring record in 2016.
  • The British cereal company Weetabix was the title sponsor of this tournament from 1987 through 2006, when it was known as the Weetabix Women's British Open.
  • Catriona Matthew's victory in 2009 came just 11 weeks after Matthew, age 40, gave birth to her second child.

Women's British Open - Past Champions:

Recent winners of the Women's British Open:

2017 - In-Kyung Kim
2016 - Ariya Jutanugarn
2015 - Inbee Park
2014 - Mo Martin
2013 - Stacy Lewis
Full List of Past Champions

Women's British Open - Golf Courses:

The Women's British Open rotates yearly to courses around England and Scotland.  That includes many of the same links that make up the Open rota. But unlike the Open Championship, the WBO is also played on parkland courses.

Here is the list (including future sites) of golf courses that have hosted the Women's British Open:

2018 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
2017 - Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, Scotland
2016 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
2015 - Turnberry (Ailsa Course), South Ayrshire, Scotland
2014 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
2013 - The Old Course at St Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
2012 - Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
2011 - Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland
2010 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
2009 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
2008 - Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
2007 - The Old Course at St.

Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
2006 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
2005 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
2004 - Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
2003 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
2002 - Turnberry (Ailsa Course), South Ayrshire, Scotland
2001 - Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
2000 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
1999 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1998 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
1997 - Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
1996 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1995 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1994 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1993 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1992 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1991 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1990 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1989 - Ferndown Golf Club, Dorset, England
1988 - Lindrick Golf Club, Worksop, Yorkshire, England
1987 - St. Mellion Golf & Country Club, Cornwall, England
1986 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
1985 - Moor Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire, England
1984 - Woburn Golf and Country Club, Milton Keynes, England
1983 - not played
1982 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
1981 - Northumberland Golf Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
1980 - Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
1979 - Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, Southport, Merseyside, England
1978 - Foxhills Golf & Country Club, Ottershaw, Surrey, England
1977 - Lindrick Golf Club, Worksop, Yorkshire, England
1976 - Fulford Golf Club, York, England