It’s that time of year! The start of the 2013 LPGA season is quickly approaching and as we count down the days until the year’s first event, our eyes are focused on “What to Watch” for the upcoming season. So over the next two weeks on LPGA.com, we will take a glimpse at some of the top storylines on the LPGA Tour for 2013. Today’s storyline…
Returning to golf’s home
Mention St. Andrews to any golf fan in the world and the memories of many historical milestones in numerous professional golfers’ careers will come to their mind.
It is where Jack Nicklaus bronzed his legacy by capturing two of his three British Opens, and where he announced the end of his professional career in 2005.
It’s where Bobby Jones, the founder and designer of Augusta National Golf Club, won in 1927 just six years after tearing up his scorecard at the same course after a bad round.
It’s where Tiger Woods won his first Open title in 2000.
It has played host to 27 Opens dating back to 1873, where only 23 different players have stepped off the 18th green to hoist one of the most coveted trophies in golf history.
St. Andrews is also where a sign was hung outside the clubhouse behind the 18th green that read, "No dogs or women allowed."
That all changed in 2007, when Lorena Ochoa – who was the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world at the time – won her first-ever major championship title at the first professional ladies event on the Old Course, taking her seat among the ranks of many greats who have won at the Home of Golf.
Ochoa opened the week at the 2007 RICOH Women’s British Open with a two-shot lead over the field and managed to keep her lead through the next three days, something she struggled to do in previous major tournaments. The win came in her 24th major, and she became the first Mexican-born player to win a major championship on the LPGA Tour.
This year, another LPGA player will have the opportunity to etch their name in the record books and become just the second woman to win a championship title at the Old Course. For many American and European players, it will also mark the final week to earn points for The 2013 Solheim Cup. Two years of battling for a dream will finally come to fruition for 24 of the world’s best golfers and it will take place on the world’s oldest and greatest golf course.
In the 13th year of the RICOH Women’s British Open as a major on the LPGA Tour, 144 players will have the opportunity to look down the 18th fairway from the famous Swilcan Bridge and stare at the most memorable and unique images in golf history. Standing there, they will be a part of the history of the oldest courses in the world, where the game was first played more than 600 years ago.