RICOH Womens British Open Preview

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Yani Tseng of Taiwan poses with the trophy and bagpipers following her victory at the end of the final round of the 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open.

The LPGA Tour travels to the United Kingdom this week for the season's final major. The venue for the 12th annual RICOH Women's British Open is the famous Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, a first for the prestigious Championship. The 144-player event features a strong field consisting of 48 of the top-50 golfers on the 2012 LPGA Official Money List competing for a $2.75 million purse.

Yani Tseng is searching for a three-peat at the RICOH Women's British Open, having won at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 2010 and the Carnoustie Golf Links in 2011. At last year's event she shot a final-round 69 for a four-stroke victory over Brittany Lang and became the youngest golfer in history, male or female, to win five major titles at 22 years-old. She comes back with a new confidence after posting a solo 11th place finish at the Safeway Classic and tie for 35th at the CN Canadian Women's Open following two consecutive missed cuts. She heads the list of more than 20 other major Championship in the line-up this week.

Seven-time Major winner Juli Inkster is the field's oldest competitor after being granted a special exemption as she returns from surgery on her elbow. With 31 wins in a career spanning nearly 30 years, she has enjoyed more wins in Solheim Cup matches than any American and is a member of the Hall of Fame. She is looking to cap her career with her first win at the Ricoh Women's British Open - the only major missing from her résumé - to complete the Super Career Grand Slam.

Home favorites, Laura Davies, Catriona Matthew and Karen Stupples are each looking to win the title for a second time while Ricoh ambassador and 2011 U.S. Open Champion, Paula Creamer, Kraft Nabisco Champion, Stacy Lewis and 2010 LPGA Champion Cristie Kerr will be trying to land the first American women's major win of the year. The three major Champions of 2012 - Sun Young Yoo, Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi - will all be hoping to claim their second major title of their careers.

The youngest competitor in this year's field will be 15 year old amateur Lydia Ko who astounded golf observers when she won last month's CN Canadian Women's Open to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at the age of 15. The No. 1 amateur in the world is joined by nine other amateurs this week in the United Kingdom.

Topics: Tournament Preview, Ricoh Women's British Open

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