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Ricoh Women's British Open
Fife, Scotland
Aug 03-06
  • August 03 Golf Channel (ET) 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • August 04 Golf Channel (ET) 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • August 05 Golf Channel (ET) 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • August 06 Golf Channel (ET) 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • August 05 NBC (ET) 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • August 06 NBC (ET) 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Fife, Scotland
  • Race to the CME Globe: 625 Points
  • Format: 72 holes
  • Purse: $3,250,000
  • Par: 72
  • History: This event was added to the official LPGA Tour schedule in 1994 and became a major championship in 2001.
  • Yardage: 6,697

In 2016, on Sunday at Woburn Golf Club, 20-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn captured her first major title at the RICOH Women’s British Open. With her victory, Jutanugarn becomes the first player, male or female (from Thailand) to win one of golf’s major championships. She carded a final round even par, 72 to win by three at 16-under par ahead of Mirim Lee and Mo Martin.

Hole Description

Hole01

Aim down the left side with either a driver or 3 wood for longer hitters. Note the obscured bunkers located in the right center of the fairway. Approach: The front part of the green slopes back to front so an extra club won’t hurt you. Avoid the deep bunker front right. Your round begins by playing away North toward the sea beyond the green.

Hole02

Favor the left side. Plays down hill but shots landing too short will kick toward the right hand bunkers. When attacking a left hole location note the hidden greenside bunker back left. The North Sea is to the right and the mouth of the Firth of Tay lies beyond the green with Carnoustie Golf Links on the far shore.

Hole03

Drive to the left side and the slope will feed the ball into the fairway on this short Par 5. After avoiding the sea on the right side, most trouble happens near the green. Approach: The right greenside bunker is penal and extends 18 yards forward: either lay up well short or approach the green from the left with plenty of club. Located on the slope below the brow of a hill, Brae applies aptly to this hole.

Hole04

If you are long enough to carry the deep fairway bunker then go for it. You will be rewarded with an open approach to the green. The safe play is up the right side of the fairway making sure to stop short of the far bunkers. Approach: A low running shot will work well into this long green. The right half of the green will feed the ball into the centre. A castle was built on this prominent site by King John of the Scots in1292 and was in ruins by 1790.

Hole05

Aim left or center: the green opens up from the left but is obscured from the right side of the fairway. There’s more room long left than it looks from the tee. Approach: Hole location is important on this heavily sloped green. Be sure to carry the mound at the front of the green. Tassie in Scots means a small cup or goblet reminiscent of the 5th hole “punch bowl” green.

 

Hole06

A drivable Par 4 with a real risk and reward theme. A tee shot played onto the top plateau can work its way down onto the front edge of the green or at worst leave a simple pitch or putt to the green. The bail out area left of the center bunkers often leaves a tricky approach. Approach: The green has 2 levels sloping front to back so double check the hole location and beware of the water beyond the green. Auld Links refers to the original Kingsbarns 9-hole course from 1793 located in the lower part of the present day course before you on the 6th tee.

Hole07

A strong par 4 often playing into the wind. Aim up the right side and the slope will bring the ball back into the center of the fairway. Longer hitters pay attention to the run out off the tee. Approach: Take an extra club since the hole plays uphill to the green and you must carry the last fairway bunker. Shots landing short of the green will kick to the left. Lang Wynd is a long narrow street; here describing the long fairway which narrows near the green.

Hole08

When the hole is located on the right side a delicate approach shot landed on the front edge is required. The right side of the green slopes away from the tee with trouble beyond the green. Shots to the centre or left will finish on the lower left tier. A Wee Dunt or “small bump” shot may be enough to reach this green from the tee.

Hole09

Don’t try to cut off too much down the right from the tee; there is plenty of fairway center and left. The 2 fairway bunkers create a real decision for the second shot. A lay up is best placed left of the bunkers even in the semi rough to create a easier third shot. Approach: The green has a center top tier sloping away severely to the front and back. Beware of the hidden gorse behind the green. The Kingsbarns village Kirk (church) spire was originally visible beyond the far woods.

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