Players to Watch
Jin Young Ko- Jin Young Ko enters in the driver’s seat for the Rolex Annika Major Award after winning the Evian Championship for her second major victory of the year. Ko burst on the LPGA scene at the 2015 edition of this tournament when she finished in second place in Scotland. This year, Ko makes just her third appearance at the AIG Women’s British Open where she missed the cut in 2018.
Sung Hyun Park- Sung Hyun Park crosses the pond from France after finishing T6 at the Evian Championship. Park extended her consecutive top 10 streak to four events in a row, dating back to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Park has been consistent at the AIG Women’s British Open where she finished T16 in 2017 and T15 in 2018.
Lexi Thompson- Lexi Thompson enters the fifth major of the year off a missed cut at the Evian Championship. Thompson skipped the 2018 AIG Women's British Open to take a mental break from the game. She brings a strong history in her return to the tournament, finishing in the top 20 in her prior three starts. Her best finish was T8 in 2016 at the Milton Keynes course.
Defending Champion Georgia Hall
Georgia Hall made history with her victory in 2018 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, where she became the first Englishwoman to capture her country's major championship since 2004. Hall had her best finish of ninth place this season at the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Hall’s second best finish was at the third major of the year, a T26 at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Rolex Annika Major Award Leaderboard Update
With one Major left, here is the current leaderboard of the Rolex Annika Major Award. In order to win the award, a player must win at least one major.
|1||Jin Young Ko||120||2|
|T4||Hyo Joo Kim||42||0|
|6||Sung Hyun Park||34||0|
|7||So Yeon Ryu||26||0|
Aon Risk Reward Hole- 7th Hole, Par 5
The designated Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole at the AIG Women's British Open is the 528-yard seventh. This par 5 is the signature hole on the course and sets up as a wonderful risk-reward opportunity because of the split fairway. Players can opt to play the hole as a conventional par 5 by going up the left side, or instead take the risk of playing up the right fairway in a bid to reach the green in two.
Numbers to Know
$4,500,000 - The purse for this week, a 40% increase from 2018.
6,585 - The yardage this week
2004, 2018 - The years an Englishwoman has won the AIG Women’s British Open, Karen Stupples (2004) and Georgia Hall (2018).
(-19) - The tournament record, carded by Karen Stupples in 2004 and Karrie Webb in 1997.
About This Week
The final major of the year airs on Golf Channel and NBC. Watch from 6:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. EST on Thursday, August 1st and Friday, August 2nd. On Saturday and Sunday, watch the coverage on Golf Channel from 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. EST. The tournament will pivot to NBC from 11:00 A.M - 2:00 P.M. EST.