About the AIG Women's British Open
The signature hole on the course, the par-5 7th hole sets up as a wonderful risk-reward opportunity because of its stunning 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.
AIG Women's British Open Opportunity
This strategic par-5 forces players to make a decision on the off the tee – try to go for the green in two or lay-up for a preferable distance into the green. Trees dissecting the left and right sides of the fairway provide two distinct playing corridors – the right gives an opportunity to hit the green in two for longer hitters, but a more difficult lay-up, while the left presents a safer path to the green in regulation. Approach shots into the green need to carry a swale in front and three large, deep bunkers protecting the putting surface
AIG Women's British Open Insight
Aon Insight - scoring average for players who reached the green in two was 4.02, compared to 4.71 for players who hit the green in regulation; a difference of .69 strokes. Laying-up and reaching the green in regulation can still provide a scoring opportunity – players made birdie 34% of the time.
AIG Women's British Open Advantage
Players with the distance to reach the green in two should consider the reward for two well played shots enough to warrant the risk. Five eagles were made in 2016’s Women’s British Open, including two by Moriya Jutanagarn. With scores from 3-8, players need to be aware of trouble lurking.