Ricoh Women's British Open 2017

Postado Agosto 04, 2017

Numerous are the blind tee-shots, hidden bunkers and with unpredictable conditions that can range from warm and calm to penalising winds and horizontal rain, you've got to be able to have nearly every shot imaginable hidden somewhere in your locker.

That weather will likely intensify throughout the four days and 72 holes of play in the tournament that begins on Thursday.

"I watched Jordan win the Open on TV and I was amazed how strong he was."We have met a few times but we haven't talked a lot".

But will strategy come in to play?

For the first time in its 42-year history, the Women's British Open will be contested at Kingsbarns Golf Links, bringing the fourth major championship on the LPGA calendar back to St. Andrews and the Home of Golf.

Also in the field this week is 2002 champion Karrie Webb of Australia, who almost won her 42nd event on tour at last week's Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. "The fact it's a course record is a huge honour for me, especially at a place like Kingsbarns, which is definitely one of the most scenic courses I've ever played".

She missed last year's Open due to injury, but bounced back to win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. These lofted woods helped propel her into a lofty position as Wie made hay while the sun shone in Fife.

"It's hard for me because the Solheim Cup is massive", Hall said. "I really took advantage of the conditions this morning". She will be joined by Catriona Matthew of Scotland, (2009), Stacy Lewis (2013) and Mo Martin (2014), who all finished in the top-five a year ago.

Ariya spent a brief spell as the world No.1 when she won the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada in June for her first title of the year and sixth overall.

Wie, who has not won since the 2014 US Women's Open at Pinehurst No.2, has a one-shot lead over I K Kim who shot 65. She got to six under, two shots off the lead, with a birdie at the 15. "It's important for me to try and play well in front of them, seeing as they don't see me very often, and it just so happens at British Open everyone always gets together, so I always try and put in a little bit of a performance for them to show off to them a little bit". But it's a challenging style of golf, which is good. "I've had a good first round, so hopefully I can continue that".

World number two Lexi Thompson was the third member of that marquee group and the best-placed after a birdie at the last sealed a 67. "I think birdieing the fourth hole really helped me out". Now I work on a drill and once I've achieved it, I'm done, no matter about the time.

"It was absolutely gorgeous and with the ocean views and everything it nearly felt like I was playing back home in Hawaii", she added with the kind of ringing endorsement that would have had the good folk at the Fife Tourist Board falling over themselves in a giddy lather. "But I know I'll have to keep the ball low and sometimes aim 50 yards right or 40 yards left". "It's going to be so special if I win in Scotland".