About the Women's British Open::
When: Aug. 1-4
Where: The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
Just a week after winning the LPGA Kingsmill Championship for her first victory in nearly two year, Jiyai Shin ran away with the 2012 WBO. It was her 10th career LPGA win and her second victory in the Women's British Open (Shin also won in 2008). Shin won by nine strokes over runner-up Inbee Park, the largest margin of victory since the tournament became a major.
Women's British Open - Records:
- Most wins: 3 - Karrie Webb (1995, 1997, 2002) and Sherri Steinhauer (1998, 1999, 2006)
- Low round: 62 - Minea Blomqvist, third round, 2004
- Low total strokes: 269 - Karrie Webb, 1997, and Karen Stupples, 2004
- Low total in relation to par: 19-under - Webb (1997) and Stupples (2004)
- Largest margin of victory: As a major - 9 strokes, Jiyai Shin, 2012; Overall - 11 strokes, Ayako Okamoto, 1984
Women's British Open - Golf Courses:
- 2012 - Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
- 2011 - Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland
- 2010 - Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
- 2009 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
Full list of Women's British Open golf courses
Women's British Open - Trivia and Notes:
- An amateur, Jenny Lee-Smith, won the inaugural Women's British Open - then called the Ladies' British Open - in 1976.
- Another amateur, Janet Melville, won in 1978, and Marta Figueras-Dotti won as an amateur in 1982.
- The 1984 tournament (called the Hitachi British Ladies Open), won by Ayako Okamoto by a record 11 strokes, is the only one prior to 1994 that is counted as an official LPGA event.
- Laura Davies was not yet playing in America when, in her second year as a pro, she won the Women's British Open in 1986. The following year she won the U.S. Women's Open and became a member of the LPGA Tour. The U.S. Women's Open victory in '87 also made Davies the first golfer to hold both the British and U.S. women's open titles simultaneously.
- Patty Sheehan was the first to win the U.S. and British women's opens in the same year, doing so in 1992.
- Karrie Webb first gained major notice in 1995 when, as a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, she won the Women's British Open by seven strokes.
- The record for lowest round in a men's or women's major is 62. It's been done twice, the first time by Minea Blomqvist in the third round at Sunningdale in the 2004 Women's British Open.
- The British cereal company Weetabix was the title sponsor of this tournament from 1987 through 2006, when it was known as the Weetabix Women's British Open.
- Catriona Matthew's victory in 2009 came just 11 weeks after Matthew, age 40, gave birth to her second child.
Women's British Open - Past Champions:
2012 - Jiyai Shin
2011 - Yani Tseng
2010 - Yani Tseng
2009 - Catriona Matthew
2008 - Ji-Yai Shin
2007 - Lorena Ochoa
Full List of Past Champions