Staff picks: Women’s British Open

Jeong Jang won the 2005 Women's British Open at the Royal Birkdale.

Jeong Jang won the 2005 Women's British Open at the Royal Birkdale.

BETH ANN BALDRY

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Site: Southport, England

Courses: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (6,465 yards, par 72)

Purse: $2.5 million

Winner’s share: $398,254

  • Winner: Na Yeon Choi. After missing the cut in her first LPGA event at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month, Choi has gone 1-2-2 in her last three events. Those who follow the tour closely have watched Choi’s progress with great interest, noting her incredible consistency. She tied for second at Oakmont, one of the toughest tracks the tour has seen, and seems due for a major.
  • Sleeper: Azahara Munoz. Spanish rookie has impressed thus far, finishing T-11 and T-19 in her two major starts. She’s tied for fourth on the tour in greens hit and first in rookie points. The 2009 British Amateur champ won her first start as a pro on the LET, so don’t expect her to get unnerved.

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ALISTAIR TAIT

  • Winner: Jeong Jang. She won around this course five years ago and hasn’t won since. She’s due. Royal Birkdale can rekindle that winning feeling. An eighth-place finish at Evian last week shows she has some form coming into the championship.
  • Sleeper: Melissa Reid. The 22-year-old English player is Britain’s next big hope. She has won once this season, the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, and also has a second. She was the leading amateur in this championship three years ago at St. Andrews, and has a good chance to win her first major this week.

The Women’s British Open field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 1. Suzann Pettersen
  • 2. Jiyai Shin
  • 3. Song-Hee Kim
  • 4. Cristie Kerr
  • 5. Na Yeon Choi
  • 6. Yani Tseng
  • 8. Ai Miyazato
  • 9. Angela Stanford
  • 10. Karrie Webb
  • 11. Morgan Pressel
  • 12. Paula Creamer
  • 13. Sakura Yokomine
  • 14. Michelle Wie
  • 15. Anna Nordqvist
  • 16. Sun-Ju Ahn
  • 17. Inbee Park
  • 18. Catriona Matthew
  • 19. Amy Yang
  • 20. Maria Hjorth
  • 21. In-Kyung Kim
  • 22. Chie Arimura
  • 23. Azahara Munoz
  • 24. Kristy McPherson
  • 25. Momoko Ueda
  • 29. Sophie Gustafson
  • 30. Sun Young Yoo
  • 31. M.J. Hur
  • 33. Brittany Lincicome
  • 34. Jeong Jang
  • 35. Na On Min
  • 36. Katherine Hull
  • 38. Brittany Lang
  • 39. Seon-Hwa Lee
  • 40. Stacy Lewis
  • 42. Jee Young Lee
  • 43. Hee-Won Han
  • 44. Stacy Prammanasudh
  • 45. Juli Inkster
  • 47. Hee Young Park
  • 48. Karen Stupples
  • 50. Meena Lee
  • 52. Amanda Blumenherst
  • 53. Shanshan Feng
  • 54. Candie Kung
  • 56. Paige Mackenzie
  • 57. Christina Kim
  • 59. Chella Choi
  • 60. Lindsey Wright
  • 61. Natalie Gulbis
  • 62. Sherri Steinhauer
  • 64. Heather Bowie Young
  • 67. Laura Davies
  • 68. Alena Sharp
  • 69. Rui Kitada
  • 70. Jennifer Rosales
  • 72. Karine Icher
  • 74. Vicky Hurst
  • 76. Jimin Kang
  • 79. Eun-Hee Ji
  • 80. Katie Futcher
  • 81. Sandra Gal
  • 82. Pat Hurst
  • 83. Soo-Yun Kang
  • 85. Kyeong Bae
  • 89. Akane Iijima
  • 90. Jane Park
  • 91. Sarah-Jane Smith
  • 92. Teresa Lu
  • 94. Mika Miyazato
  • 95. Kris Tamulis
  • 97. Giulia Sergas
  • 99. Haeji Kang
  • 100. Melissa Reid
  • 102. Amy Hung
  • 103. Helen Alfredsson
  • 106. Wendy Ward
  • 111. Iben Tinning
  • 116. Allison Hanna
  • 117. Janice Moodie
  • 118. Eunjung Yi
  • 119. Meaghan Francella
  • 120. Moira Dunn
  • 123. Mindy Kim
  • 124. Kristie Smith
  • 126. Pernilla Lindberg
  • 127. Karin Sjodin
  • 129. Becky Brewerton
  • 132. Ji-Young Oh
  • 134. Gwladys Nocera
  • 137. Sarah Lee
  • 142. Irene Cho
  • 144. Beatriz Recari
  • 145. Carin Koch
  • 147. Maria Hernandez
  • 153. Jade Schaeffer
  • 156. Marianne Skarpnord
  • 160. Julieta Granada
  • 166. Lisa Meldrum
  • 168. Trish Johnson
  • 170. Lee-Anne Pace
  • 174. Anja Monke
  • 179. Ashleigh Simon
  • 186. Rebecca Coakley
  • 187. Virginia Lagoutte- Clement
  • 195. Veronica Zorzi
  • 212. Florentyna Parker
  • 214. Linda Wessberg
  • 216. Christel Boeljon
  • 217. Caroline Afonso
  • 221. Louise Friberg
  • 222. Jean Reynolds
  • 225. Mollie Fankhauser
  • 229. Misun Cho
  • 235. Karen Lunn
  • 258. Libby Smith
  • 264. Krystle Caithness
  • 268. Silvia Cavalleri
  • 269. Frances Bondad
  • 273. Malene Jorgensen
  • 279. Nina Reis
  • 283. Anne-Lise Caudal
  • 285. Stacy Bregman
  • 307. Vikki Laing
  • 315. Sophie Giquel
  • 341. Lynnette Brooky
  • 355. Georgina Simpson
  • 366. Lynn Kenny
  • 383. Karen Margrethe Juul
  • 412. Martina Gillen
  • 478. Melodie Bourdy
  • N/R. a-Amy Boulden
  • N/R. a-Caroline Hedwall
  • N/R. Mi Hyun Kim
  • N/R. Diana Luna
  • N/R. Matia Maffuletti
  • N/R. Caroline Masson
  • N/R. a-Danielle McVeigh
  • N/R. Stephanie Michi
  • N/R. Sophie Sandolo
  • N/R. Hee-Kyeong Seo
  • N/R. a-Kelly Tidy
  • N/R. Mariajo Uribe
  • N/R. a-Julie Yang
  • N/R. Henrietta Zuel
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