Due to the 2012 Olympics the Ricoh Women’s British Open was moved from July to September and time of year might have a major impact on the final results. Why? Because right now the big story reported from Royal LIverpool at Holylake is the weather. The players faced cold, wind, and even hail during the Pro-Am. Here is a quick video Natalie Gulbis posted from yesterday’s Pro-Am.
Of course after bad weather comes beauty as shown in this tweeted photo from Brittany Lincicome.
Given the tough conditions of the weather, which golfer will shine? What will be the “big story” (other than the weather) at the end of the tournament on Sunday? The questions on my mind are:
(1) Will Yani Tseng win back to back Women’s British Opens and end the slump she has been in the last few months? At the beginning of the golf season all the golf pundits were predicting another big run for Tseng but she shocked the golf world with her poor play this summer.
(2) Can Paula Creamer rebound after the loss to Jiyal Shin last week at the Kingsmill Championship? It was a disappointing blow to Creamer to 3-putt on the final hole which forced her into a sudden-death playoff and ultimately lost with another 3-putt on the 9th playoff hole.
(3) Will Stacy Lewis win another major and finally get the respect she deserves? Lewis is the top ranked American player and ranked #2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings yet she still does not seem to get the exposure that other lesser ranked players get from the golf media. However, I was happy to see that the Adam Schupak wrote a New York Times article yesterday titled Women’s Golf Money Leader Could End U.S. Drought.
(4) How will Lydia Ko perform playing links golf and will she outshine the professionals? She has the buzz coming off her amazing win at the Canadian Open this year. The golf writers are already focused on Ko based on the tweet (below) from Kraig Kann, the Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA.
(5) If not the youngest player, Lydia Ko, will one of the “seasoned” players have a moment of glory? Juli Inkster is at the open on a “medical exemption” (i.e. she is back after recovering from elbow surgery and has not played the full year so she was given a special exception). I don’t think Inkster will contend given the short amount of time she has played this year. Perhaps another “grand dame” might have a go at it. I’ll be keeping my eye on Laura Davies, a 48-year-old British golfer with 45 careers wins (including 4 Majors and 20 LPGA tournament wins). If the wind is up and experience counts, Davies might just have a chance to tame the links.
There are so many other scenarios that could take place. Another Asian golf star (other than Yani Tseng) could win. A player that has been struggling all year (Michelle Wie comes to mind) could suddenly get her game back and win. Or a rookie (hopefully, Lexi Thompson) could thrill the crowd and get her first major. Of course, we can’t forget all the excellent Ladies European Tour (LET) players that could hold the trophy at the end of tournament.
Whatever happens this weekend, let’s hope it is an exciting tournament because the Women’s British Open is the major golf event this weekend; and with the PGA taking a week off before the tour championship, this is an opportunity for women’s golf to take the spotlight and shine.