Most golf fans have already turned their attention to the men’s British Open golf tournament next week, but the women’s major will take place starting Thursday and should feature just as much action.
With top stars such as Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis all fighting for the chance to win at the vaunted tournament, the competition should be just as tough as the men’s event.
Here are the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 and a focus on the player most likely to win.
When: Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, June 13
Where: Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, Merseyside, England
Tee Times: For a complete list of tee times for the first two rounds, visit the official website.
Purse: $3 million; Winner's Share: $450,000
|2014 Women's British Open TV Schedule|
|Thursday, July 10||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Friday, July 11||9 a.m. - 12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Saturday, July 12||8 a.m. - 12 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sunday, July 13||8 a.m. - 12 p.m.||ESPN|
Player to Watch: Lexi Thompson
Several players have the talent to win the 2014 women’s British Open, but few have the right mixture of skill and momentum that American star Lexi Thompson brings to the course this week.
The 19-year-old player has been on huge stages early in her career, but she has not been afraid of the limelight. After finishing third at the Evian Championship, she won the first major of 2014—the Kraft Nabisco Championship— and managed to finish seventh at the women’s U.S. Open.
Thompson took to Twitter to talk about her preparation heading into the British Open:
For a young player, Thompson is not afraid of critiquing her own work. After a lackluster round at last month’s U.S. Open, she told the USGA, via Randall Mell of GolfChannel.com, about what went wrong.
"I think it was just an off day," she said. "I started off well, and I made a bad mess on No. 8. And I actually hit a perfect shot on 9, it just went about three or four yards too far. And I had a bad drop, it went right in a hole. Got a little unlucky, but I didn't ball strike it very well and I missed a few short putts."
Thompson is building off a great end to 2013 as well. Not only did she shine at the Evian Championship, but she also won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to close the calendar year.
While Wie and Lewis are great players, momentum is on Thompson’s side.
Thompson's only win thus far in 2014 was at the first major of the season, but she has amassed an impressive six top-10 finishes so far this year.
As long as she continues to be as accurate with the driver and as sharp with the putter, there is little doubt that Thompson will be at the top of the leaderboard throughout the tournament.
Predicted Finish: 2014 Women’s British Open Winner
Stats via LPGA.com.