Park, Recari, Shadoff in Open featured group


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Inbee Park will be flanked by a pair of Europeans when she begins her quest to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open this week and become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a single season.

Park will be off with an early tee time at St. Andrews Thursday in a grouping with Spain’s Beatriz Recari and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

Recari won the last LPGA event staged, the Marathon Classic. Shadoff is on a streak of strong play in the majors. She tied for fourth behind Park at the U.S. Women’s Open and tied for seventh behind Park at the Kraft Nabisco. She tied for third at the Marathon Classic two weeks ago. Shadoff is primed to seize a European Solheim Cup spot.

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Rolex world No. 1 Park goes off with Recari and Shadoff at 7:03 a.m. local time on Thursday and at 11:48 a.m. on Friday.

Rolex No. 2 Stacy Lewis will be paired with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Mika Miyazato in a 6:41 a.m. local tee time on Thursday and at 11:26 a.m. on Friday.

Rolex No. 3 Suzann Pettersen is grouped the first two rounds with Natalie Gulbis and Mamiko Higa (Thursday, 11:59 a.m.; Friday, 7:14 a.m.)

Paula Creamer will go off with Ai Miyazato and Sandra Gal (Thursday, 6:52 a.m.; Friday, 11:37 a.m.). Cristie Kerr is grouped with Brittany Lincicome and Rikako Morita as the first players off in Thursday’s start of the championship (6:30 a.m.).

In another notable pairing, Michelle Wie, 23, trying to show something in her bid to make the U.S. Solheim Cup team, is paired with 17-year-old English phenom Charley Hull and 20-year-old Jessica Korda.