Final Womens Major Upon Us


LANCASHIRE, England -- History will be made this week at the LPGAs fourth and final major of the year, but what kind of history?
There are so many story lines to this major that a playwright could produce several award-winning scripts from the upcoming four days of drama. The tricky and sometimes unpredictable Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club serves as the backdrop for the Weetabix Womens British Open.
A field of 144 has gathered on the golf hallowed grounds and will try to pen their names in the record books.
Will the worlds best female player, Annika Sorenstam, finally breakthrough and win the tournament that she says is one of the dearest to her heart?
Can she overcome the memory of leaving the tournament early last year as she missed her only cut all season and hoist the trophy that would make her the fifth person in LPGA history to complete the Career Grand Slam?
Betsy King can also accomplish the Career Grand Slam with a win at the Weetabix Womens British Open.
Juli Inkster, a winner last week at the Evian Masters, can join defending champion Karrie Webb in the ultra-exclusive club of having captured the Super Career Grand Slam if she wins.
Hometown favorite, Laura Davies, would qualify to join Inkster and King in the LPGA and World Golf halls of Fame if she triumphs in her native country.
Hilary Lunke escaped the shadows of obscurity last month at the U.S. Women's Open with a pulse-racing, 18-hole playoff win over Kelly Robbins and Angela Stanford. Will it be Lunkes time to shine once again or will another young, unheralded player leave her mark by capturing the years final major?
Seventy-two holes of competitive golf will tell the future of event, but one thing is for certain, whoever wins wont have an easy time doing it. Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club most recently hosted an LPGA event in 1998 and the winning score was 4-over-par.
The Weetabix Womens British Open officially became one of the LPGAs four majors when it replaced the du Maurier Classic in 2001.
Since the tournaments elevation to major status, two of the games brightest stars have won the championship. Se Ri Pak won the inaugural event in 2001 and Webb claimed top billing last year at Turnberry Golf Club.
Both Pak and Webb are favorites again this year. Pak has won four majors in her brief career and has two titles to her credit this year. The 28-year-old Webb has won six majors, but that does not include her wins at the Weetabix Womens British Open in 1995 and 1997, as the tournament was not a major then.
Last year, Webb opened and closed the tournament with a pair of 66s and had a four-day total of 15-under-par 273, which was two shots better than Michelle Ellis and Paul Marti.
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