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Aussies chase big Open prize

Hannah Green
Hannah Green is seeking her second major at the Women's British Open. Image: Getty

Seven Australians will tee it up at Woburn Golf Club in the AIG Women’s British Open starting tomorrow, with prizemoney increased to a record $US4.5 million.

Regular LPGA players Hannah Green, Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Katherine Kirk and Sarah Kemp are joined by veteran Karrie Webb and Western Australian Whitney Hillier in the field.

Lee finished 10th in the Open last year but has been in a flat patch recently, having scaled to No. 2 in the world after her win in Los Angeles in April, then falling to No. 4 on the rankings.

The Perth 23-year-old has won five times on the LPGA Tour but her record in the majors – three top-10 finishes in 28 starts – does not reflect her standing in the game.

She missed the cut at the Evian Championship in France last week.

Oh, Kirk and Kemp have all had steady years while Webb is a three-time winner of the Open, and Green won the Women’s PGA Championship a month ago.

Green’s performance will be interesting since this is the last major of the year. If she wins the Open, and Jin Young Ko finishes outside the top 10, they will tie for the Annika Award for best performer in majors this year.

Ko, the South Korean who won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open last year, has already won two majors for the year.

If she wins this week, she will join a list of just four players to have had a three-major season on the women’s circuit --  Inbee Park (2013), Pat Bradley (1986), Mickey Wright (1961) and Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1950).

The Open is live on Kayo Sports from 8pm Australian eastern time tomorrow.


AUSSIE TEE TIMES ROUND ONE (Australian eastern standard time)

4.25pm Minjee Lee

4.36 Hannah Green

5.31 Karrie Webb

5.58 Su Oh

7.48 Whitney Hillier

11.33 Katherine Kirk

11.44 Sarah Kemp

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